Category: Character Counts

  • Other, Miscellaneous

    “The younger we are, the more we want to change the world. The older we are, the more we want to change the young.” — Unknown “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” — Charles Darwin “We can’t become what we […]

  • Wisdom

    “All receive advice. Only the wise profit from it.” — Syrus “If thou thinkest twice before thou speakest once, thou wilt speak twice the better for it.” — William Penn “A wise man knows everything; a shrewd one, everybody.” — Unknown “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” — Francis Bacon, 16th-century English […]

  • Virtue & Vice

    “He who hates vice, hates mankind.” — Pliny the Younger “Our virtues are most often but our vices disguised.” — François duc de la Rochefoucauld, 17th-century French memoirist and philosopher “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” — Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), 19th-century American humorist, author and journalist […]

  • Vanity, Fame, Popularity, Pride

    “Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space.” — Diana Black “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.” — C.S. Lewis, 20th-century British novelist and scholar “Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want […]

  • Trust, Deception & Betrayal

    “Betrayal can only happen if you love.” — David Cornwall, a.k.a. John Le Carre, 20th-century British author (from “The Perfect Spy”) “It is more shameful to distrust one’s friends than to be deceived by them.” — François duc de la Rochefoucauld, 17th-century French memoirist and philosopher “Most of our faults are more pardonable than the […]

  • Simplicity, Humility

    “Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot.” — Thomas Moore, 19th-century Irish poet, satirist, composer and musician (from “Loves of the Angels: Third Angel’s Story”) “Humility, like darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.” — Henry David Thoreau, 19th-century American essayist and nature writer (from “Walden”) “Humility is the solid foundation of all […]

  • Sanctimony, Cynicism, Pettiness, Envy, Anger

    “Hatred is blind, anger is foolhardy, and he who pours out vengeance risks having to drink a bitter draft.” — Alexandre Dumas, 19th-century French novelist and playwright (from The Count of Monte-Cristo, 1844) “Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life.” — Henry David Thoreau “Moral indignation is in most cases […]

  • Responsibility, Duty

    “You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” — Abraham Lincoln, 19th-century American president “Provision for others is the fundamental responsibility of human life.” — Woodrow Wilson, 20th-century American president “To protect those who are not able to protect themselves is a duty which every one owes to society.” — Edward Macnaghten […]

  • Respect, Tolerance, Acceptance, Diversity

    “I do not serve what you worship; nor do you serve what I worship. You have your own religion and I have mine.” — The Koran “The words you speak today should be soft and tender … for tomorrow you may have to eat them.” — Unknown “Every man is to be respected as an […]

  • Purpose, Will, Ambition

    “The more you prepare, the luckier you appear.” — Terry Josephson, 20th/21st-century motivational author “But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think…” — Lord Byron, 19th-century English poet (from Canto the Third) “[A]n aim in life is the only […]