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Character is a victory, not a gift.

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People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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In brief, I don't stick to declare, Father Dick, So they call him for short, is a regular brick; A metaphor taken--I have not the page aright-- From an ethical work by the Stagyrite.

Richard Harris Barham Quotes , Source: Brothers of Birchington

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Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.

Shaquille ONeal Quotes

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To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.

Samuel Osgood Quotes

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He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

James D. Miles Quotes

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Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.

Steven Weinberg Quotes

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There is so much good in the worst of us, And so much bad in the best of us, That it ill behoves any of us To find fault with the rest of us.

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: sometimes attributed to R.L. Stevenson, Kansas Gov. Hoch, E.T. Fowler, and others

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She was and is (what can there more be said?) On earth the first, in heaven the second maid.

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: Tribute to Queen Elizabeth, Manuscript 4712 in British Museum

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They love, they hate, but cannot do without him.

Aristophanes Quotes , Source: see Plutarch's "Life of Alcibiades" (Langhorne's translation)

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Knight without fear and without reproach. [Fr., Chevalier sans peur et sans reproche.]

Richard Harris Barham Quotes , Source: Brothers of Birchington

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Zealous, yet modest; innocent, though free; Patient of toil; serene amidst alarms; Inflexible in faith; invincible in arms.

James Beattie Quotes , Source: The Minstrel (bk. I, st. 11)

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Many men are mere warehouses full of merchandise--the head, the heart, are stuffed with goods. . . . There are apartments in their souls which were once tenanted by taste, and love, and joy, and worship, but they are all deserted now, and the rooms are filled with earthy and material things.

Henry Ward Beecher Quotes , Source: Life Thoughts

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Many men build as cathedrals were built, the part nearest the ground finished; but that part which soars toward heaven, the turrets and the spires, forever incomplete.

Henry Ward Beecher Quotes , Source: Life Thoughts

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Most men are bad.

Bias of Priene Quotes , Source: his motto, inscribed on Temple of Apollo at Delphi,

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But now, after that ye have known God, or rather or known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

Bible Quotes , Source: Galatians (ch. IV, v. 9)

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And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

Bible Quotes , Source: I Corinthians (ch. IV, v. 6)

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A great unrecognized incapacity. [Fr., Une grande incapacite inconnue.]

Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck Quotes , Source: of Napoleon III, while minister to Paris

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Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.

Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck Quotes , Source: of Napoleon III, while minister to Paris

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No, when the fight begins within himself, A man's worth something.

Robert Browning Quotes , Source: Men and Women--Bishop Blougram's Apology

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Your father used to come home to my mother, and why may not I be a chippe of the same block out of which you two were cutte?

A.H. Bullen Quotes , Source: Old Plays (II, 60, Dick of Devonshire)

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Are you a bromide?

Frank Gelett Burgess Quotes , Source: title of an essay in "Smart Set"

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He was not merely a chip of the old Block, but the old Block itself.

Edmund Burke Quotes , Source: About Wm. Pitt-Wraxall's Memoirs (vol. II, p. 342)

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All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.

Edmund Burke Quotes , Source: Letters--Letter I--On a Regicide Peace

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