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Very great personages are not likely to form very just estimates either of others or of themselves; their knowledge of themselves is obscured by the flattery of others; their knowledge of others is equally clouded by circumstances peculiar to themselves. For in the presence of the great, the modest are sure to suffer from too much diffidence, and the confident from too much display.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Character is the only secure foundation of the state.
      - Calvin Coolidge

Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character.
      - Calvin Coolidge

An honest man, close-button'd to the chin,
  Broadcloth without, and a warm heart within.
      - William Cowper, Epistle to Joseph Hill

He cannot drink five bottles, bilk the score,
  Then kill a constable, and drink five more;
    But he can draw a pattern, make a tart,
      And has ladies' etiquette by heart.
      - William Cowper, Progress of Error (l. 191)

Elegant as simplicity, and warm
  As ecstasy.
      - William Cowper, Table Talk (l. 588)

Virtue and vice had boundaries in old time,
  Not to be pass'd.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. III, l. 75)

He never unbuttons himself.
  [Lat., Il ne se deboutonna jamais.]
      - according to Croker,
        said of Sir Robert Peel

The most striking characters are sometimes the product of an infinity of little accidents.
      - Georges Jacques Danton

He's tough, ma'am--tough is J.B.; tough and de-vilish sly.
      - Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son (ch. VII)

I know their tricks and their manners.
      - Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend
         (bk. II, ch. I)

O Mrs. Higden, Mrs. Higden, you was a woman and a mother, and a mangler in a million million.
      - Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend
         (ch. IX)

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

Characters never change. Opinions alter,--characters are only developed.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Men of light and leading.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Sybil (bk. V, ch. I)

A man so various, that he seem'd to be
  Not one, but all mankind's epitome;
    Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong.
      Was everything by starts, and nothing long;
        But in the course of one revolving moon,
          Was chymist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 545)

So over violent, or over civil,
  That every man with him was God or Devil.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 557)

For every inch that is not fool, is rogue.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. II, l. 463)

Her wit was more than man, her innocence a child.
      - John Dryden, Elegy on Mrs. Killigrew
         (l. 70)

Thus all below is strength, and all above is grace.
      - John Dryden, Epistle to Congreve (l. 19)

Plain without pomp, and rich without a show.
      - John Dryden, The Flower and the Leaf
         (l. 187)

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
      - Albert Einstein

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
      - Albert Einstein

Character is not cut in marble; it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing, and may become diseased as our bodies do.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Daniel Deronda (bk. III, ch. XXIV)

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