Character & Integrity

The chief happiness for a man is to be what he is.

A person's character is his fate.

Character is simply habit long continued.

Sincerity is the way of Heaven. The attainment of sincerity is the way of men. He who possesses sincerity, is he who, without an effort, does what is right, and apprehends, without the exercise of thought; he is the sage who naturally and easily embodies the right way. He who attains to sincerity, is he who chooses what is good, and firmly holds it fast.

The great man does not think beforehand of his words that they may be sincere, nor of his actions that they may be resolute; he simply speaks and does what is right.

Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.

Virtue is its own reward.

There is nothing nobler than humanity.

The moral sense of conscience is by far the most important and most noble attribute of man.

Man is his own Star; and that soul that can be honest, is the only perfect man.

Sin is a queer thing. It isn't the breaking of divine commandments. It is the breaking of one's own integrity.

The great sin by which we all are tempted is the wish to hurt others.

He who hates vice, hates mankind.

No man ever quite believes in any other man.

A man who never trusts himself never trusts anyone.

A man must first despise himself, and then others will despise him.

When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional beliefs to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for commission of every other crime. Infidelity does not consist in believing or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.

"Know Thyself" is a good saying, but not in all situations. In many it is better to say, "Know Others."

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.

To bear prosperity like a gentleman is the mark of a man, to deprecate envy the mark of a disciplined character, to rise superior to pleasure by reason the mark of a sage, to govern anger the mark of an extraordinary man.

Heroism is the brilliant triumph of the soul over the flesh; over fear of poverty, of suffering, of calumny, of sickness, of isolation, and of death.

Heroism is the dazzling and glorious concentration of courage.

A hero is a man who does what he can.

The ethos is his moral character, the source of his ability to persuade.
The pathos is his ability to touch feelings, to move people emotionally.
The logos is his ability to give solid reasons for an action, to move people intellectually.
A good leader must have ethos, pathos, and logos.

We will one day live in a nation when they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character.

The wise man, who is lord over himself, whom neither poverty, or death, nor bonds affright.

Learn to conquer your belly, sloth, luxury, and rage.

Master anger.

To know men is to be wise, to know one's self is to be illuminated. To conquer men is to have strength, to conquer one's self is to be stronger still. And to know when you have enough is to be rich.

If you have respect for your enemy instead of anger, your compassion will develop.

A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world: everyone you meet is your mirror. - Ken Keyes Jr.

Repentance is not only a realization of failure, not only a burst of contrition for having failed the good, not only a readiness to admit this failure freely, but also a determination not to fail the good again.

Silence is the cornerstone of character.

He is straightforward, but allows himself no license; he is bright but does not dazzle.

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. - Plato

Habit becomes character.

The great man does not think beforehand of his words that they may be sincere, nor of his actions that they may be resolute; he simply speaks and does what is right.

If a man should love others and the emotion is not returned, let him turn inward and examine his own benevolence. If a man is trying to rule others, and is unsuccessful, let him turn inward and examine his wisdom. If he treats others politely and they do not return the politeness, let him turn inward and examine his own feelings of respect.

Nearly all men can stand adversity. But if you want to test a man's character, give him power. - Abraham Lincoln

There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he's absolutely free to choose. - William M. Bulgar


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