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CHARACTER
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A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead.
      - Alexander Pope

That character in conversation which commonly passes for agreeable is made up of civility and falsehood.
      - Alexander Pope

Good-humor only teaches charms to last,
  Still makes new conquests and maintains the past.
      - Alexander Pope,
        Epistle to Miss Blount--With the Works of Voiture

Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild;
  In Wit a Man: Simplicity, a child.
      - Alexander Pope, Epitaph XI

'Tis from high Life high Characters are drawn;
  A Saint in Crape is twice a Saint in Lawn:
    A Judge is just, a Chanc'llor juster still;
      A Gowman learn'd; a Bishop what you will;
        Wise if a minister; but if a King
          More wise, more learn'd, more just, more ev'rything.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. I, pt. II)

From loveless youth to unrespected age,
  No passion gratified, except her rage,
    So much the fury still outran the wit,
      That pleasure miss'd her, and the scandal hit.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 125)

In men, we various ruling passions find;
  In women two almost divide the kind;
    Those only fix'd, they first or last obey.
      The love of pleasure, and the love of sway.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 207)

With too much Quickness ever to be taught;
  With too much Thinking to have common Thought.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 97)

Beauty that shocks you, parts that none will trust,
  Wit that can creep, and pride that licks the dust.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to Satires
         (l. 332)

What then remains, but well our power to use,
  And keep good-humor still whate'er we lose?
    And trust me, dear, good-humor can prevail,
      When airs, and flights, and screams, and scolding fail.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
         (canto V, l. 29)

Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
         (canto V, l. 34)

Character makes its own destiny.
      - Mrs. Campbell Praed (Rose Caroline Praed)

No man's defects sought they to know;
  So never made themselves a foe.
    No man's good deeds did they commend;
      So never rais'd themselves a friend.
      - Matthew Prior, Epitaph

So much his courage and his mercy strive,
  He wounds to cure, and conquers to forgive.
      - Matthew Prior, Ode in Imitation of Horace
         (bk. III, ode II)

He that sweareth
  Till no man trust him.
    He that lieth
      Till no man believe him;
        He that borroweth
          Till no man will lend to him;
            Let him go where
              No man knoweth him.
      - Hugh Rhodes, Cautions

For when the one great scorer comes
  To write against your name,
    He writes not that you won or lost,
      But how you played the game.
      - Grantland Rice

Individuality is everywhere to be guarded and honored as the root of all good.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

It is a common error, of which a wise man will beware, to measure the worth of our neighbor by his conduct towards ourselves. How many rich souls might we not rejoice in the knowledge of, were it not for our pride!
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Never does a man portray his own character more vividly than in his manner of portraying another.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

A man never shows his own character so plainly as by his manner of portraying another's.
  [Ger., Nie zeichnet der Mensch den eignen Charakter scharfer als in seiner Manier, einen Fremden zu zeichnen.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Titan (zykel 110)

Devout yet cheerful, active yet resigned.
      - Samuel Rogers, Pleasures of Memory

Was never eie did see that face,
  Was never eare did heare that tong,
    Was never minde did minde his grace,
      That ever thought the travell long,
        But eies and eares and ev'ry thought
          Were with his sweete perfections caught.
      - Matthew Roydon,
        An Elegie--On the Death of Sir Philip Sidney

A man is known to his dog by the smell, to his tailor by the coat, to his friend by the smile; each of these know him, but how little or how much depends on the dignity of the intelligence. That which is truly and indeed characteristic of the man is known only to God.
      - John Ruskin

It is of the utmost importance that a nation should have a correct standard by which to weigh the character of its rulers.
      - John Russell (1),
        Correspondence of the Duke of Bedford (3rd Volume)
         (introduction)


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