Quotes — Character (23 entries)

A building open on all four sides…

A brother said to an old man, “I do not know of any warfare in my heart.” The old man said to him, “Then you are a building open on all four sides. Whatever wishes to, goes in and out, and you do not notice. If you had windows and a door, and shut them so as to bar certain thoughts, you would soon realize how many there are outside, waiting to slip in and attack you.”

— Sayings of the Desert Fathers

« πλ | 18 Mar 2004 »

All I can do to change…

As a young man, I was determined to change the world. As I matured, I narrowed my goals to changing my community. Still later, I decided to change only my family. Now I realize that it is all I can do to change myself.

— The Rebbe of Apt [via]

« πλ | 20 May 2005 »


Ambition without knowledge is like a boat on dry land.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 7 Sep 2003 »

Be as careful of what you read…

Be as careful of what you read as the company you keep.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 13 Mar 2005 »

Be who you are…

Be who you are and say what you need to say
because those who mind don’t matter,
and those who matter don’t mind.

— Dr. Seuss (thanks Libby)

« πλ | 14 Oct 2004 »

Because It’s Right

On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question, “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

« πλ | 17 Jan 2005 »

Between the stream and the rock…

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength, but through persistence.

— Author unknown [via]

« πλ | 2 Dec 2005 »

Character is…

Character is simply habit long continued.

— Plutarch

Did you notice that it does not mention what type of habits? Good habits lead to good character; bad habits lead to bad character. Reminds me of a quote by C.S. Lewis about what kind of creature are you turning yourself into because of your choices.

« πλ | 12 Jun 2004 »

Character of a Senior…

The character of a senior can be measured in their attitude during the last four weeks of high school.

« πλ | 24 Apr 2003 »

If you don’t behave as you believe…

If you don’t behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.

— Fulton J. Sheen [via]

« πλ | 12 Jan 2005 »

It matters…

It matters,
    what you…say, do, think, feel, create, imagine.

It matters,
    how you…love, give, receive, serve, play, communicate.

It matters,
    that you…care, live, rest, laugh, risk, appreciate.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 23 Jul 2004 »

Morality, like art, means…

Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.

— Oscar Wilde [via]

« πλ | 17 Jul 2006 »

Nothing shows a man’s character more…

Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.

— Goethe [via]

« πλ | 14 Apr 2005 »

The true soldier fights…

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

— G.K. Chesterton [via]

« πλ | 13 Jul 2006 »

The weak can never forgive…

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

— Mohandas Gandhi [via]

« πλ | 3 Aug 2004 »

Three basic choices…

Many of life’s circumstances are created by three basic choices: the disciplines you choose to keep, the people you choose to be with; and, the laws you choose to obey.

— Charles Millhuff

« πλ | 16 Oct 2005 »

To change others…

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.

— Jacob M. Braude [via]

« πλ | 3 Aug 2005 »

Triple truth…

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

— Buddha [via]

« πλ | 23 Jun 2006 »

Virtues are formed by prayer…

Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven.

— St. Ephraem

« πλ | 17 Nov 2003 »

We are what we repeatedly do…

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

— Aristotle [via]

Repeating the words, with heart, will turn into music.

« πλ | 12 Aug 2004 »

We care so little…

In this country, unfortunately, as all over the world, we care so little, we have no deep feeling about anything. Most of us are intellectual—intellectuals in the superficial sense of being very clever, full of words and theories about what is right and what is wrong, about how we should think, what we should do. Mentally we are highly developed, but inwardly there is very little substance or significance; and it is this inward substance that brings about true action, which is not action according to an idea.

— J. Krishnamurti [via]

« πλ | 20 Oct 2004 »

What you do speaks so loudly…

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson [via]

« πλ | 27 Jun 2006 »

Who governs his passions is…

A man who governs his passions is master of the world. We must either command them, or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.

— St. Dominic [via]

« πλ | 1 Jun 2006 »