Grandeur of character lies wholly in force of soul,that is, in the force of thought, moral principle, and love; and this may be found in the humblest condition of life. William E. Channing.Every Man Great.
Character is the habit of action from the permanent vision of truth. It carries a superiority to all the accidents of life. It compels right relation to every other man,domesticates itself with strangers and enemies. Emerson.Character.
The hand that rounded Peters dome, And groined the aisles of Christian Rome, Wrought in a sad sincerity; Himself from God he could not free; He builded better than he knew; The conscious stone to beauty grew. Emerson.The Problem.
Character is the result of two great forces: the initial force which the Creator gave it when He called the man into being; and the force of all the external influence and culture that mould and modify the development of a life. James A. Garfield.Oration on Congressman Gustave Schleicher.
If the superior beings of the universe would look down upon the world to find the most interesting object, it would be the unfinished, unformed character of young men, or of young women. James A. Garfield.Hiram College, July, 1880.
Thought, conscience, will,to make them all thy own He rent a pillar from the eternal throne. Made in His image, thou must nobly dare The thorny crown of sovereignty to share. Think not too meanly of thy low estate; Thou hast a choice; to choose is to create. Holmes.The Professor of the Breakfast Table, Chap. II.