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Your reputation is what people say about you. Your character is what God and your wife know about you.

    Author: Billy Sunday

It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.

    Author: C.S. Lewis

Because I had been a basketball player, it never dawned on me to evaluate people on the basis of color. If you could play, you could play. In America it would appear that there is more openness, acceptance, and teamwork in the gym than in the church of Jesus Christ.

    Author: Jim Cymbala
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, Zondervan Publishing House, p. 35.

Doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It is worse than useless; it does positive harm. Something of 'the image of Christ' must be seen and observed by others in our private life, and habits, and character, and doings.

    Author: J.C. Ryle

The storms of winter often bring out the defects in a man's dwelling, and sickness often exposes the gracelessness of a man's soul. Surely anything that makes us find out the real character of our faith is good.

    Author: J.C. Ryle

Character grows in the stream of the world's life. That chiefly is where men are to learn love.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: The Greatest Thing in the World.

Patience; kindness; generosity; humility; courtesy; unselfishness; good-temper; guilelessness; sincerity--these make up the supreme gift, the stature of the perfect man.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: The Greatest Thing in the World.

What is the creed of the Agnostic, but the confession of the spiritual numbness of humanity?

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, Death, p. 160.

The ill-tempered person ... can make very little of his environment. However he may attempt to circumscribe it in certain directions, there will always remain a wide and ever-changing area to stimulate his irascibility. His environment, in short, is an inconstant quantity, and his most elaborate calculations and precautions must often and suddenly fail him.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, Mortification, p. 191.

Under the right conditions it is as natural for character to become beautiful as for a flower; and if on God's earth there is not some machinery for effecting it, the supreme gift to the world has been forgotten. This is simply what man was made for. With Browning: "I say that Man was made to grow, not stop."

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: The Changed Life, p. 10.

Man is a moral animal, and can, and ought to, arrive at great natural beauty of character. But this is simply to obey the law of his nature--the law of his flesh; and no progress along that line can project him into the spiritual sphere.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, p. 382.

In dealing with a man of fine moral character, we are dealing with the highest achievement of the organic kingdom. But in dealing with a spiritual man we are dealing with THE LOWEST FORM OF LIFE IN THE SPIRITUAL WORLD. To contrast the two, therefore, and marvel that the one is apparently so little better than the other, is unscientific and unjust.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, p. 385.

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