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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,
        sometimes attributed to R.L. Stevenson, Kansas Gov. Hoch, E.T. Fowler, and others

She was and is (what can there more be said?)
  On earth the first, in heaven the second maid.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Tribute to Queen Elizabeth,
        Manuscript 4712 in British Museum

Character is made up of small duties faithfully performed--of self-denials, of self-sacrifices, of kindly acts of love and duty.
      - Anonymous

They love, they hate, but cannot do without him.
      - Aristophanes,
        see Plutarch's "Life of Alcibiades" (Langhorne's translation)

Our characters are a result of our conduct.
      - Aristotle

A good character when established should not be rested in as an end, but only employed as a means of doing still further good.
      - Francis Atterbury

When you have discovered a stain in yourself, you eagerly seek for and gladly find stains in others.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
      - Faith Baldwin

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,
        Brothers of Birchington

Character halts without aid of the imagination, which our classes in Shakespeare and Browning, music and drawing, recognize not only as amusement and by-play of the mind, but a co-ordinate power. Its work is unhappily styled fiction; for to idealize is to realize.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

Character is the diamond that scratches every other stone.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

Knight without fear and without reproach.
  [Fr., Chevalier sans peur et sans reproche.]
      - applied to Chevalier Pierre du Terrail Bayard

Zealous, yet modest; innocent, though free;
  Patient of toil; serene amidst alarms;
    Inflexible in faith; invincible in arms.
      - James Beattie, The Minstrel
         (bk. I, st. 11)

A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Character, like porcelain ware, must be printed before it is glazed. There can be no change after it is burned in.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Happiness is not the end of life; character is.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

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, Life Thoughts

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, Life Thoughts

Most men are bad.
      - Bias of Priene,
        his motto, inscribed on Temple of Apollo at Delphi,

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, Galatians (ch. IV, v. 9)

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, I Corinthians (ch. IV, v. 6)

A great unrecognized incapacity.
  [Fr., Une grande incapacite inconnue.]
      - Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck,
        of Napoleon III, while minister to Paris

A German writer observes: "The noblest characters only show themselves in their real light. All others act comedy with their fellow-men even unto the grave."
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

All men are like in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Character is very much a matter of health.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

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