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In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.
      - Aristotle

Things that have a common quality ever quickly seek their kind.
      - Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (Marcus Aurelius)

You cannot judge by outward appearances; the soul is only transparent to its Maker.
      - Hosea Ballou

His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XLI, v. 24)

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. V, v. 13)

A man or a woman may be highly irritable, and yet be sweet, tender, gentle, loving, sociable, kind, charitable, thoughtful for others, unselfish, generous.
      - Charles Buxton

Judge not by the number, but by the weight.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Shining outward qualities, although they may excite first-rate expectations, are not unusually found to be the companions of second-rate abilities.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Seek not every quality in one individual.
      - Confucius

A demd, damp, moist, unpleasant body!
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
         (ch. XXXIV)

The best is the cheapest.
      - Benjamin Franklin

One shining quality lends a luster to another, or hides some glaring defect.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it.
      - William James

Quality, not quantity, is my measure.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

It is the qualities of the heart, not those of the face, that should attract us in women, because the former are durable, the latter transitory. So lovable women, like roses, retain their sweetness long after they have lost their beauty.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Things that have a common quality ever quickly seek their kind.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus),
        Meditations (ch. IX, 9)

All her excellences stand in her so silently as if they had stolen upon her without her knowledge.
      - Sir Thomas Overbury

Fine by defect, and delicately weak.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 43)

That air and harmony of shape express,
  Fine be degrees, and beautifully less.
      - Matthew Prior, Henry and Emma (l. 432)

Be not dazzled by beauty, but look for those inward qualities which are lasting.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Come, give us a taste of your quality.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at II, ii)

Woman was formed to admire; man to be admirable. His are the glories of the sun at noonday; hers the softened splendors of the midnight moon.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein),
        Germany (pt. II, ch. VIII)

Nothing endures but personal qualities.
      - Walt Whitman,
        Leaves of Grass--Song of the Broad-Axe
         (st. 4)

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