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A trip-hammer, with Aeolian attachment.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        of Carlyle, after meeting him

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The craft with which the world is made runs also into the mind and character of men. No man is quite sane; each has a vein of folly in his composition, a slight determination of blood to the head, to make sure of holding him hard to some one point which Nature has taken to heart.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is that which we call character,--a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is higher than intellect. . . . A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Scholar

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essay--On Character

Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all; only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
      - Euripides

A great character, founded on the living rock of principle is, in fact, not a solitary phenomenon, to be at once perceived, limited, and described. It is a dispensation of Providence, designed to have not merely an immediate, but a continuous, progressive, and never-ending agency. It survives the man who possessed it; survives his age,--and perhaps, his country, his language.
      - Edward Everett,
        Speech--The Youth of Washington

It is an error common to many to take the character of mankind from the worst and basest amongst them; whereas, as an excellent writer has observed, nothing should be esteemed as characteristical, of a species but what is to be found amongst the best and the most perfect individuals of that species.
      - Henry Fielding

We should not be too hasty in bestowing either our praise or censure on mankind, since we shall often find such a mixture of good and evil in the same character, that it may require a very accurate judgment and a very elaborate inquiry to determine on which side the balance turns.
      - Henry Fielding

The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
      - Anne Frank

Parents can only give good advice or put them [children] on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
      - Anne Frank,
        Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,
        entry of July 15, 1944

A man's character is like his shadow which sometimes follows, and sometimes precedes him, and which is occasionally longer, occasionally shorter than he is.
      - French Quotations

Human improvement is from within outwards.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Divus Caesar

Our thoughts and our conduct are our own.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Education

Every one of us, whatever our speculative opinions, knows better than he practices, and recognizes a better law than he obeys.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--On Progress
         (pt. II)

Men and brethren, a simple trust in God is the most essential ingredient in moral sublimity of character.
      - Richard Fuller (1)

Our character is but the stamp on our souls of the free choice of good or evil we have made through life.
      - John Cunningham Geikie

In every deed of mischief, he [Andronicus Comnenus] had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
      - Edward Gibbon,
        Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
         (vol. IX, p. 94)

That man may last, but never lives,
  Who much receives, but nothing gives;
    Whom none can love, whom none can thank,--
      Creation's blot, creation's blank.
      - Thomas Gibbons, When Jesus Dwelt

A man not perfect, but of heart
  So high, of such heroic rage,
    That even his hopes became a part
      Of earth's eternal heritage.
      - Richard Watson Gilder,
        At the President's Grave,
        an epitaph for President Cleveland

To be engaged in opposing wrong affords, under the conditions of our mental constitution, but a slender guarantee for being right.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone,
        Time and Place of Homer (introduction)

In society every man is taken for what he gives himself out to be; but he must give himself out to be something. Better to be slightly disagreeable than altogether insignificant.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What is the true test of character, unless it be its progressive development in the bustle and turmoil, in the action and reaction of daily life?
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I can promise to be upright, but not to be without bias.
  [Ger., Aufrichtig zu sein kann ich versprechen; unparteiisch zu sein aber nicht.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Prosa (III)

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