There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.
There may be no heroic connotation to the word “persistence,” but the quality is to the character of man what carbon is to steel.[Also known as:]Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.
What that character is we shall show in due time, namely, that it is the knowledge of the union existing between the mind and the whole of nature.
To live in a great idea means to treat the impossible as though it were possible. It is just the same with a strong character; and when an idea and a character meet, things arise which fill the world with wonder for thousands of years.
There are those whose character is like a chestnut without a kernel.[Qu’il y en a dont le caractère est comme une châtaigne sans pulpe.]
The psychology of character is interesting. One cannot be interested in crime without being interested in psychology. It is not the mere act of killing, it is what lies behind it that appeals to the expert.
The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense.
Temperament refers to the mode of reaction and is constitutional and not changeable; character is essentially formed by a person’s experiences, especially of those in early life, and changeable, to some extent, by insights and new kinds of experiences.