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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 three training programs from quotations for the character-interested. On the surface you get a potpourri of famous quotations related to character(s).

You could develop your own leading thoughts on how to go for character-building by putting together phrases or main fractions of phrases in the order given in an essay of the kind shown - at your own risk, of course. There is a heuristic design that each essay is designed on top of.

Given that, fragments of the following essays can be knit and halfway woven into some overarching training structure. together. Besides, one might need professionals to sort out things too - adequate schooling is for that.


Guard sincere ones wisely, and their characters might develop ☼

1. 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]

2. Who 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)

3. Formidable 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.

We have to guard our basis in life well, and stick to that foundation over time. Sound conversations help too, many times.
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.


Make the Most of a Budding Character ☼

1. Breed and firmness is not character

Character results from genuine interests that are given vent in fit ways at large.

If a budding character is much thwarted, a neurosis may result.

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]

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

Conformism may act as a culprit against many subtle and individual needs of persons in the making.

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)

3. Characters 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)

Accept that they are enemies who hinder and hamper our sound character development.
You are beaten somehow unless you go for and develop your own sterling worth. Simply.
Things may go well if you develop your character through all of life's various phases. A well rounded life or sterling worth may be an outcome and reward of it, unless conditions and enemies do not amount to mar it.


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

1. Maybe 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.

2. The 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]

3. It'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)

There is solid conformity and fit, uncramped standards to live by for a long time.
Good standards of Tao may look insensible. If so, you may study them.
Gentemen watch their standards so as to remain decent too.


Character quotations, quotes on character, character-building essentials in short, 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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