Character Building Quotes

Quotes tagged as "character-building" (showing 1-30 of 123)
David O. McKay
“True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character.”
David O. McKay

Swami Satchidananda
“Yoga says instinct is a trace of an old experience that has been repeated many times and the impressions have sunk down to the bottom of the mental lake. Although they go down, they aren’t completely erased. Don’t think you ever forget anything. All experiences are stored in the chittam; and, when the proper atmosphere is created, they come to the surface again. When we do something several times it forms a habit. Continue with that habit for a long time, and it becomes your character. Continue with that character and eventually, perhaps in another life, it comes up as instinct. (92)”
Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

Charlene Costanzo
“The first gift is Strength. May you remember to call upon it whenever you need it.”
Charlene Costanzo, The Twelve Gifts of Birth

Jules Verne
“Your story is not a picture of life; it lacks the elements of truth. And why? Simply because you run straight on to the end; because you do not analyze. Your heroes do this thing or that from this or that motive, which you assign without ever a thought of dissecting their mental and moral natures. Our feelings, you must remember, are far more complex than all that. In real life every act is the
resultant of a hundred thoughts that come and go, and these
you must study, each by itself, if you would create a living
character. 'But,' you will say, 'in order to note these fleeting
thoughts one must know them, must be able to follow them in their capricious meanderings.You have simply to make use of hypnotism, electrical or human, which gives one a two-fold being, setting free the witness-personality so that it may see, understand, and remember the reasons which determine the personality that acts.”
Jules Verne, In the Year 2889

Abhijit Naskar
“No other being is lesser human than the one who thinks of others as such.”
Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting

Abhijit Naskar
“O my brave Almighty Human, with the ever-effulgent flow of courage, conscience and compassion, turn yourself into a vivacious humanizer, and start walking with bold footsteps while eliminating racism, terminating misogyny, destroying homophobia and all other primitiveness that have turned humanity into the most inhuman species on earth.”
Abhijit Naskar, I Am The Thread: My Mission

Abhijit Naskar
“Letter to the tech giants:

When fame and abundance kiss somebody’s feet before that person is wise enough, he or she is very likely to lose track of what’s necessity and what’s luxury. And modern society is filled with examples of such intelligent stupidity – stupidity that is carried out by apparently smart humans. Because being smart is not the same as being wise. The world has enough smartness, but not enough wisdom to bring that smartness into proper productive practice – and I mean productive practice not sophisticated practice – there is a difference. A person smart enough to visualize a Falcon rocket engine can easily pinpoint the locations of various organizations that spread terrorism, yet the person chooses to explore the space further instead of prioritizing the technological advantages to first fix real issues of the human society that inflict harm to the humans every walk of the way.
The world is a miserable place not because we have lack of resources, but because those who have an abundance of resources do not have the slightest idea of true human need. The resources needed for colonizing Mars if put to proper practice can fix the world’s global warming issues – it can fix the world’s climate change issues – it can fix the world’s terrorism issues, yet people are more interested in the pompous idea of living in Mars for whatever reason, instead of paying attention to improving human condition on earth. I am not against technological advancement, for I am a scientist, but my soul aches when I see smart people are dumb enough to chase after illusory glory of doing something different and innovative instead of focusing the powers of their soul on cleaning up the misery business on earth. You can, yet you don’t. Why?
Smartness without wisdom is stupidity. You are smart – yes indeed – but I am sorry – you are stupid at the same time. How can you dream of having a cheese burger on Mars when your own kind on Earth is suffering! How can you think of taking rich kids into the orbit just so they can admire the beauty of earth from the heavens, when that very earth is infested with the primordial evils of human character! Awaken the human within you my friend, and pay attention. Awaken the human within and let it consume all the miseries from the world that you live in. Say a member of your family falls ill, would you ignore his or her misery completely just because you want to make life more comfortable for others than it already is, or would you first try everything in your capacity in order to heal your loved one!
Be wise my friend, for it is not enough to be smart. You are smart – there is no doubt about that – so utilize that smartness for humanity and heal your own kind. Heal your kind with your capacity my friend. It is wailing for healers – not some delusional faith healers, but real tangible healers. Would you not do anything! Would you not give your soul to fix the broken soul of this world! Arise my friend, Awake my friend and work for humanity, not to make it sophisticated, but to make it peaceful first. Remember, humanity first, then everything else. Peace first, sophistication later. Harmony first, luxury later.”
Abhijit Naskar

Abhijit Naskar
“Misery builds character, happiness makes cheesecake.”
Abhijit Naskar, Morality Absolute

L.S.V. Baker
“He no longer stuck out, his height no longer laughable. But with his head hanging low, he felt most ungiraffeable.”
L.S.V. Baker, Gerome Sticks His Neck Out

Abhijit Naskar
“I am not the hope, neither is any other historical, imaginary or mythical savior. What am I! Nothing. As far as your life is concerned, I am no more valuable and holy than the particles of dust under your feet. So, I have nothing to give you. Only you my friend, can define, understand and manifest religion within yourself.”
Abhijit Naskar

Abhijit Naskar
“Be a part of the solution O Braveheart, not contributing to the problems.”
Abhijit Naskar, A Push in Perception

Abhijit Naskar
“A bunch of people known as politicians are not going to change anything, for they themselves are second-hand humans, living second-hand lives, like most humans on earth. They live conditioned lives with their mind being in disorder, and yet, you want them to bring order in this world. It’s like asking a blind man to show the path. Mind you, the whole world is our family, and our family is our responsibility – not of a bunch of so-called specialists. And this is not a glorified hypothetical ideal, rather it is an actuality.”
Abhijit Naskar

“I like to think I’ve written something worth reading when I cry the tears of the characters”
Carla H Krueger

“Let me "get myself together" --- that I may answer Truthfully...Gracefully...and Without Offense.”
Marsha Carol Watson

Alexis de Tocqueville
“It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak. There is no natural connexion between strong impulses and a weak conscience. The natural connexion is the other way. To say that one person's desires and feelings are stronger and more various than those of another, is merely to say that he has more of the raw material of human nature, and is therefore capable, perhaps of more evil, but certainly of more good. Strong impulses are but another name for energy. Energy may be turned to bad uses; but more good may always be made of an energetic nature, than of an indolent and impassive one. Those who have the most natural feeling, are always those whose cultivated feelings may be made the strongest. The same strong susceptibilities which make the personal impulses vivid and powerful, are also the source from whence are generated the most passionate love of virtue, and the sternest self-control. It is through the cultivation of these, that society both does its duty and protects its interests: not by rejecting the stuff of which heroes are made, because it knows not how to make them. A person whose desires and impulses are his own--are the expression of his own nature, as it has been developed and modified by his own culture--is said to have a character.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

John Stuart Mill
“It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak. There is no natural connexion between strong impulses and a weak conscience. The natural connexion is the other way. To say that one person's desires and feelings are stronger and more various than those of another, is merely to say that he has more of the raw material of human nature, and is therefore capable, perhaps of more evil, but certainly of more good. Strong impulses are but another name for energy. Energy may be turned to bad uses; but more good may always be made of an energetic nature, than of an indolent and impassive one. Those who have most natural feeling, are always those whose cultivated feelings may be made the strongest. The same strong susceptibilities which make the personal impulses vivid and powerful, are also the source from whence are generated the most passionate love of virtue, and the sternest self-control. It is through the cultivation of these, that society both does its duty and protects its interests: not by rejecting the stuff of which heroes are made, because it knows not how to make them. A person whose desires and impulses are his own—are the expression of his own nature, as it has been developed and modified by his own culture—is said to have a character.”
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

“IF 'Any man or woman who is NOT HONORABLE is dead already' --- then it is no wonder that we have So Many Zombies walking around on Planet Earth.”
Marsha Carol Watson

“Yes life is even hard for me, I can't complain because each hardship is a battle I must engage and each victory is an accomplishment I must re-engage over and over again. Nobody has it simple or easy but it becomes easy if you understand that temporary set backs and character building moments are part of life.”
Tare Munzara

Cate Holahan
“I don't invent my characters. I steal them from my surroundings. To be a writer is to be a life thief. Every day, I rob myself blind.”
Cate Holahan, Lies She Told

Alistair Cross
“Gretchen VanTreese (from The Crimson Corset) is easily the most heartless character I’ve ever written. Ruthless, self-obsessed, and ambitious beyond her means, she is the epitome of greed and overindulgence. This is woman who keeps handsome young men as pets, a staff of venom-addicted employees to do her daytime bidding, and a basement full of bound human delicacies.”
Alistair Cross

“If you've been betrayed by someone. For your own sanity, associate the problem with the individual and not with the gender.”
Nicky Verd

E.M. Forster
“And that is why novels, even when they are about wicked people, can solace us: they suggest a more comprehensible and thus more manageable human race, they give us the illusion of perspicacity and of power.”
E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel

Abhijit Naskar
“Mind you, O Mighty Soldier, you are the guardian of humanity's destiny - you are the shield and the sword of our species in the road ahead.”
Abhijit Naskar, Let The Poor Be Your God

Abhijit Naskar
“Without the conscientious actions of you, o braveheart, the society ever lastingly will be stuck in a loop filled with misery, hopelessness and destructive external advancement.”
Abhijit Naskar, Let The Poor Be Your God

“Self-affirmation, accepting the truthfulness of our being, is the highest virtue. Positing the self is an act of self-avowal. All acts of self-discovery commence with honestly facing personal trepidation while engaging in character building activities that promote internal transformation.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Abhijit Naskar
“The world has loads of human bodies to relentless wanting for more and more despite having all. What the world lacks are real human beings, with veins of steel and heart of honey.”
Abhijit Naskar, Let The Poor Be Your God

Abhijit Naskar
“There is no time to waste. Every second is precious. Either you have fun with your life and let your descendants suffer, or you chose to take responsibility of what happens to this world, and give your descendants the stable and beautiful environment in which they can grow and flourish.”
Abhijit Naskar, Let The Poor Be Your God

“When ONE is predisposed to 'fits of TEMPER' --- ONE Must ALWAYS Count to Ten!”
Marsha Carol Watson

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