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The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.

Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
A rich man has no need of character.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
Honor and shame from no condition rise; Act well your part, there all the honor lies.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards, himself his own dungeon.
Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.
Character development is the aim of education.
A character is a completely fashioned will.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
If we have need of a strong will in order to do good, it is still more necessary for us in order not to do evil.
He that has light within his own clear breast may sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
It is well to think well. It is divine to act well.
They are slaves who fear to speak, for the fallen and the weak.
In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Good character is like a rubber ball -- thrown down hard -- it bounces right back. Good reputation is like a crystal ball -- thrown for gain -- shattered and cracked.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
Every man has three characters -- that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.
I have often thought the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it comes upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: This is the real me!.
No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one's sentiments may be, if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one's character may remain entirely unaffected for the better.
What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support and opens the way to wealth, honor and happiness.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.