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Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American author and founder of Success magazine.

Honor and shame from no condition rise; Act well your part, there all the honor lies.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet and satirist.

In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) U.S. poet.

Man's character is his fate.

Heraclitus (c. 535 BCE-c. 475 BCE) Greek philosopher.

Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.

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To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man's character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.

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Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.

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Character is a victory, not a gift.

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Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117) Roman historian.