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Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Goethe,
        in the "Edinburgh Review"

It can be said of him. When he departed he took a Man's life with him. No sounder piece of British manhood was put together in that eighteenth century of Time.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Sir Walter Scott,
        in the "London and Westminister Review"

Thou art a cat, and rat, and a coward to boot.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. III, ch. VIII)

Every one is the son of his own works.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. IV, ch. XX)

I can look sharp as well as another, and let me alone keep the cobwebs out of my eyes.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. XXXIII)

Every one is as God made him, and often a great deal worse.
  [Sp., Cada uno es come Dios le hijo, y aun peor muchas vezes.]
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (XI, 5)

The great hope of society is individual character.
      - William Ellery Channing

He was a verray perfight gentil knight.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (prologue, l. 72)

Character must be kept bright as well as clean.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

You must look into people as well as at them.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

The nation looked upon him as a deserter, and he shrunk into insignificancy and an Earldom.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope,
        Character of Pulleney

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
      - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3)

But a perverse temper and fretful disposition make any state of life unhappy.
  [Lat., Importunitas autem, et inhumanitas omni aetati molesta est.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Senectute (III)

As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes.
  [Lat., Ut ignis aquam conjectus, continuo restinguitur et refrigeratur, sic refervens falsum crimen in purissimam et castissimam vitam collatum, statim concidit et extinguitur.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Oratio Pro Quinto Roscio Comaedo (VI)

What was said of Cinna might well be applied to him. He [Hampden] had a head to contrive, a tongue to persuade, and a hand to execute, any mischief.
      - Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde,
        History of the Rebellion
         (vol. III, bk. VII)

Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
      - Henry Clay

I think there should be no occasion on which it is absolutely, as a point or rule of law, impossible for a man to redeem his character.
      - John Duke Coleridge, F.R.S.

As there is much beast and some devil in man, so is there some angel and some God in him. The beast and the devil may be conquered, but in this life never destroyed.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

How wonderfully beautiful is the delineation of the characters of the three patriarchs in Genesis! To be sure if ever man could, without impropriety, be called, or supposed to be, "the friend of God," Abraham was that man. We are not surprised that Abimelech and Ephron seem to reverence him so profoundly. He was peaceful, because of his conscious relation to God.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In numbers warmly pure, and sweetly strong.
      - William Collins, Ode to Simplicity

Duke Chartres used to boast that no man could have less real value for character than himself, yet he would gladly give twenty thousand pounds for a good one, because he could immediately make double that sum by means of it.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

He that is good will infallibly become better, and he that is bad will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue, and time are three things that never stand still.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

It was observed of Elizabeth that she was weak herself, but chose wise counsellors; to which it was replied, that to choose wise counsellors was, in a prince, the highest wisdom.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The two most precious things this side the grave are our reputation and our life. But it is to be lamented that the most contemptible whisper may deprive us of the one, and the weakest weapon of the other.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

There are some characters who appear to superficial observers to be full of contradiction, change and inconsistency, and yet they that are in the secret of what such persons are driving at, know that they are the very reverse of what they appear to be, and that they have one single object in view, to which they as pertinaciously adhere through every circumstance of change, as the hound to the hare, through all her mazes and doublings. We know that a windmill is eternally at work to accomplish one end, although it shifts with every variation of the weather-cock, and assumes ten different positions in a day.
      - Charles Caleb Colton


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