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"Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character," said Albert Einstein. Below are in essence three training programs made up of quotations for the character-interested. And on the surface you get a potpourri of famous quotations related to character(s).

Simple quotations are arranged to give a taller overview that in the end may profit a reader far better than separate quotatons [How it is done] Much depends on you and those you are among, and the general conditions, though. You could benefit from a protector too, and that is one of the key roles of a parent.

You can develop your own leading thoughts on developing character by putting together phrases or main fractions of phrases in the order given, and get your own Tao (Dao) discipline through it - at your own risk, that is, and if you are up to it. If so, choose some ideas you like very well and work on them according to the intrinsic design till you end up with a cogent, decent summary. It may also serve as a sketched training program for stepwise and sound developments. But it pays to be very careful, and not only methodical. The world may not fare gently with those who deviate for good. It is well to bear in mind you develop your leading thoughts at your own risk and expense.

Anyway, good fragments of the following "Get Tao" essays can be knit and halfway woven together. Each such survey (essay) supplies thinking that in the end - if well schooled and carefully geared - could lead into welcoming arms (that is, Tao). From there on you might need professionals to sort out things for you - or better: become one yourself. Some sensible school is usually needed for it.

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The solid character stems from things accepted far and wide

Lo A man's old, solid character could look like his maturing successes

Impressions had from up to thousands of others entered into the make-up of our character, deeds and thoughts, well - even some of our success. (With George Matthew Adams)

A man's character is like his guardian divinity. (With Heraclitus)

Character is what you are in the dark. (Dwight Moody]

LoWho cannot hold on to his basis, may become an easy prey in time, if unguarded

Two good hints of a person's basic and not totally dormant character can be (a) how he treats people who cannot do him any good in return, and (b) how he treats people who cannot fight back. (With Abigail Van Buren] (#1.3)

LoFormidable ways to peek into another's character

Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

The character of a man is known from his conversations. (Menander)

The more gifted and talkative one's characters are, the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind. (Vladimir Nabokov)

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

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. (Abraham Lincoln)

The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do. (John W. Holt, Jr)

Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking.

Gist so far

In sum
  1. Things accepted far and wide work as the guardian divinity - sort of.
  2. One is to guard and stick to one's basis in life to succeed well, over time.
  3. Stand or prevent adversity by knowing something about conversations.

In nuceAccept your "guarding angels" that give success and some sides of wealth through conversations.

Leading thoughts: Example

A man's character is something sincere which others cannot ride or ridicule away easily.

A strong character is open to other people, but prefers good ones.

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The master-smith is not the most interesting to be around

LoIf great character is all there is left of you, hold on to it like the master smith of our fairy tales, and things could go well

A man's reputation is what other people think of him; his character looks like what he really is. (With Jack Miner)

At times a person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents. (With G. C. Lichtenberg)

Before you advise anyone "Be yourself!" reassess his character. (Unknown)

Man's character can breed his fate. It's no good getting outsmarted. (With Heraclitus)

Good character is often more outstanding than outstanding talent. Talents are to some extent looked on as gifts. Good character, on the other hand, is hardly given. It depends in part on good choice, courage and determination along with temperament, and firmness comes in between. (With John Luther)

Feel free to make the most of yourself, if that is all there is of you. (With Ralph Waldo Emerson (a joke))

Do what you know, and perception can be converted into character as time goes by. (With Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Character may be looked at as the long-range sum of a person's favourite choices or preferences, if you like. (With P. B. Fitzwater)

Few superficial people can distinguish the genuinely good from the other. (With Ava Gardner and Juvenal)

Great character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. [With Jacqueline Bisset)

If you don't run your own life, somebody else will. Have that fear. (With John Atkinson)

An original can be hard to find and easy to recognize till he learns the blessings of good conformity and taking shelter one way or another. (With John Mason)

The measure of a man's real character is at times what he would do if his mother-in-law appears unforeseen for long. You are not very good on your own if not far better than your best friends imagine. (With Thomas B. Macaulay and Johann Kaspar Lavater)

Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness. (Faith Baldwin)

It could be that between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character. (With Walter Lippmann)

Character development is one deep-going aim of good education. (With O'Shea)

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

There is perhaps no better measure of what a person is than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose. (With William M. Bulger)

Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our characterů [Stephen R. Covey)

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

Much modern "character" is basically an outgrowth of sallow education, its' not deep and hardy at all.

There is good breeding of character, bad breeding and all the others.

All should live so that nobody may readily believe transgressors. (With Plato)

Building character looks ruthless: it eliminates weak ones. (With Darrell Royal)

The many often attack the one with hate and fury and their sharp weapons. But if he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and exposed to the winds and beaten against by tidal waves, he laughs inside at all that stuff. (With Virgil]

LoMany so-called essential characteristics of a man happen to dwindle or get uninteresting as decades run by

Maybe old age, sickness and rotten eggs bring out the essential characteristics of a man. (With Felix Frankfurter)

You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. (Fran Lebowitz] (#2.1)

LoCharacters of worth are first and foremost who they are

You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence. (Abraham Lincoln)

Opinions alter, but characters are only developed. (Benjamin Disraeli)

When we see persons of worth, we should think of equalling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. (Confucius)

Gist

In sum
  1. Hold on to character and a handy fare, and things may go well too, as long as enemies don't hinder it.
  2. If characteristics conflict with old age, aging may not go well.
  3. Build character by developing your own sterling worth. Simply.

In nuce Things may go well if you develop your character through all of life's various phases with some congruence to each of them. A well rounded life or sterling worth may be an outcome and reward of it, if conditions don't mar it.

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3. Family-fit or family-served popularity goes a long way toward building of characters

LoMaybe there is nothing like well deserved popularity in the family kept uncramped and steady at that

A good, able character made use of by others down into steady continuance, may get worse than a large family. (With Charles H. Parkhurst and Henry David Thoreau)

My father told me that if you saw a man in a Rolls Royce you could be sure he was not a gentleman unless he was the chauffeur. (Earl of Arran]

Appropriate character is not always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed for the sake of good conformity and deserved popularity.

LoThe good you show up much and make use of, may not remain with you all along - but perhaps your dark, hidden sides can and will some time

You can regulate your life by standards you look up to when at your best. (With John M. Thomas]

Watch your thoughts; or they become Frank Outlaw's if you're not careful, but emotional. (On top of Frank Outlaw]

LoIt's regrettable that what most common men consider laughable, can be of Tao, says Lao-zi somewhere

Iit can be sort of handy that brute men fairly regularly show their character by what they think laughable, agreeable and regrettable. (With William James and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe] (#3.1)

Gist

In sum
  1. Ladies and gentemen of good, solid conformity should remain steady and uncramped.
  2. Watch the standards you live.
  3. Some good, decent and relevant standards of Tao may look insensible, foolish, ridiculous, as they are laughed at by others. A nudge: study them.
In nuce Gentemen watch their standards to remain decent too.

Contents


Character quotations, quotes on character, character-building essentials, Literature  

Britzman, Mark, and Character Counts in Iowa. A Parent's Guide: The Six Pillars of Character. Los Angeles, CA: The Josephson Institute of Ethics, 2011.

Flanagan, Owen J., and Amélie Oksenberg Rorty, eds. Identity, Character, and Morality: Essays in Moral Psychology. Paperback ed. Cambride, MA: The MIT Press, 1993.

Frye, Mike et al. Character Education Informational Handbook and Guide. Raleigh, NC: Public Schools of North Carolina - State Board of Education - Department of Public Instruction - Division of Instructional Services - Character Education, 2002.

JIST Editors. Young Person's Character Education Handbook. Indianapolis, IN: JIST, 2006.

Maslow, Abraham. Motivation and Personality. 3rd ed. New York, HarperCollins, 1987.

Nucci, Larry P., and Darcia Narvaez, eds. Handbook of Moral and Character Education. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Sabini, John, and Maury Silver. Emotion, Character and Responsibility. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Tiberius, Valerie. Moral Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction.New York, Routledge, 2015.

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