poetry quotes: character|
There is one thing alone
that stands the brunt of life throughout its course:
a quiet conscience.
I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
- Howard A. Walter
Somebody said that is couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That maybe it couldn't, but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he tried.
- Edgar Albert Guest
By the excellence of his work the workman is a neighbor.
By selling only what he would not despise to own the salesman is a neighbor.
By selling what is good his character survives his market.
- Wendell Berry
Is it as plainly in our living shown,
By slant and twist, which way the wind has blown?
- Adelaide Crapsey
One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow.
'Tis the set of the sails and not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.
Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through life;
'Tis the set of the soul that decides its goal,
And not the calm or the strife.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I think continually of those who were truly great . . .
The names of those who in their lives fought for life,
Who wore at their hearts the fire's center.
Born of the sun they traveled a short while towards the sun,
And left the vivid air signed with their honor.
- Stephen Spender
Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit
Sow a habit, and you reap a character
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.
Copyright © 2001
by J.D. Deutschendorf