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What is Character?

What is character?

Character is a concept. You can check out the definition using your favorite dictionary. There are a multitude of books and blog articles asking What is character? These four articles all have different, yet similar, take on what is character.

To me, character is the sum of an individuals experiences and how they react to life. It is all the decisions you have made or ignored, all of your choices and reactions, every life experienced rolled into you.

Quotes about character

what is character

Froude forging character quotes

A great number of people from all walks of life have thoughts on what is character. Here are a few you may or may not have heard:

Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Men of character are the conscience of the society to which they belong.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You cannot dream yourself into a character, you must hammer and forge yourself one.” – James Anthony Froude

Aspects of character

Character is something that we all seem to have an innate understanding of what it is. Yet we cannot easily put it into words. Traits like trustworthiness, compassion and loyalty are at the top of most lists defining what is character. Lists of character traits can on and on.

More thoughts on character

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Improving Character

Do you have challenges involving character? Let me urge you to improve. It is a simple choice. One you can make every day, as often as you need. You do not need to make big changes. Start small, but do it every day. One small improvement. You can do it.

What does character mean to you?

I would love to hear your thoughts on defining character. Not the dictionary one, the one that is personal for you. Or if you are willing to share any challenges that having good character has helped you through, I would be most appreciative. Sometimes hearing of someone’s successful struggle is all another person needs to keep going. Share your thoughts below. Please share this article with your social media peeps.

2 thoughts on “What is Character?

  1. Kendall F. Person

    Nice Post and Big Question. In brief, I would say – Doing what we say we’re going to do, when there is someone depending on us to get it done. Thanks for sharing.

    1. shawngriffith Post author

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts Kendall. That is the Big Question. Can we keep our word to ourselves and others.


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