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CHARACTER
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Give me the character and I will forecast the event. Character, it has in substance been said, is "victory organized."
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
      - H. Jackson Browne

No, when the fight begins within himself,
  A man's worth something.
      - Robert Browning,
        Men and Women--Bishop Blougram's Apology

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, Old Plays
         (II, 60, Dick of Devonshire)

Each man forms his duty according to his predominant characteristic; the stern require an avenging judge; the gentle, a forgiving father. Just so the pygmies declared that Jove himself was a pygmy.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Fine natures are like fine poems; a glance at the first two lines suffices for a guess into the beauty that waits you if you read on.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Never get a reputation for a small perfection if you are trying for fame in a loftier area. The world can only judge by generals, and it sees that those who pay considerable attention to minutiae seldom have their minds occupied with great things.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Remedy your deficiencies, and your merits will take care of themselves. Every man has in him good and evil. His good is his valiant army, his evil is his corrupt commissariat; reform the commissariat and the army will do its duty.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The fine tints and fluent curves which constitute beauty of character.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

To judge human character rightly, a man may sometimes have very small experience, provided he has a very large heart.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Are you a bromide?
      - Frank Gelett Burgess,
        title of an essay in "Smart Set"

It is in the relaxation of security; it is in the expansion of prosperity; it is in the hour of dilatation of the heart, and of its softening into festivity and pleasure, that the real character of men is discerned.
      - Edmund Burke

Those who quit their proper character to assume what does not belong to them are, for the greater part, ignorant both of the character they leave and of the character they assume.
      - Edmund Burke

He was not merely a chip of the old Block, but the old Block itself.
      - Edmund Burke,
        About Wm. Pitt-Wraxall's Memoirs
         (vol. II, p. 342)

All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Letters--Letter I--On a Regicide Peace

Decision of character is one of the most important of human qualities, philosophically considered. Speculation, knowledge, is not the chief end of man; it is action. * * * "Give us the man," shout the multitude, "who will step forward and take the responsibility." He is instantly the idol, the lord and the king among men. He, then, who would command among his fellows, must excel them more in energy of will than in power of intellect.
      - Jacob Burnap

From their folded mates they wander far,
  Their ways seem harsh and wild:
    They follow the beck of a baleful star,
      Their paths are dream-beguiled.
      - Richard Eugene Burton, Black Sheep

Hannibal, as he had mighty virtues, so head he many vices; . . . he had two distinct persons in him.
      - Robert Burton,
        Anatomy of Melancholy--Democritus to the Reader

There never has been a great and beautiful character, which has not become so by filling well the ordinary and smaller offices appointed of God.
      - Horace Bushnell

Heroic, stoic Cato, the sententious,
  Who lent his lady to his friend Hortensius.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto VI, st. 7)

So well she acted all and every part
  By turns--with that vivacious versatility,
    Which many people take for want of heart.
      They err--'tis merely what is call'd mobility,
        A thing of temperament and not of art,
          Though seeming so, from its supposed facility;
            And false--though true; for surely they're sincerest
              Who are strongly acted on by what is nearest.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto XVI, st. 97)

With more capacity for love than earth
  Bestows on most of mortal mould and birth,
    His early dreams of good out-stripp'd the truth,
      And troubled manhood follow'd baffled youth.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Lara (canto I, st. 18)

Genteel in personage,
  Conduct, and equipage;
    Noble by heritage,
      Generous and free.
      - Henry Carey, The Contrivances
         (act I, sc. 2, l. 22)

We are firm believers in the maxim that, for all right judgment of any man or thing, it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Goethe

It is in general more profitable to reckon up our defects than to boast of our attainments.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Signs of the Times


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