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Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.

Author: Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)

Profession: American Journalist

In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.

Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892)

Profession: American Poet

They are slaves who fear to speak, for the fallen and the weak.

Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, Editor

Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.

Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, Editor

Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.

Author: Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913)

Profession: British Statesman, Banker, Naturalist

Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.

Author: John Luther


The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.

Author: Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859)

Profession: American Essayist and Historian

Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is... the highway to success.

Author: Og Mandino (1923-1996)

Profession: American Motivational Author, Speaker

It is well to think well. It is divine to act well.

Author: Horace Mann (1796-1859)

Profession: American Educator

Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.

Author: Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

Profession: American Author, Founder of Success Magazine

We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.

Author: Jacques Maritain (1882-1973)

Profession: French Philosopher

While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.

Author: John Mason


If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.

Author: Andre Maurois (1885-1967)

Profession: French Writer

Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.

Author: Merikare


Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.

Author: James A. Michener (1907)

Profession: American Writer