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The highest qualities of characterů must be earned.

Author: Lyman Abbott (1835-1922)

Profession: American Congregational Clergyman and Editor

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.

Author: Aeschylus

Profession: Greek Dramatist

Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou

Author: Akhenaton

Profession: Egyptian King, Monotheist

Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.

Author: Akhenaton

Profession: Egyptian King, Monotheist

It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.

Author: Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

Profession: Swiss Philosopher, Poet, Critic

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.

Author: Maya Angelou (1928)

Profession: African-American poet, Writer, Performer

Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.

Author: St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Profession: Italian Scholastic Philosopher and Theologian

Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

My father told me that if you saw a man in a Rolls Royce you could be sure he was not a gentleman unless he was the chauffeur.

Author: Earl of Arran


The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.

Author: Fred Astaire (1899-1987)

Profession: American Dancer, Singer, Actor

If you don't run your own life, somebody else will.

Author: John Atkinson


When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.

Author: Decimus Magnus Ausonius (310-395)

Profession: Latin Poet, Man of Letters

Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions.

Author: Roger Babson (1875-1967)

Profession: American Statistician, Columnist

Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.

Author: Faith Baldwin