It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed—The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. All history will convince you of this, and that wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.
I am the perpretor of my suffering
- but only all of it.”.
It’s not your job to like me< br />
- it’s mine.”
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.
The shell is America’s most active contribution to the formation of character. A tough hide. Grow it early.
The world may take your reputation from you, but it cannot take your character.
‘Tis true that tho’ People can transcend their Characters in Times of Tranquility, they can ne’er do so in Times of Tumult.
I never like anyone till I’ve seen him at his worst.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
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.
Placing the blame or judgment on someone else
leaves you powerless to change your experience.
Taking responsability for your beliefs and judgments
gives you the power to change them.