Good Character

Good character consists of knowing the good, desiring the good, and doing the good habits of the mind, habits of the heart, and habits of action. ~ Thomas Lickona


In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first and dental hygiene online courses, the other two will kill you.  – Warren Buffet


I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man. – George Washington


The only thing necessary for the triumph of Evil is for good people to do NOTHING.  – Edmund Burke



Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist.   They are wrong:  it is Character.  – Albert Einstein



To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.  – Theodore Roosevelt



There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without Work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without Character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without Principle; Science without humanity; Business without Ethics. – Mahatma Gandhi



Character is the inward motivation to do what is right, whatever the cost.  -  International Association of Cities of Character


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.   John Luther



Nothing is more important for the public wealth than to form and train up youth in wisdom and virtue.  – Benjamin Franklin


Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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.    -  Unknown

We become just by the practice of just actions, self-controlled by exercising self-control, and courageous by performing acts of courage.  – Aristotle


Recommend virtue to your children, it alone, not money, will make them happy. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven


Character is POWER;  it makes friends, draws patronage and support and opens the way to wealth, honor and happiness.  – J Howe


People of character don’t allow the environment to dictate their style.  – Lucille Kallen



Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.   Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.  – Helen Keller


Character is higher than intellect… A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)


Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.  Abraham Lincoln


Character is much easier kept than recovered. – Thomas Paine


Character is that which is left even when hope is gone. – Anonymous


Character is what you are in the dark. – Dwight L. Moody


Curb your talent lest it speed where virtue does not guide. – Dante



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


I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!  – Theodore Roosevelt


If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.  -   William Feather


In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.   Thomas Jefferson


Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)


Of all the properties that belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as character. – Henry Clay


One can acquire everything in solitude – except character. – Marie Henri Beyle (1783 – 1842)


Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.  – Benjamin Franklin


Our character…is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.    George Santayana (1863 – 1952)



People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)


Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.   Elmer G. Letterman


Society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. – John Adams


The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. – Anne Frank


The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality. – George Washington


The greatest influence for good comes from those quiet folks who make morals, not moralizing, their vocation. – Lawrence Reed


The question for the child is not Do I want to be good? but Whom do I want to be like?  – Bruno Bettelheim




There is only one way to cope with life, namely, to find that system of values which is not subject to fashionable trends, which will never change, and will always bear good fruit in terms of bringing us peace and health and assurance, even in the midst of a very insecure world.  – Dr. Thomas Hora



We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.  – Jimmy Carter


When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. – Japanese Proverb


You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. -   James A. Froude (1818 – 1894)


You gain Strength, Courage and Confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.   You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror.   I can take the next thing that comes along.   Eleanor Roosevelt



Your personality is what you are in front of people; your character is who you are when nobody else is looking. – Mary Levy


Character is the total of thousands of small daily strivings to live up to the best that is in us. ~ A. G. Troudeau

Those who are firm, enduring, simple, and unpretentious are the nearest to virtue. ~ Confucius