Forging Character Quotes
Character and Effort
There are some amazing quotes that get bandied around. One of my favorites I found attributed to Henry David Thoreau, but as it turns out, he was quoting James Anthony Froude. Character takes effort and hard work. That is why the use of the term forging. It implies effort, hard work and heat under pressure. Also it requires time. Just like forging a piece of metal into something useful, forging ones character is a slow methodical process. It turns out many of the forging character quotes point out the dedication and will needed to hammer and forge yourself a good character.
“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” — English historian, James Anthony Froude
You can read more about the misattributions of this quote on Walden Wood’s Project.
Character and Trial
Character is not tested or developed by studying and classroom drills. It develops in the forge called life. When you have struggles and difficulties, these are character defining moments. Is it easy? No! But if you want success, Helen Keller says you must push through it and persevere. Here are Helen’s thoughts on character:
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller
Character and Society
Another great quote is by Channing. It implies that without personal or individual character , we will not have a society. To put this in perspective, think of a world where there is no right or wrong. The strong prey on the weak and take what they want. There are no societal norms or conscience to reign in behavior. Commerce breaks down because no one trusts anyone. You might as well be living back in the days of the wild west or with the pirates sailing the seven seas. There would lawlessness, violence and hatred running rampant. While not one of the forging character quotes, it does simply state the need for good character.
The great hope of society is individual character.
William Ellery Channing
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