Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.
— Cavett Robert
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.
— Peter Marshall
Half finished work generally proves to be labor lost.
— Abraham Lincoln
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.
— Margaret Thatcher
I always have good finishes. You go as hard as you can until the end. You can always rest when it’s over.
— Janet Evans
I have seldom known anyone who deserted truth in trifles that could be trusted in matters of importance.
— William Paley
Never is there a single instance when a lie can be justified.
— Leo Tolstoy
Parents shouldn’t lie to their children – not even when they think it’s for their own good. Even a little lie is dangerous.
— Pablo Casals
The essence of lying is in deception, not in words; a lie may be told by silence, by the accent on a syllable, by a glance of the eyes attaching a peculiar significance to a sentence; and all these kinds of lies are worse and baser by many degrees than a lie plainly worded.
— John Ruskin
Dad put a high premium on telling the truth. “Honesty,” he said, “tells people a lot about who you are and what you are.”
— Christine Todd Whitman
Dad instilled in me the value of honesty. There was a right and wrong in my house that was almost Old Testament-like in how I was supposed to do things. I never was late with a library book. I never missed a day of school. I never got involved in drugs. He also taught me to have a work ethic.
— Jim Cramer
The greatest gift my dad gave me was honesty. He was always very fair with rules, and he was the most honest guy on the golf course.
— Vijay Singh
On Sundays, I would sometimes go with my father, who was a realtor, to the open houses that he had. I saw firsthand how honest he was with people. When he’d have a buyer come into a house, he would tell them about the unnoticed or unseen problems. If the furnace didn’t work properly, he’d tell them. He treated prospective buyers in the same way he would have liked to be treated.
— Dick Gephardt
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Optimism enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not abandon it to his enemy.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The virtue you would like to have, assume it is already yours, appropriate it, enter into the part and live the character just as the great actor is absorbed in the character of the part he plays.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think the biggest thing for me was just mentally believing I should win these tournaments.
— Lindsay Davenport
I’ve gotten a long way just on sheer optimism – taking jobs I was unqualified for, never believing I would fail at them because I’m optimistic to the point of being naïve. I was willing to try things I probably should have failed at and could have failed at but didn’t.
— Liz Dolan
I don’t give my word lightly, and I don’t ever break it.
— Vince Lombardi
There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity.
— Tom Peters
Dad was a man of absolute honesty, thoroughness and industriousness. His word was his bond. You didn’t need a contract with him. Everyone knew that whatever he said, he was going to do.
— Elizabeth Dole
I would rather go out of politics feeling that I had done what was right than stay in with the approval of all men, knowing in my heart that I had acted as I ought not to.
— Theodore Roosevelt
Making a decision usually means taking one of two roads. One is doing the right thing. To take the other road, you have to sit back and spin a story around the decision or action you are taking. If you find yourself thinking up an elaborate justification for what you are doing, you are not doing the right thing.
— Wayne Sales
Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.
— Helen Keller
Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose.
— George Meredith
To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character anyone can give. Do not let anyone see your mortification, but whatever you fancy people are saying about you, go on with your life as though nothing unpleasant has happened to you.
— W. Somerset Maugham
Perhaps only when human effort had done its best and failed, would God’s power alone be free to work.
— Corrie ten Boom
I learned the lesson about not fearing failure from my dad because I’ve seen him fail and know what a great man he is. Losing a campaign does not mean losing your integrity, or losing your decency or losing his standing in my eyes or in the eyes of honorable people. We must take risks in order to succeed and if it doesn’t work out for the moment, life itself will work out in the long run.
— George W. Bush
My strongest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.
— Bjorn Borg
Character is determined in the second half.
— Bernie Casey
I wrote for twelve years and collected 250 rejection slips before getting any fiction published, so I guess outside reinforcement isn’t all that important to me.
— Lisa Alther
A champion is one who gets up when he can’t see.
— Jack Dempsey
Doers are willing to break through the barriers of pain that stand between themselves and a goal. The pain barriers might be emotional or physical – or both. Doers realize that any goal of substance is not meant to be achieved easily and they will face severe tests of their patience and determination along the path to fulfillment.
— Gary Player