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Ken’s Favorite Quotes on Character

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Chauncey C Riddle
Chauncey C Riddle

“Our religion is the sum total of our habits” – Chauncey Riddle

“As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” Proverbs 23:7

Bryan Tracey
Bryan Tracey

Character is the ability to follow through with a decision after the emotion of making the decision has past. Bryan Tracy

“This is the final test of a gentleman – his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.” William Lyon Phelps


Thomas S Monson
Thomas S Monson

“When we deal in generalities, we shall never succeed. When we deal in specifics, we shall rarely have a failure. When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of performance accelerates.“  Thomas S Monson

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.” William Shakespeare from Julius Caesar


Frank Outlaw
Frank Outlaw

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” Frank Outlaw

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” Haywood Hale Broun

Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau

“Dreams are touchstones of our character.” Henry David Thoreau

“What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.” Henry Van Dyke

“Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so prized as that of character.” Henry Clay

“Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.” Jacqueline Bisset

“You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself. The height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery: the depth of failure by his self-abandonment. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.” Leonardo de Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci

“The simple virtues of willingness, readiness, alertness, and courtesy will carry a young man farther than mere smartness.” Henry P. Daveson

“You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.” Harriett Woods

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday you will have been all of these.” George Washington Carver

“The character ethic, which I believe to be the foundation of success, teaches that there are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character.” Stephen Covey

David O McKay
David O McKay

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

“Parents can only give good advice or put their children on the right path, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” Anne Frank

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain

“It’s easy to say ‘no!’ when there’s a deeper ‘yes!’ burning inside.” Stephen Covey

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.” Joan Borysenko

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.” Jesse Jackson

“So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.” Will Rogers

“This above all; to thine own self be true.” William Shakespeare

“The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are. And if our words and our actions come from superficial human relations techniques (the Personality Ethic) rather than from our own inner core (the Character Ethic), others will sense that duplicity. We simply won’t be able to create and sustain the foundation necessary for effective interdependence.” Stephen Covey

“When men speak ill of you, live so as nobody may believe them.” Plato

“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” James A. Michener

“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

Robert Frost
Robert Frost

“I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

“I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.” Booker T. Washington

“There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.” George Burton Adams

“Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.” Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

“Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the gratefully and appreciating heart.” Henry Clay

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” Albert Einstein

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” Sam Ewing

“Talent develops in tranquility, character in the full current of human life.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.” Dr. Dale E. Turner

“To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.” William Somerset Maugham

“A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.” Proverbs 19:9

Stephen R Covey
Stephen R Covey

“It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one’s heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.” Stephen Covey

Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character… Stephen Covey

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