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Bear in mind that brains and learning, like muscle and physical skill, are articles of commerce. They are bought and sold. You can hire them by the year or by the hour. The only thing in the world not for sale is character.
Antonin Scalia

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2.
Your true character Is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do 'Nothing' for you
Mother Teresa

Your genuine identity is accurately judged by how you treat those who can be of no benefit to you.
3.
Love always elevates the character of man. It never lowers him, provided love be love
Bhagat Singh

Affection invariably ennobles the nature of humanity. It never debases them, so long as love is genuine.
4.
My success symbolizes loyalty, great friends, Dedication, hard work, routine builds character. In a world full of snakes, rats and scavengers
Nas

My success stands as a testament to loyalty, exceptional companions, Commitment, diligence, discipline develops personality. In an atmosphere of duplicity and selfishness.
5.
A life in Christ is a life of restfulness. There may be no ecstasy of feeling, but there should be an abiding peaceful trust. Your hope is not in yourself; it is in Christ. Your weakness is united to His strength, your ignorance to His wisdom, your frailty to His enduring might....Let the mind dwell upon His love, upon the beauty, the perfection of His character.
Ellen G. White

6.
All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.
Walt Disney

Every cartoon and tall tale must be an embellishment, a parody. Such is the essence of imagination and folklore.
7.
Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling
Bill Belichick

'Capacity furnishes the baseline, integrity supplies the limit'.
8.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself
Peter the Great

'I have attained mastery over a kingdom yet I cannot tame my own soul.'
9.
Learning to stand in somebody else's shoes, to see through their eyes, that's how peace begins. And it's up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.
Barack Obama

10.
When a plane crashes and some die while others live, a skeptic calls into question God's moral character, saying that he has chosen some to live and others to die on a whim; yet you say it is your moral right to choose whether the child within you should live or die. Does that not sound odd to you? When God decides who should live or die, he is immoral. When you decide who should live or die, it's your moral right.
Ravi Zacharias

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If the Irish once find out that there are any circumstances in which they can get free government grants, we shall have a system of mendicancy [begging] such as the world never knew”. After a million had starved to death he stated “The great evil with which we have to contend is not the physical evil of the famine, but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people.
Charles Trevelyan

12.
When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.
Fulton J. Sheen

13.
Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the application of external force is pure nonsense. Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our free institutions - those institutions we proudly called the American way of life.
Douglas MacArthur

14.
A man of bad character punishes his own soul.
Al-Ghazali

A man of ill repute torments his own spirit.
15.
The life of a character should be an unbroken line of events and emotions, but a play only gives us a few moments on that line - we must create the rest to portray a convincing life.
Constantin Stanislavski

The existence of a character should be an uninterrupted succession of occurrences and sentiments, however a performance only provides us with some instants on that course - we must fabricate the remainder to depict a credible life.
16.
It is a mindless philosophy that assumes that one's private beliefs have nothing to do with public office. Does it make sense to entrust those who are immoral in private with the power to determine the nation's moral issues and, indeed, its destiny? One of the most dangerous and terrifying trends in America today is the disregard for character as a central necessity in a leader's credentials. The duplicitous soul of a leader can only make a nation more sophisticated in evil.
Ravi Zacharias

17.
We are all in this world together, and the only test of our character that matters is how we look after the least fortunate among us. How we look after each other, not how we look after ourselves. That's all that really matters, I think.
Tommy Douglas

18.
All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His service. When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience. Through an appreciation of the character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will become hateful to us.
Ellen G. White

19.
Too often character assassination has replaced debate in principle here in Washington. Destroy someone's reputation, and you don't have to talk about what he stands for.
Ronald Reagan

Discreditment and defamatory talk have supplanted argumentation on the fundamentals here in Washington. Malign someone's character, and you don't have to address what he stands for.
20.
Your character is your accumulation of your thoughts, habits and priorities on a day-to-day basis.
Nick Saban

Your character is the sum of your daily musings, routines and priorities.
21.
Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

'The benevolence of humankind has never sapped the strength or weakened the resilience of a liberated people. A country does not need to be harsh to be strong.'
22.
A man's character is not judged after he celebrates a victory, but by what he does when his back is against the wall.
John Cena

A man's mettle is not determined once he rejoices in success, but by how he responds when the odds are stacked against him.
23.
To have a right estimate of a man's character,
we must see him in misfortune.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Accurately gauge a person's nature by observing them in adversity.
24.
No society can long sustain itself unless its members have learned the sensitivities, motivations and skills involved in assisting and caring for other human beings.
Urie Bronfenbrenner

No society can endure without its constituents acquiring the sensitivities, incentives and capabilities required to aid and nurture other individuals.
25.
An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual.
Robert Baden-Powell

Assign accountability to the person.
26.
I think most people don't really understand all that it takes to stand on your toes, and to be able to jump and land without any noise, or for a male dancer to be able to lift a girl. All of these things look so effortless, but there's an attention to detail and years of training, as well as being able to transform into a character and being able to meld all of those things together.
Misty Copeland

27.
Character, courage, industry and perseverance are the four pillars on which the whole edifice of human life can be built and failure is a word unknown to me.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Resolve, bravery, diligence and tenacity are the four cornerstones upon which all human existence can be constructed and defeat is a concept unfamiliar to me.
28.
The prosperity of a country depends, not on the abundance of its revenues, nor on the strength of its fortifications, nor on the beauty of its public buildings; but it consists in the number of its cultivated citizens, in its men of education, enlightenment and character.
Martin Luther

29.
We are formed by environment and grace, by politics and prayer, by church and conscience. All God's creatures conspire to teach us as well. We stumble. We stutter. We rise. We are lifted.
Anthony of Padua

We are shaped by our surroundings and beneficence, by policies and supplication, by spiritual community and morality. All of God's beings work together to instruct us likewise. We err. We falter. We ascend. We are uplifted.
30.
The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.
Bryan Stevenson

The ultimate manifestation of our humanity is how we handle those who are disadvantaged, rejected, blamed, imprisoned, and sentenced.
31.
Any fool can criticize,
condemn and complain - and most fools do.
But it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.
Dale Carnegie

Any simpleton can offer reproof, censure and protest - and most simpletons do. But it requires strength of character and self-discipline to be tolerant and merciful.
32.
Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.
Anne Frank

'Human grandeur does not lie in abundance or dominance, but in morality and benevolence. People are just people, and all persons have imperfections and deficiencies, but all of us are endowed with an innate kindness.'
33.
The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.
Gichin Funakoshi

The paramount intention of Karate is not to prevail or succumb, but to refine the qualities of its practitioners.
34.
Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called "the love of your fate." Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, "This is what I need." It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment-not discouragement-you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.
Joseph Campbell

35.
The anger that you see expressed out there in Los Angeles, in my district this evening, is a righteous anger, and it's difficult for me to say to the people, "Don't be angry." When people are angry and enraged, they do do senseless things. They do act even sometimes out of character, and that's why it is the responsibility of America to try and avoid putting people in these kinds of situations.
Maxine Waters

36.
Gender is not something that one is, it is something one does, an act... a "doing" rather than a "being". There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender; that identity is performatively constituted by the very "expressions" that are said to be its results. If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps this construct called 'sex' is as culturally constructed as gender; indeed, perhaps it was always already gender, with the consequence that the distinction between sex and gender turns out to be no distinction at all.
Judith Butler

37.
A mans life will be of the character of his thought. His outward life will be as the inner impulse is.
John G. Lake

One's existence will be reflective of their musings. Their external life will mirror the internal drive.
38.
A state too expensive in itself, or by virtue of its dependencies, ultimately falls into decay; its free government is transformed into a tyranny; it disregards the principles which it should preserve, and finally degenerates into despotism. The distinguishing characteristic of small republics is stability: the character of large republics is mutability.
Simon Bolivar

39.
A Man who is Shy and Modest, is An Amazing Character, but a Women who is Shy and Modest is Beyond Amazing.
Abu Bakr

40.
But the fact is that when wine is taken in moderation, it gives rise to a large amount of breath, whose character is balanced, and whose luminosity is strong and brilliant. Hence wine disposes greatly to gladness, and the person is subject to quite trivial exciting agents. The breath now takes up the impression of agents belonging to the present time more easily than it does those which relate to the future; it responds to agents conducive to delight rather than those conducive to a sense of beauty.
Avicenna

41.
Whatever defamation of character my enemies are spreading about me, I do not feel the need to justify myself toward them. While discretion obliges me to remain silent, my duty compels me to prevent them from doing any more harm.
Toussaint Louverture

42.
There is no more critical indicator of the future of a society than the character, competence, and integrity of its youth.
Urie Bronfenbrenner

The caliber of the younger generation is the most telling prognosticator of a society's destiny.
43.
We must support our rights or lose our character, and with it, perhaps, our liberties.
James Monroe

We must safeguard our freedoms or forfeit our integrity, and with it, potentially, our independence.
44.
Understand: you are one of a kind. Your character traits are a kind of chemical mix that will never be repeated in history. There are ideas unique to you, a specific rhythm and perspective that are your strengths, not your weaknesses. You must not be afraid of your uniqueness and you must care less and less what people think of you.
Robert Greene

45.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
Abraham Lincoln

You cannot foster strength and bravery by suppressing people's motivation and autonomy. You cannot assist others in the long run by performing what they are capable of doing for themselves.
46.
Political activity alone cannot make a man free. Back of the ballot, he must have property, industry, skill, economy, intelligence, and character.
Booker T. Washington

Political involvement alone cannot make a man autonomous. Behind the ballot, he must possess resources, diligence, expertise, prudence, wisdom, and morality.
47.
The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves.
Rachel Carson

Humankind is challenged more than ever to prove our command, not of the natural world but of ourselves.
48.
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
Billy Graham

When riches are gone, nothing is missed; when vigour vanishes, something is forfeited; when integrity erodes, everything is lost.
49.
Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness.
Anne Frank

Human greatness does not lie in affluence or authority, but in integrity and benevolence.
50.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
Blaise Pascal

Generous expressions do not take much effort. Yet they yield great results.