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Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

If you don't run your own life, somebody else will.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Integrity has no need of rules.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do.
The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
You can buy a person's time; you can buy their physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of their skilled muscular motions per hour. But you can not buy enthusiasm... you can not buy loyalty. You can not buy the devotion of hearts, minds, or souls. You must earn these.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Character is what you are in the dark.
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose.

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