Explore the value of Character

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CHARACTER QUOTATIONS
“It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.”

Henry Ward Beecher

“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

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”

Phillip Brooks

“What we know matters but who we are matters more.”

Brené Brown

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

Helen Keller

“Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.”

Stephen R. Covey

“Every experience is a stitch in the fabric of your character.”

Gary Clausing

“Strength of a character isn't always about how much you can handle before you break. It’s also about how much you can handle after you've been broken.”

Robert Tew

“Our ability to handle life’s challenges is a measure of our strength of character.”

Les Brown

“You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them.”

Malcolm S. Forbes

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Your Comments
Cheyenne from Ilion NY JUNE 13, 2017
I would always want to be myself

happy hippo from Wausau, WI MAY 28, 2014
He didn't let anyone pull him down

Dennis Dinzeo from Las Vegas, NV APRIL 3, 2014
We all face unfair treatment, but no one can take away the personal choice to become part of the problem or part of the solution.

Letta from Akron, OH FEBRUARY 8, 2013
Let no one live rent free in your head.

Letta from Akron, Ohio FEBRUARY 8, 2013
There's good in the worst of us and bad in the best of us, till it makes no sense to talk about the rest of us.

King from Sampaquita DECEMBER 9, 2012
Be always kind to others. Set an example through yourself.

Pratiba Velummailum from Malaysia DECEMBER 6, 2012
We are judged by our character. People may like or hate us for whom we are. Start by being good to yourself first, in order to set a good example to others.

Cleve L. from Michigan OCTOBER 21, 2012
Character manifests as decisions, and is returned: "Do the right thing and the right things happen".

Ramesh from India AUGUST 3, 2012
Character is but a reflection of one's personality! It's the sum total of what he actually is.

zaina from rome,ga JUNE 7, 2012
WELL I THINK THAT BEING YOU IS A CHARACTER.BECAUSE YOU ARE STRONG IN YOUR OWN WAY,YOU ARE CREATIVE IN YOUR OWN WAY.FAITHFUL,AMBITIOUS,GRACEFUL,HONEST,DEDICATED,EXELLENT,AND BEAUTIFUL IN YOUR OWN WAY.AND THAT IS THE GREATEST VALUE OF ALL! :)

henry from LA MAY 18, 2012
This is is very educational. It teaches a lot, thak you!

sid from hyderabad MAY 18, 2012
Neither money pays, nor name, nor fame. It is the character that can cleave through walls of difficulty.

Karen Su from Diamond Bar MARCH 19, 2012
This really helps! My teacher even assigns it for our homework so we can learn it! Thank you!!!

Anindya from Roy FEBRUARY 13, 2012
Character is to become aware of the SELF; live every moment with full conscious. Our biggest enemy is our lack of self control, because of which we become victim of decisions that we regret later; to be able to get control of our senses, we need to lead a life of moderation and control our desires. The only way to allow our true SELF to emerge is by practicing restrain. Do not allow your senses to delude you overshadow your real character.

Teresa from Dalton, GA JANUARY 4, 2012
Character is demonstrated by our actions. What do your actions say about your character?

Brissa from dalles NOVEMBER 9, 2011
Is being a good frind and showing your chariter

Rich from Mississippi SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your rep is what people think you are, your character is what you are when no one is watching.

Ray from Bejing MAY 23, 2011
This one is really awesome, I love it so much!

Patrick G. from La Quinta, CA FEBRUARY 27, 2011
Tolerance: We need to communicate respectfully with those we strongly disagree with.

TiffanyAnn from Coldwater, KS FEBRUARY 9, 2011
Character is doing what's right even when no one's looking. So that way if someone asks who messed this up you can say with a clear conscience that you didn't do it.

adu joseph forson from lagos JANUARY 25, 2011
they are values everyone has and also imbue and cultivate in order to become the best in life and be the best in leadership skills.

zachary from ny JANUARY 13, 2011
It is very nice of him to help.

T J from North Carolina JANUARY 13, 2011
Character is what he or she does when nobody else is around.

Josh from Illinois DECEMBER 29, 2010
Character begins in the home and at a young age. My daughter uses Characters of Character at her school and it worked wonders. I got her the book Tune Into Good Character for Christmas from their website. Everyone should look to this program for their kids if they are having behavior or character issues.

Sam N from Atlanta, GA OCTOBER 25, 2010
Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking and when you know nobody will ever know.

Natalia T from Chicago, illinois OCTOBER 8, 2010
Do things that show character because character is super important to life.

Clay H. from Haverford, PA JULY 30, 2010
Charcater is always doing what you said you would do. People of character earn the trust of others and thus are more successful in life.

Doreen R from Hemet, Ca. MAY 3, 2010
I love your TV spot I see on Fox News about the little boy playing the piano at a concert. I hope you keep using it. I could watch it every hour of every day.

Towana S. from Maryland FEBRUARY 13, 2010
Character and honesty are something you either have or you don't. You can't pretend to have these values.