Quotations on Character




“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

                                                                     Maya Angelou


M0015415 Sophocles, from the bust in the Lateran, Rome.


“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”




“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”

                                                                          Bruce Lee

18 thoughts on “Quotations on Character

  1. I wonder if Maya Angelou was thinking of Samuel Johnson’s 18th-century remark: “Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other” (Boswell’s Life of Johnson). Johnson’s older contemporary and sometime nemesis, Henry Fielding, laid it out differently, calling “good nature” the fundamental virtue, on the grounds that courage in an ill-natured person would “only render the possessor capable of doing greater mischiefs” (The Champion entry for January 3, 1740).

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