Cornerstones

Character

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Our character is what
‌we do when we think ‌no one is looking.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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

Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
Harper Lee

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln

A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
Mark Twain

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You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.
Ronald Reagan

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.

Goodness is about character--integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.
Dennis Prager

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
Eleanor Roosevelt

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.
A.A. Milne

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: “To rise above little things.”
John Burroughs

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
Seneca

The greatest battles of life are fought out daily in the silent chambers of the soul.
David O. McKay

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

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
Benjamin Franklin

Character is much easier kept than recovered.
Thomas Paine

Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
Elbert Hubbard

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