wonderfully beautiful is
the delineation of the characters of the three patriarchs in Genesis!
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
because of his conscious relation to God.—S.T. COLERIDGE.
hope of society is
- A man
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.—RUSKIN.
a man portray his
own character more vividly than in his manner of portraying
beauties of character
which, like the night-blooming cereus, are closed against the glare and
turbulence of every-day life, and bloom only in shade and solitude, and
beneath the quiet stars.—TUCKERMAN.
many persons of whom
it may be said that they have no other possession in the world but
character, and yet they stand as firmly upon it as any crowned
that makes a character
valiant that can
wisely sufferThe worst that man can breathe;And make his wrongs his
wear them like his raiment, carelessly;And ne'er prefer his injuries to
his heart,To bring it into danger.—Shakespeare.
has three characters—that
which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he
depend upon it that
he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good.—LAVATER.
the character and I
will forecast the event. Character, it has in substance been said, is
- A good
character is in all cases
the fruit of personal exertion. It is not inherited from parents, it is
not created by external advantages, it is no necessary appendage of
wealth, talents, or station; but it is the result of one's own
looks, words, steps,
form the alphabet by which you may spell characters.—LAVATER.
rules to form a young
man are to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has
in company, to distrust one's own opinions, and value others that
it.—SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE.
are like in their lower
natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.—BOVEE.
character rule the
world. The most distinguished Frenchman of the last century said, "Men
succeed less by their talents than their character." There were scores
of men a hundred years ago who had more intellect than Washington. He
and overrides them all by the influence of his character.—WENDELL