It is an observation no less just than common that there is no stronger test of a man’s real character than power and authority, exciting, as they do, every passion, and discovering every latent vice.
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He 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)
The superior man examines his heart, that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause for dissatisfaction with himself.
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.
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Character isn’t inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains.
The power of the Latin classic is in character, that of the Greek is in beauty. Now character is capable of being taught, learned, and assimilated: beauty hardly.
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
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)
Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is: the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)
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