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Quotations about human character

Jacqueline Bisset – Character contributes to beauty

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Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.

Jacqueline Bisset   (1944-)

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Helen Keller – Trial and suffering and character

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Helen KellerCharacter 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.

Helen Keller   (1880-1968)

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Plato – Without knowledge of another’s character

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platoMisanthropy ariseth from a man trusting another without having sufficient knowledge of his character, and, thinking him to be truthful, sincere, and honorable, finds a little afterwards that he is wicked, faithless, and then he meets with another of the same character. When a man experiences this often, and more particularly from those whom he considered his most dear and best friends, at last, having frequently made a slip, he hates the whole world, and thinks that there is nothing sound at all in any of them.

Plato  

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Immanuel Kant – Cruelty to animals

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Immanuel KantHe who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.

Immanuel Kant   (1724-1804)

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George Eliot – Character is not unalterable

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Character is not cut in marble — it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing, and may become diseased as our bodies do.

George Eliot   (1819-1880)

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John Adams – The most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge

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John AdamsLiberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right. . .and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.

John Adams   (1735-1826)
A Dissertation on the Canon and Federal Law

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Joseph Addison – The natural weakness of an ambitious man

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Joseph AddisonVanity is the natural weakness of an ambitious man, which exposes him to the secret scorn and derision of those he converses with, and ruins the character he is so industrious to advance by it.

Joseph Addison   (1672-1719)

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