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"Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence."
— Bernard Montgomery
British Field Marshall

"The respect that leadership must have requires that one's ethics be without question. A leader not only stays above the line between right and wrong, he stays well clear of the gray areas."
— G. Alan Bernard
President, Mid Park, Inc.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
— Abraham Lincoln

"Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions."
— Dag Hammarskjold

"We aim to develop physique, mentality and character in our students; but because the first two are menaces without the third, the greatest of these is character."
— Joseph Dana Allen, Headmaster
Poly Prep Magazine Fall 1989

"Character is destiny."
— Heraclitus

"Character is power."
— Booker T. Washington

"You can not dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one."
— James A. Froude

"God grant that men of principle shall be our principal men."
— Thomas Jefferson

"The force of character is cummulative."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work."
— Orison Sweet Marden

"Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support and opens the way to wealth, honor and happiness."
— J. Howe

"Successful leadership is not about being tough or soft, sensitive or assertive, but about a set of attributes. First and foremost is character"
— Warren Bennis

"Dreams are the touchstones of our character"
— Henry David Thoreau

"Character is the firm foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character."
— R. C. Samsel

"No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character."
— John Morley

"Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are to some extent a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece—by thought, choice, courage and determination."
— John Luther

"While you, the leader, can teach many things, character is not taught easily to adults who arrive at your desk lacking it. Be cautious about taking on reclamation projects regardless of the talent they may possess. Have the courage to make character count among the qualities you seek in others."
— John Wooden

"It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."
— Alfred Adler

"Every man has three characters—that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has."
— Alphonse Karr

"The assumption of authority brings out the leader's inner world."
— M.A. Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas, The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership

"In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do."
— Stephen Covey

"The forbearing use of power does not only form a touchstone; but the manner in which an individual enjoys certain advantages over others is a test of a true gentleman. The power which the strong have over the weak, the magistrate over the employed, the educated over the unlettered, the experienced over the confiding, even the clever over the silly; the forbearing and inoffensive use of all this power and authority, or the total abstinence from it, when the case admits it, will show the gentleman in a plain light. The gentleman does not needlessly and unnecessarily remind an offender of a wrong he may have committed against him. He can only forgive; he can forget; and he strives for that nobleness of self and mildness of character which imparts sufficient strength to let the past be put the past."
— General Robert E. Lee

"Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them."
— Winston Churchill

"The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it."
— John Ruskin

"To be thrown upon one’s own resources is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previosly unsusceptible."
— Benjamin Franklin
"Character is not built in men by hiding them from temptation, it is by teaching them to scorn it."
— Emmett P. LeCompte