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- Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
- Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.
- Pride sullies the noblest character.
- Knowledge is essential to conquest; only according to our ignorance are we helpless. Thought creates character. Character can dominate conditions. Will creates circumstances and environment.
- Anne Besant (1847 - 1933)
- Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
- Elihu Burritt
- I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
- Nathaniel Emmons
- It violates right order whenever capital so employees the working or wage-earning classes as to divert business and economic activity entirely to its own arbitrary will and advantage without, the social character of economic life, social justice, and the common good.
- Pope Pius XI (1857 - 1939)
- You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
- William J. H. Boetcker, 1916 (often attributed to Lincoln)
- Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
- Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), Lincoln's Own Stories
- 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 (1880 - 1968)
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