A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Character

Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.

Thomas Paine – Character

A man’s character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.

Henry Ward Beecher – Character

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Abraham Lincoln – Character, Reputation

You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.

Abraham Lincoln – Character, Courage

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