Category Archives: Strong Character


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


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


Having character means that you are honest, even when it doesn’t seem to be in your best interest to tell the truth.
Pat Williams

It is a wonderful heritage to have an honest father.
Proverbs 20:7 (TLB)

Telling the truth isn’t just hard for kids; it can be hard for parents too. And when honesty is hard, that’s precisely the moment when wise parents remember that their children are watching – and learning.
Dennis Swanberg

My father was one of the most honest and upright people I have ever known – and he may have inherited this trait from his father, who once traveled a long distance to return five cents he had accidentally overcharged someone.
J.B. Handelsman

Honesty wins. This must be not only the kind of honesty that keeps a man’s fingers out of his neighbor’s till, but the finer honesty that will not allow a man to give less than his best, the kind of honesty that makes him count not his hours but his duties and opportunities, and constantly urges him to increase his efficiency.
J.C. Penney

Be a Gentleman

This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.
William Phelps

I’d like to be known as a gentleman first, and then as a golfer.
Ben Hogan

You can be tough as nails and still be a gentleman.
Bo McMillin

A gentleman is one who considers the rights of others before his own feelings and the feelings of others before his own rights.
John Wooden

Character Required for Success

I consider the most enviable of titles the character of an honest man.
George Washington

When the truth is in your way, you are on the wrong road.
Josh Billings

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
Albert Einstein

If you get a reputation for being honest, you have 95 percent of the competition already beat.
John Kenneth Galbraith

It is a good idea to share with your children personal anecdotes of how you practiced honesty and courage. Your children will profit from both the moral of the anecdote and your willingness to share these experiences with them.
Dr. Ruth Sharon


As surely as God is good, so surely there is no such thing as necessary evil.
Robert Southey

Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked, for the evil man has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
Proverbs 24:19-20

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.
Baltasar Gracián

Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a “necessary evil,” it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil.
Sydney Harris

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 3:9


Integrity is all about doing the right thing, no matter what the consequence.
Bobby Bowden

When a man sells eleven ounces for twelve, he makes a compact with the devil and sells himself for the value of an ounce.
Henry Ward Beecher

To have integrity, you do not lie or cheat on the small things; and, as a result, you are not corrupted by the larger temptations – the lure of power, prestige or money.
Adrian Gostick and Dana Telford

One of the greatest gifts that God gives a person is the ability to lie down at night satisfied with who he is and what he has done that day because he has acted with integrity.
Billy Graham

Dignity and honor always get tested at times when we really wish they wouldn’t. This is precisely the reason why maintaining a sense of honor can be so challenging. Everything is going along as well as could be hoped for and then – whammo! – adversity strikes. But what a sweet victory it is when in such times, you handle yourself in a way you will never regret.
Gary Player