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Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet
  Till earth and sky stand presently at God's great judgment seat;
    But there is neither East nor West, border nor breed nor birth
      When two strong men stand face to face, tho' they come from the ends of the earth!
      - Rudyard Kipling,
        Barrack-Room Ballads--Ballad of East and West

By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.
      - Grenville Kleiser

To know a people's character, we must see it at its homes, and look chiefly to the humbler abodes where that portion of the people dwells which makes the broad basis of the national prosperity.
      - Louis Kossuth

Physiognomy is not a guide that has been given us by which to judge of the character of men: it may only serve us for conjecture.
  [Fr., La physionomie n'est pas une regle qui nous soit donnee pour juger des hommes; elle nous peut servir de conjecture.]
      - Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres (XII)

Incivility is not a Vice of the Soul, but the effect of several Vices; of Vanity, Ignorance of Duty, Laziness, Stupidity, Distraction, Contempt of others, and Jealousy.
      - Jean de la Bruyere,
        The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (vol. II, ch. XI)

Circumstances form the character; but, like petrifying matters, they harden while they form.
      - Walter Savage Landor

A team that has character doesn't need stimulation.
      - Tom Landry

We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The qualities we have do not make us so ridiculous as those which we affect to have.
  [Fr., On n'est jamais si ridicule par les qualites que l'on a que par celles que l'on affecte d'avoir.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes

Actions, looks, words, steps from the alphabet by which you may spell characters.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

As the present character of a man, so his past, so his future. Who recollects distinctly his past adventures knows his destiny to come.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

As your enemies and your friends, so are you.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Avoid connecting yourself with characters whose good and bad sides are unmixed and have not fermented together; they resemble vials of vinegar and oil; or palletts set with colors; they are either excellent at home and insufferable abroad, or intolerable within doors and excellent in public; they are unfit for friendship, merely because their stamina, their ingredients of character are too single, too much apart; let them be finely ground up with each other, and they are incomparable.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Certain trifling flaws sit as disgracefully on a character of elegance as a ragged button on a court dress.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Joy and grief decide character. What exalts prosperity? what imbitters grief? what leaves us indifferent? what interests us? As the interest of man, so his God,--as his God, so he.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

You may depend upon it that be is a good man whose intimate friends are all good.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
      - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

The injury done to character is greater than can be estimated.
  [Lat., Famae ac fidei damna majora sunt quam quae aestimari possunt.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (III, 72)

A tender heart; a will inflexible.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christus
         (pt. III, New England Tragedies, John Endicott, act III, sc 2)

So mild, so merciful, so strong, so good,
  So patient, peaceful, loyal, loving, pure.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend
         (pt. V, l. 319)

Sensitive, swift to resent, but as swift in atoning for error.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Courtship of Miles Standish
         (pt. IX, The Wedding Day)

In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. IV, ch. VI)

Not in the clamor of the crowded street,
  Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng,
    But in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Poets

For me Fate gave, whate'er she else denied,
  A nature sloping to the southern side;
    I thank her for it, though when clouds arise
      Such natures double-darken gloomy skies.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        An Epistle to George William Curtis
         (postscript 1887, l. 53)

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