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“True friends are true.” – Doc Meek

Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Today I am grateful for a friend who is stalwart and true to what he believes. Great to see steadiness, persistence and dignity in a man, or woman or child.

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One classic story of character is Ruth in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament (Ruth is short for “retut,” meaning “lovely friend”).

Some quotations on character from:

Character is what you are in the dark.

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.
Albert Einstein, Swiss-American mathematician, physicist and public philosopher (1879-1955)

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
Theodore Roosevelt, American adventurer and 26th president (1858-1919)

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet (1803-1882)

If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish prig.
Woodrow Wilson, 28th American president (1856-1924)

If you don’t have enemies, you don’t have character.
Paul Newman, American actor (b. 1925)

Why are we surprised when fig trees bear figs?
Margaret Titzel

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president (1809-1865)

Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
Elbert Hubbard, 19th/20th-century American entrepreneur and philosopher (founder of Roycroft)

A person’s character is what it is. It’s a little like a marriage – only without the option of divorce. You can work on it and try to make it better, but basically you have to take the bitter with the sweet.
Henrik Hertzberg, 20th-century American editor and journalist

What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.
Attributed to Thomas Edison, American inventor (1847-1931)

The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops – no, but the kind of man the country turns out.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet (1803-1882)

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968)

The best index to a person’s character is (a) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can’t fight back. 
Abigail van Buren (Pauline Esther Friedman), American newspaper advice columnist (1918-2002)

The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.
Baron Thomas Babington Macauley, English historian and statesman (1800-1859)

Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures.
Horace Greeley, American journalist and educator (1811-1872)

The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he’s born.
William R. Inge, American playwright (1913-1973)

The formation of character in young people is educationally a different task from and a prior task to, the discussion of the great, difficult ethical controversies of the day.
William J. Bennett, author and former U.S. Secretary of Education (b. 1943)

One can acquire everything in solitude — except character. 
Henri Stendahl, French novelist (1783-1842)

If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work.
Beryl Markham, English adventurer and author (1902-1986)

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, novelist, playwright, scientist and philosopher (1749-1832)


I salute those who speak of the value of character, and especially those who exhibit this golden trait in their daily living.

Doc Meek, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at Main Downtown Public Library, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

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