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A prohibitionist is the sort of man one wouldn't care to drink with - even if he drank.
Abstainer: a weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
He was not of an age but for all time.
As time requireth, a man of marvellous mirth and past times, and sometimes of as sad gravity, as who say: a man for all seasons.
At every single moment of one's life, one is going to be no less than what one has been.
Dogs often remind us of the human, ail-too human. Cats, never.
Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
Evil be to him who evil thinks. (Honi soit qui mal y pense.)
Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give away to hating And yet don't look too good nor talk to wise; If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim, If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, And treat those two imposters just the same, If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss . . . If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!
Good, but not religious-good.
He has not a single redeeming defect.
His life was gentle, and the elements So mixed in him that nature might stand up
And say to all the world, "This was a man!"
Humility is no substitute for a good personality.
I am a deeply superficial person.
I believe that this neglected, wounded, inner child of the past is the major source of human misery.
I can't believe that out of 100,000 sperm, you were the quickest.
I mean by this Sacrament an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.
I'm not hard, I'm frightfully soft. But I will not be hounded.
If Ford Madox Ford were placed stark naked in a room totally empty he would contrive to turn it into a mess.
If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it.
It is thus with most of us; we are what other people say we are. We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay.
Lord Ronald said nothing; he flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.
Oozing charm from every pore, He oiled his way around the floor.
Self-denial is not a virtue, it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.
The first time you meet Winston [Churchill] you see all his faults and the rest of your life you spend in discovering his virtues.
The proper time to influence the character of a child is about 100 years before he is born.
There is a secret person undamaged in every individual.
They are proud in humility; proud that they are not proud.
We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seeded refusal of that which others have made of us.
When they came to shoe the horses, the beetle stretched out his leg.
It is native personality, and that alone, that endows a man to stand before presidents or generals, or in any distinguished collection, with aplomb -and not culture, or any intellect whatever.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude: character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Style, personality - deliberately adopted and therefore a mask - is the only escape from the hot-faced bargainers and money-changers.
Show me a good and gracious loser, and I'll show you a failure.
Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.
Altruism declares that any action taken for the benefit of others is good, and any action taken for one's own benefit is evil. Thus the beneficiary of an action is the only criterion of moral value - and so long as that beneficiary is anybody other than oneself, anything goes.
To enjoy the things we ought, and to hate the things we ought, has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.
Character building begins in our infancy, and continues until death.
Character is perfectly educated will.
Character is long-standing habit.
I was born modest; not all over, but in spots.
Moderation is an ostentatious proof of our strength of character.
If you think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
A modest man is usually admired - if people ever hear of him.
The clock struck eleven with the respectful unobtrusiveness of one whose mission in life is to be ignored.
Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.
My specialty is detached malevolence.
Every one is as God made him and oftentimes a good deal worse.
Character is that which can do without success.
Character is what God and the angels know of us; reputation is what men and women think of us.
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
Every man has three characters - that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.
A wise and an understanding heart.
Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.
Every man has his follies - and often they are the most interesting things he has got.
Indecision is like a stepchild: if he doesn't wash his hands, he is called dirty; if he does, he is wasting the water.
Tis e'er the wont of simple folk to prize the deed and overlook the motive, and of learned folk to discount the deed and lay open the soul of the doer.
Learn to say 'No'; it will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.
To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.
Character is like a tree, and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Every man in the world is better than some one else. And not as good as some one else.
In Victorian times the purpose of life was to develop a personality once and for all and then stand on it.
Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.


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