It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them – the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.
Our character is determined more by the absence of certain experiences than by the experiences we have undergone.
What we call our destiny is truly our character, and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.
The example of great and pure characters is the only thing that can produce fine ideas and noble deeds.
It is in the character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.
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.
I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.