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The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching.
John Wooden

I wanted my children to have the best combination: American circumstances and Chinese
character. How could I know these things do not mix?
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
Elbert Hubbard

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of
us.
Thomas Paine

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

It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them: The character, the heart,
generous qualities, progressive ideas.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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.
Lao Tzu

I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year. It's very
character-building.
Steve Jobs

To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that Love is the reason for my
existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my
true character. Love is my name.
Thomas Merton

A signature always reveals a man's character - and sometimes even his name.
Evan Esar

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.
Henry David Thoreau

We have bigger houses but smaller families; We have more degrees but less sense;
more knowledge but less judgements; more experts but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness. We've been all the way to the moon and back,
but we have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever,
but we have less communication. We have become long on quantity
but short on quality. These are times of fast foods, but slow digestion;
tall man, but short character; steep profits, but shallow relationships.
It is a time when there is much in the window but nothing in the room.
Dalai Lama

A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It's the testing point of our character and
competence.
Stephen R. Covey

Few men realize that their life, the very essence of their character, their capabilities and
their audacities, are only the expression of their belief in the safety of their surroundings.
Joseph Conrad

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

The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best; therefore it tends to become the best; it
takes the form or character of the best, and will receive the best.
Wallace D. Wattles

The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good,
and how he treats people who can't fight back.
Abigail Van Buren

Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything.
Walt Whitman

Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone.
Cyrus A. Bartol

Nothing of character is really permanent but virtue and personal worth.
Daniel Webster

Actions, looks, words and steps form the alphabet by which you may spell character.
Johann Kasper Lavater

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