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Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly. Lawrence G. Lovasik, clergyman
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You're under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago. Alan Watts, philosopher
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Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently. Maya Angelou, poet
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If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. J. K. Rowling, author
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Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. Kurt Vonnegut, author
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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln, president
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Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth. Chuck Norris, actor
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It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through. Zig Ziglar, author
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Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are. Niccolo Machiavelli, writer
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Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what you fall for. Alexander Woollcott, critic
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You are creating through your choices, even now. Choose wisely. Bryant H. McGill, poet
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We should come home from adventures and perils and discoveries with new experiences and character. Henry David Thoreau, author
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You can tell the character of every man when you see how he gives and receives praise. Seneca, statesman
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Be congruent, be authentic and be yourself. Mahatma Gandhi, leader
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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader
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You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character. Richard M. Nixon, president
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Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller, author
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It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered. Aeschylus, poet
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Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character. John Wooden, coach
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I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader
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Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. Albert Einstein, physicist
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Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking. Chinese Proverbs,
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Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world. Johann von Goethe, writer
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The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character. Peter De Vries, novelist
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If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse. Proverbs,
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The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader
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When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. Confucius, philosopher
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A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Bible proverbs,
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If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow. Chinese Proverbs,
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Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. Dale Carnegie, writer
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The empty vessel makes the loudest sound. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time. George W. Bush, president
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People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are. Les Brown, motivational speaker
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The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any. Fred Astaire, actor
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When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them. Plato, philosopher
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Do not wait for the last judgement. It takes place every day. Albert Camus, philosopher
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Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed. Benjamin Disraeli, statesman
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Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. Billy Graham, clergyman
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A person born to be a flower pot will not go beyond the porch. Mexican proverbs,
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One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them. Proverbs,
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Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character. Grenville Kleiser, author
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Character is what you are in the dark. Dwight L. Moody, clergyman
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Character is much easier kept than recovered. Thomas Paine, writer
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The Japanese have a strong tendency to suppress their own feelings. That's the Japanese character. They kill their own emotions. Ichiro Suzuki, athlete
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Deep down, I'm pretty superficial. Ava Gardner, actress
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We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. Abraham Lincoln, president
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Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us. Thomas Paine, writer
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The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity. Mahatma Gandhi, leader
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Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Aristotle, philosopher
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No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world. Johann von Goethe, writer
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The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do. John Holt, educator
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In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
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The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. Thomas Babington Macaulay, poet
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Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure. Source Unknown,
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Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface. Source Unknown,
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Character, not circumstances, makes the man. Booker T. Washington, educator
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Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him. African Proverbs,
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Character is to man what carbon is to steel. Napoleon Hill, writer
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Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. Ann Landers, journalist
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Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. H. Jackson Brown, Jr., author
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Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse. Juvenal, poet
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Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended. Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer
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Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming. Jim Rohn, businessman
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It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character. Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher
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Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity. Source Unknown,
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Character is power. Booker T. Washington, educator
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All in all, Kirk's character is something I am very proud of. William Shatner, actor
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Character develops itself in the stream of life. Johann von Goethe, writer
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To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time. Katharine Hepburn, actress
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A man's character is his guardian divinity. Heraclitus, philosopher
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You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be. Johann Kaspar Lavater, theologian
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Character matters; leadership descends from character. Rush Limbaugh, entertainer
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It is well to think well. It is divine to act well. Horace Mann, educator
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It's good to shut up sometimes. Marcel Marceau, actor
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Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character. Anthony Robbins, author
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You can't truthfully explain your smallest action without fully revealing your character. Source Unknown,
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Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one. Source Unknown,
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The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it. Voltaire (Fran, writer
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Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty. Woodrow Wilson, president
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Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. John Wooden, coach
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I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader
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Somehow I kept my head above water. I relied on the discipline, character, and strength that I had started to develop as that little girl in her first swimming pool. Esther Williams, actress
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Perfection of character consists in this; living each day as if it were the last, and spending each moment in peace. Marcus Aurelius, emperor
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Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. James A. Froude, historian
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Human improvement is from within outward. James A. Froude, historian
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The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government. Thomas C. Haliburton,
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Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. Elbert Hubbard, writer
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Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have. Alphonse Karr, critic
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There have always been hard times. There have always been wars and troubles Louis L'Amour, author
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A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents. G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg, scientist
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Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work. Orison Swett Marden, writer
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We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities. Jacques Maritain, philosopher
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When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character. W. Somerset Maugham, playwright
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Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. James A. Michener, novelist
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Character is simply habit long continued. Plutarch, philosopher
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Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character. George Santayana, philosopher
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The test of any man's character is how he takes praise. Source Unknown,
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The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions. Source Unknown,
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All violent feelings have the same effect. They produce in us a falseness in all our impressions of external things, which I would generally characterize as the pathetic fallacy. John Ruskin, writer
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It gets pretty boring when all you are is the support system for a male character. Zoe Saldana, actress
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I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments. Dr. Seuss, writer
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Some people are born hammers, others anvils. Proverbs,
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It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is. Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher
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Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion. Thomas Aquinas, theologian
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Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids. Aristotle, philosopher
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As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7 Bible,
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To measure the man, measure his heart. Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, entrepreneur
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You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. Oliver Goldsmith, poet
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Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures. Horace Greeley, editor
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Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time. Elbert Hubbard, writer
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Every man has three characters -- that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has. Alphonse Karr, critic
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Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it. Sir John Lubbock,
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If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it. Mohammed,
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I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within. Plautus, playwright
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To have character is to be big enough to take life on. Mary Caroline Richards,
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A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s. Jean Paul Richter,
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Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones. Darrell Royal, coach
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If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business. William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist
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Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed. Henry David Thoreau, author
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The man that makes a character, makes foes. Edward Young, poet
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Character is destiny. Heraclitus, philosopher
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I like to be able to play a character and act out a lot of things which I can't or don't do in my normal everyday life. Leonardo DiCaprio, actor
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Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested. Oswald Chambers, theologian
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Character must be kept bright as well as clean. Lord Chesterfield, statesman
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You must look into people, as well as at them. Lord Chesterfield, statesman
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To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle. Confucius, philosopher
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Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character Stephen Covey, businessman
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There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice. Benjamin Disraeli, statesman
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To judge a man's character by only one of its manifestations is like judging the sea by a jugful of its water. Paul Eldridge, educator
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Do what you know and perception is converted into character. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character. Horace, poet
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Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals. David Hume, philosopher
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Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop. Tacitus, historian
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The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals. Henry David Thoreau, author
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Character is a victory, not a gift. Source Unknown,
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Nothing endures but personal qualities. Walt Whitman, poet
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From Ernest Hemingway's stories, I learned to listen within my stories for what went unsaid by my characters. Nadine Gordimer, novelist
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The idea of exploring character relations and their development over a decade has to be appealing for any actor who cherishes his craft. Vin Diesel, actor
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I'm just really thankful to have the chance to portray a character you don't see every day. Regina King, actress
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There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, poet
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I really don't know what I'm doing... I don't. It's terrible. I go in there and I learn how to be like the character and do the best I can, and that's all I really do. Leonardo DiCaprio, actor
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Dreams are the touchstones of our character. Henry David Thoreau, author
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A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. Theodore Roosevelt, president
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A man of character in peace is a man of courage in war. Charles Wilson, public servant
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