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Useful quotations on character


This document contains some very useful quotations on the subject of character, including quotations by Heraclitus and Euripides, among other. Each quotation is followed by my personal comments. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do.

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									Here are some very useful quotations that I have read on the subject of character, along
with my personal comments for each one. I hope you enjoy them and find them as
thought provoking as I do. Comments are welcome.

Quotations by Heraclitus on character followed by my personal comments:

"Character is destiny." Heraclitus

"That quotation was made over 2,500 years ago. It is as absolutely true today as it was
back then, and just as relevant. Your character in a large measure determines your
destiny. You ignore that fact at your own peril." Stan Burman

"Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by
day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character." Heraclitus

"You have to really work at developing good character. It takes a long time to develop
good character. It took me years of slow progress to get to where I am today." Stan

Quotations by Euripides on character followed by my personal comments:

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

"That is so true. Riches can be lost, but true character cannot be lost unless a person
actively, or not so actively, works to destroy their own character. Character may not be
totally steadfast in that it requires active maintenance, but it is well worth the effort." Stan

Quotation by Robert A. Heinlein on character followed by my personal comments:

"No matter where or what, there are makers, takers, and fakers." Robert A. Heinlein

"And there always will be. Everywhere you go, in this whole vast universe. And this guy
should know. He is one of the most famous science fiction writers around. I have not read
too much written by him, but I should start. Because that is a very perceptive quotation
from a very perceptive man." Stan Burman

Quotations by Ralph Waldo Emerson on character followed by my personal

"A low self-love in the parent desires that his child should repeat his character and
fortune." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If only more parents took that quotation to heart. Because if you do not love yourself,
how can you truly love anyone else, including your child or children. It sounds so basic
but it is so true. While I know that it is not impossible to overcome the effects of a
negative childhood, it IS possible." Stan Burman

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

"Some of the people in the world who are supposedly blessed with the most intellect have
the worst character you could imagine. I know. I have been cursed to meet some of them.
I know other people who may not have great intellect, but they have great character. Care
to guess who I would rather call my friends??" Stan Burman

"Character - a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means." Ralph
Waldo Emerson

"How true. Character is reserved, although if you really pay attention you can generally
determine the character of a person fairly quickly. Verbal and not so verbal clues will
usually tell you much more than what they say. Just remember to watch their actions, as
well as listen to what they say." Stan Burman

Quotation by Kurt Vonnegut on character followed by my personal comments:

"Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants
to do maintenance." Kurt Vonnegut

"Amen. Everyone wants to be the builder, but most people could care less about
maintaining what they build." Stan Burman

Quotation by Mark Twain on character followed by my personal comments:

"When one's character begins to fall under suspicion and disfavor, how swift, then, is the
work of disintegration and destruction." Mark Twain

"I love Mark Twain. I have read several of his books and many of his quotations. And I
agreed with everything that he wrote. Once people begin to doubt your character it can
disintegrate with amazing speed. I know this from personal experience." Stan Burman

Quotation by David Seabury on character followed by my personal comments:

"Nature is at work.. Character and destiny are her handiwork. She gives us love and hate,
jealousy and reverence. All that is ours is the power to choose which impulse we shall
follow." David Seabury

"Just because you feel an emotion does NOT mean that you should immediately act on it!
No person can have really good character who is at the whim and caprice of whatever
emotion they happen to be feeling at the moment. Although wanting to act on the
particular emotion and actually acting on it are two different things." Stan Burman
Quotation from an Indian Proverb on character followed by my personal

"Better to dig one deep well than 10 shallow ones." Indian Proverb

"A good quotation. I read this as saying that it is better to have one friend with good
character, rather than having 10 friends who are lacking in character." Stan Burman

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Yours Truly,
Stan Burman

The author of this document, Stan Burman, is a freelance paralegal ad entrepreneur
who has worked in California and Federal litigation since 1995, and recently relocated to
Asia by taking to heart some of the quotations listed in this blog post.

Copyright 2012 Stan Burman. All rights reserved. Note that copyright is only claimed for
the personal comments by Stan Burman, not the quotations themselves.

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