Here are some very useful quotations that I have read on the subject of character, along with my personal

comments for each one. I hope you enjoy them and find them as thought provoking as I do. Comments are welcome. Quotations by Heraclitus on character followed by my personal comments: "Character is destiny." Heraclitus " hat quotation was made over !,"## years ago. It is as absolutely true today as it was back then, and just as relevant. $our character in a large measure determines your destiny. $ou ignore that fact at your own peril." %tan &urman "'ood character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. (rotracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character." Heraclitus "$ou have to really work at developing good character. It takes a long time to develop good character. It took me years of slow progress to get to where I am today." %tan &urman Quotations by Euripides on character followed by my personal comments: ")ealth stays with us a little moment if at all* only our characters are steadfast, not our gold." +uripides " hat is so true. ,iches can be lost, but true character cannot be lost unless a person actively, or not so actively, works to destroy their own character. Character may not be totally steadfast in that it requires active maintenance, but it is well worth the effort." %tan &urman Quotation by Robert A. Heinlein on character followed by my personal comments: "-o matter where or what, there are makers, takers, and fakers." ,obert .. Heinlein ".nd there always will be. +verywhere you go, in this whole vast universe. .nd this guy should know. He is one of the most famous science fiction writers around. I have not read too much written by him, but I should start. &ecause that is a very perceptive quotation from a very perceptive man." %tan &urman Quotations by Ralph Waldo Emerson on character followed by my personal comments: ". low self/love in the parent desires that his child should repeat his character and fortune." ,alph )aldo +merson "If only more parents took that quotation to heart. &ecause if you do not love yourself, how can you truly love anyone else, including your child or children. It sounds so basic

but it is so true. )hile I know that it is not impossible to overcome the effects of a negative childhood, it I% possible." %tan &urman "Character is higher than intellect. . great soul will be strong to live as well as think." ,alph )aldo +merson "%ome of the people in the world who are supposedly blessed with the most intellect have the worst character you could imagine. I know. I have been cursed to meet some of them. I know other people who may not have great intellect, but they have great character. Care to guess who I would rather call my friends00" %tan &urman "Character / a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means." ,alph )aldo +merson "How true. Character is reserved, although if you really pay attention you can generally determine the character of a person fairly quickly. 1erbal and not so verbal clues will usually tell you much more than what they say. 2ust remember to watch their actions, as well as listen to what they say." %tan &urman Quotation by Kurt Vonnegut on character followed by my personal comments: ".nother flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance." 3urt 1onnegut ".men. +veryone wants to be the builder, but most people could care less about maintaining what they build." %tan &urman Quotation by ar! "wain on character followed by my personal comments:

")hen one4s character begins to fall under suspicion and disfavor, how swift, then, is the work of disintegration and destruction." 5ark wain "I love 5ark wain. I have read several of his books and many of his quotations. .nd I agreed with everything that he wrote. 6nce people begin to doubt your character it can disintegrate with ama7ing speed. I know this from personal e8perience." %tan &urman Quotation by #a$id %eabury on character followed by my personal comments: "-ature is at work.. Character and destiny are her handiwork. %he gives us love and hate, jealousy and reverence. .ll that is ours is the power to choose which impulse we shall follow." 9avid %eabury "2ust because you feel an emotion does -6 mean that you should immediately act on it: -o person can have really good character who is at the whim and caprice of whatever emotion they happen to be feeling at the moment. .lthough wanting to act on the particular emotion and actually acting on it are two different things." %tan &urman

Quotation from an &ndian 'ro$erb on character followed by my personal comments: "&etter to dig one deep well than ;# shallow ones." Indian (roverb ". good quotation. I read this as saying that it is better to have one friend with good character, rather than having ;# friends who are lacking in character." %tan &urman If you enjoy these quotations and would like to see more, please visit my new blog at http*<< .nd if you have any useful quotations that you have read that have helped you, please share them. $ours ruly, %tan &urman he author of this document, %tan &urman, is a freelance paralegal ad entrepreneur who has worked in California and =ederal litigation since ;>>", and recently relocated to .sia by taking to heart some of the quotations listed in this blog post. Copyright !#;! %tan &urman. .ll rights reserved. -ote that copyright is only claimed for the personal comments by %tan &urman, not the quotations themselves.

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