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Franklin on Character

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

Franklin Ben

— Benjamin Franklin (Public domain)


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When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.

Nietzsche, Friedrich, 1875, by Friedrich Hartmann, pd

—Friedrich Nietzsche (1875, by Friedrich Hartmann, Public domain)

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Were we to take as much pains to be what we ought, as we do to disguise what we are, we might appear like ourselves without being at the trouble of any disguise at all.

Rochefoucauld, François_de_La_PD

—François de La Rochefoucauld (Public domain)

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Your Bedrock Principles

Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.

Kant, Immanuel, by Johann Gottlieb Becker, 1768, pd

—Immanuel Kant (1768, by Johann Gottlieb Becker, public domain)

…our internal moral compass, otherwise known as our character, drives our life. The decisions we make, the actions we take, are all a product of our character. And the stronger the “moral law within me,” the more we are immune from outside forces. Think of the people throughout history who have continued to move forward despite the incredible obstacles in their way. Yes, they have a vision of their destination, but they also have a strong internal moral law (character) which keeps their path true.

MSH, Penn Wealth

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Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (by JK Stieler, 1828; public domain)

…I abhor reality shows, especially those which revolve around the justice system. A constant stream of whiners, complainers, “victims of circumstance,” and excuse-makers. Nothing is ever anyone’s fault. Poor behavior is always the result of something somebody else did to the person exhibiting the behavior.

Bull! History is replete with souls who faced all kinds of very real and very terrible circumstances with character and perseverance, driven by a strong moral compass. No complaints. No lamenting. Just a faith-based inner strength that allowed them to plow forward in the face of overwhelming odds.

A small percentage of these people we know about from the history books, but the overwhelming majority we do not. The souls who didn’t seek out others in search of sympathy or “justice.” They just persevered. We don’t see much of those people on reality shows; they are too busy silently pushing forward. In the end, however, the great Reward will be theirs. Every action we take, every behavior we exhibit, will ultimately be judged.


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We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.

Adams, Abigail, port by Benjamin Blyth 1766

—Abigail Adams (Portrait by Benjamin Blyth, 1766)

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Roosevelt on Character

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.

Roosevelt, Theodore

—Theodore Roosevelt

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