The habits that make up a noble character yield an inherent pleasure.
Character gives us resilience and the capacity to manage adversity gracefully.
Building character is essential in our efforts to create vibrant and peaceful communities.
While we have limited control over what happens to us, we have tremendous control over the development of our character.
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
One thing is plain, this is no country for fainthearted people: don't creep about diffidently; make up your mind; take your own course, and you shall find respect and furtherance.
I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.
Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life....Stick to your purpose.
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
Back of my workshop there is a little grove of trees. One has been cut down. It makes a good seat. I have made it a rule to go out and sit on it at 4 o'clock every morning and ask the good Lord what I am to do that day. Then I go ahead and do it.
We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
Constraints are painful, and it has been rightly said, 'Every necessary thing is naturally troublesome.' Duties and studies and exertions are painful...unless they become habitual; then habit makes them pleasurable.