is one’s moral or ethical quality.

“Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.”

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994); author, educator, motivational speaker

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968); minister, civil rights activist

“Your a dark forest. But the trees are of a particular species, they are genealogical trees.”

Marcel Proust (1871-1922); novelist

“Character is higher than intellect. Thinking is the function. Living is the functionary. The stream retreats to its source. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen.”

Conan O'Brien (born 1963); TV host, comedian

“What is permissible is not always honorable.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43); Roman orator

“You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans. ”

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004); 40th U.S. President

“I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself- that is the best combination. ”

Dame Judy Dench (born 1934); Actress

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”

Phillip Brooks

“What you do when you don't have to will determine what you will be when you can't help it.”


“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.”

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826); 3rd U.S. President

“In thy face I see The map of honor, truth, and loyalty.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616); dramatist, poet

“Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.”

Elmer G. Letterman author

“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919); 26th U.S. President

“There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.”

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790); politician, writer, scientist

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. ”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865); 16th U.S. President

“Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.”

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933); author, educator, clergyman

“Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.”

Horace Greeley (1811-1872); editor and publisher

“I believe that when you realize who you really are, you understand that nothing can stop you from becoming that person.”

Christine Lincoln

“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.”

Charles Hadden Spurgeon (1834-1892); Pastor

“Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.”

J. C. Watts (born 1957); politician

“Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.”

James Lane Allen (1849-1923); novelist

“The only guide to a man is his conscience.”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965); British statesman, prime minister, author, Nobel Prize winner

“With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.”

Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876-1948); lawyer, politician, first Governor-General of Pakistan

“Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.”

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682); scholar, essayist

“Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.”

Marcus Aurelius (121-180); Roman emperor, Stoic philosopher

“Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids.”

Aristotle (384-322); philosopher

“No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.”

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887); clergyman, social reformer

“...all true to be acquired only by noble deeds and high achievements and the establishment of a character founded upon the principles of truth, uprightness, and inflexible integrity.”

Alexander H. Stephens (1812-1883); Confederate Vice President during the U.S. Civil War

“The most unambiguous sign that a person holds men in low esteem is this: That he either acknowledges them merely as means to his ends or does not acknowledge them at all.”

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900); scholar, writer, philosopher

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

Helen Keller (1880-1968); author, lecturer, activist

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900); novelist, playwright

“A man's character is his fate.”

Heraclitus (535-475); philosopher

“Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.”

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959); architect

“Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind rather than on outward circumstances.”

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790); politician, writer, scientist

“Action is character.”

F. Scott Fiztgerald (1896-1940); novelist, screenwriter

“Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.”

Tyron Edwards theologian

“Every experience is a stitch in the fabric of your character.”

Gary Clausing musician

“You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.”

Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990); publisher

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”

Thomas Paine (1737-1809); scholar, intellectual, writer

“I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me - all I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”

Jackie Robinson (1919-1972); Major League Baseball player, civil rights activist

“If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work.”

Beryl Markham (1902-1986); author, adventurer

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”

George Washington (1732-1799); 1st U.S. President

“Character wants room; must not be crowded on by persons, nor be judged from glimpses got in the press of affairs, or on few occasions. It needs perspective, as a great building.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“Honest towards ourselves and towards anyone else who is our friend; brave towards the enemy; magnanimous towards the defeated; polite always: this is how the four cardinal virtues want us to act.”

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900); scholar, writer, philosopher

“Thoughtfulness for others, generosity, modesty, and self-respect, are the qualities which make a real gentleman, or lady, as distinguished from the veneered article which commonly goes by that name.”

Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895); biologist

“I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. ”

Robert Frost (1874-1963); poet

“The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.”

William James (1842-1910); psychologist, philosopher, author

“Life is not the way it is supposed to be. It is the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference. ”

Virginia Satir (1916-1988); American author and psychotherapist

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865); 16th U.S. President

“Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.”

Dr. William Claire Menninger (1899-1966); psychiatrist

“Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.”

Zig Ziglar (born 1926); motivational author, speaker

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”

Marcus Aurelius (121-180); Roman emperor, Stoic philosopher

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“Judge me not by physical size or appearance, but judge me by the size of my character.”

Cornelius Kilgore (born 1973); Military

“Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955); theoretical physicist, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner

“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters. ”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862); naturalist, author, philosopher

“Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.”

Sister Mary Corita Kent (1918-1986); artist, educator

“The true test of a person's character is how they treat the people in life that they don't need.”

Lee Corso (born 1936); sports broadcaster

“Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.”

Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970); 1st French president (Fifth Republic)

“Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self-respect springs.”

Joan Didion (born 1934); journalist, essayist, novelist

“Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.”

George Santayana (1863-1952); philosopher, poet, essayist, novelist

“Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616); dramatist, poet

“Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of the fire. Happiness is something we are. ”

John B. Sheerin

“Life is less about what you do, and more about how and why you do those things. This is called character.”

Josh Verseput (born 1985);

“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 (1880-1968); author, lecturer, activist

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Everyday Hero: Marie

I am a college student with a learning disability and because of this I require the help of tutors to get me through my classes. In previous years at school when I sign up for a peer tutoring appointment I always have disclosed my learning disability to the tutor so they can better help me. But I have encountered many…

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Everyday Hero: Derek

Derek enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2006 at the age of 18 years old. He is stationed in Nevada and loves serving his country. He has not been called go to Iraq or Afghanistan yet, but he is more than willing to answer the call. Derek mentors youths in his community by coaching an AAU basketball team.…

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Everyday Hero: Isaiah

My hero is my son. Isaiah has Asperser's and TBI. Yet he does not allow this to get in his way. He is a determined young man with a big heart and a personality to match. He loves to write songs, stories and animals. He is my inspiration!

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Everyday Hero: Michelle

My mom is my true hero. She is such a strong willed woman, and has taught me so many things throughout my life. Like what it means to be a good person, to be responsible and trustworthy, and to make good decisions. She is very optimistic and always looks for the positive in things, which I look up to her…

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Everyday Hero: Debra

My mom always wins the honor of hero for me. She's a three-time cancer survivor, including breast cancer in 1999. Through it all, though, I've never once heard her complain about what she's had to go through. When the rest of our family was upset, I can remember her response: "Don't worry. It ain't but a thing." She has a…

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Everyday Hero: Gary


Gary is a firefighter paramedic and works 24hr shifts, he cares very much for the people in the community. One morning a few months ago while just leaving town for work. During which time, I saw a woman's purse like planner lying in the middle of the road just a couple of miles from our home with everything blowing out…

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Everyday Hero: Dr. Gerald

My father taught me about faith, compassion and integrity. He was a man who spoke not one negative word about a person. He exemplified professionalism. He allowed me to grow into a man without judging me. Thanks to him I have the confidence I do and continue to believe in myself.

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Everyday Hero: Richard

My hero is my grandfather, he has been a real inspiration to me and my brothers. He teaches valuable life lessons and pushes the envelope every day. As a retired orthopedic surgeon he has a lot of time on his hands and doesn't waste one second of it. At 73, he has a lot of life highlights. He's ran every…

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Everyday Hero: Chris

My hero is my best friend's brother, CSR. He died in a car accident in 2005. He was an amazing person. He was the first person who I ever saw be true to themselves, to the fullest. He made me see that being yourself is the best thing. We love and miss him.

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Everyday Hero: Jacob

My hero is my son Jacob. He has lived with the effects of a stroke he suffered at birth. Jacob is good, and giving, and he never judges others harshly, rather, he looks at everyone for the person they are and the things they contribute. I am proud to have him as my son.

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Everyday Hero: Anonymous Hero

I don't know my hero by name or even remember his face. He's one of those unnamed and unsung people who do a good deed not for the recognition but because it's the right thing to do. I was 16 years old, going through possibly one of the hardest times of my young life, sitting in the passenger seat of…

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Everyday Hero: Matthew

My husband Matt was the single father of three girls, all of whom have disabilities. Meghan has Down Syndrome, Molly has autism and Madeline has autism. He raised them with grace, dignity and respect for themselves and others. He undertook an enormous job and did it with love and did it well. The girls are so lucky to have him…

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Everyday Hero: Jesse

My grandfather is my hero. After leaving Korea as a war hero, he went on to become a police officer. Later on, he felt God directing him into a career as a pastor. He was a dedicated father, grandfather, husband, patriot and Christian who changed the lives of everyone he met. He taught his children and grandchildren so much, and…

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Everyday Hero: Faye an inspiration to many and does not even know it. Faye had breast cancer nine years ago. Faye dealt with this situation with a great deal of dignity. She was strong for her family and herself. She was back to work three weeks after having 23 lymph nodes removed. She has taught me a great deal in my 35…

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Everyday Hero: Minnie Mae

My hero is 92 years young. She has the vigor and wit of a person in their seventies. Her charm and personality have won the hearts of family and friends for many years. Today she is the neighborhood queen for four young boys between the ages of four and ten years of age. She bakes cookies and gives them candy…

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Everyday Hero: Rowland

I would like to nominate my dad as my hero. He is the best dad anyone could ask for. He is currently in his third year of remission from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He battled the disease off and on for three years undergoing many tests, chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant. During the entire time he kept his spirits up…

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Everyday Hero: Justin

Courage. Character. Integrity. Inspiration. Selflessness. These are words describing my nominee, Justin - a former student of mine and an enduring friend. Justin is still dealing with a lot of medical and neurological issues that started a few years ago. However, he has been a true hero to me because of all that he still pursues in his life. It…

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Everyday Hero: Taylor

"A song for a heart so big, God wouldn't let it live." -Jimmy Eat World, "Hear You Me" I grew up with Taylor. He came to my fifth birthday party, and was constantly a visitor at our house. There where always whispers, talk of something bad that us children could never quite understand, not until many years later. We knew…

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Everyday Hero: Matt

Matt was an athlete, brother, friend, son, student, an all around great person, and my boyfriend whom I was in love with. He had earned his varsity letter in 4 different sports. Although he was an athlete, he was kind to anyone and everyone. When my boyfriend Matt passed away, one comment left on the memorial wall at my high…

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Everyday Hero: Angela

Looking through the values I saw so many that described my mom, starting with ambition and going down the list. Not one but all describe my mother. She is truly a hero in my eyes, not like Hercules, but one that a lot of people would take for granted everyday. A mom that dedicates her life to her children. My…

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Everyday Hero: Jude

Not a week goes by that we do not hear how Jude inspires others to have a good attitude now matter what circumstance they are in. She lives by taking a chemotherapy everyday called cellcept. Less than one tenth of one percent of the nation suffers from her disease—pulmonary fibrosis, an autoimmune disease. It is rare for it to enter…

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Everyday Hero: Gilberta


Now, I talk about the best woman on this planet; the woman who I love, the woman who brought my life in this earth. Now I can say that she is my better hero, but I got one better than her who formed me in the womb of my mom, who is God; My mom has been a good mom…

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Everyday Hero: Judy

My hero is my grandma, Judy. She has battled breast cancer and is very courageous. Even through all the struggles and pain, she fought and won! She inspires me to never give up when I'm faced with a struggle. Without her as my hero, I would not be the same person that I am today.

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Everyday Hero: Mr.

I was a nine-year-old fourth grader and that fight on the school bus was just the latest in about four years of them. However, with one exception, it was my last. Mr. Whatley saw to that. Mr. Whatley was the Principal of a new elementary school in a new (1954) subdivision in an old North Georgia county seat. Textiles and…

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Everyday Hero: Charlie

My father has always been a hero in my life. Ever since I can remember he always was my symbol of strength, success, and inspiration. He always pushed me to become something better and never failed to inspire someone. We avidly play recreational softball and everyone admires him for his humor, athleticism, and most importantly friendliness. He is there when…

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Everyday Hero: Milton


He is hardworking, encouraging, and uplifting. He always had something positive to say, even when something bad was going on. He made people feel at home, very welcoming and willing to help anyone out in need expecting nothing in return. He was always working, nothing could stand in his way.

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Everyday Hero: Mattie

Six years ago my mother went through the most precarious time of her life, not sure if she would live or die. She was suffering the effects of Polycystic Kidney Disease, living with a set of kidneys and a liver no longer in operation. She was in great pain, afraid of the uncertainty of tomorrow and isolated three hours from…

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Everyday Hero: Julie

My friend Julie, showed character, compassion, strength and faith in her last days of battling a progressive cancer that took her life. Julie had a husband and 4 children. I used to live a life of a practicing addict and in those days she would allow me to visit her church with her family (knowing I would go back to…

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Everyday Hero: sachin


he is one of the finest motivator for the youngster all around the world

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Everyday Hero: JAY


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Everyday Hero: Thomas

Our son, Thomas, turned 10 on February 12, 2005. He was born pre-mature at 27 weeks and weighed only 2 lbs, 10 ounces. Within 24 hours after his birth, he was dying. We had signed consent for the doctors to try a new treatment, nitrous oxide. When all seemed lost, Thomas's vitals starting creeping back to healthier levels. He was…

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Everyday Hero: Richard


My grandfather is my hero. He will be 81 years old this week. He is a military Navy veteran that served during the Korean War. He is the most important man in my life, and has been for the most all of it, nearly 40 years now. He worked 120 hours a week to take care of his family and…

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Everyday Hero: RUSSELL

Russell was a man of his word, he would never let you down in any way. He inspired my life with many of his words. He wasn't only my step father he was a friend: a friend that I could talk to about anything, a friend that I could trust no matter what and a friend that I was able…

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Everyday Hero: Marshall

My hero is my Daddy. With a 6th grade education, he went to the Pacific theater in WWII, earned the sharpshooter award and a Purple Heart, became a supervisor of a manufacturing plant, and in his sixties earned his high school diploma. He is gentle and generous, tough as nails and kind as a mother's love. He's the greatest man…

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Everyday Hero: Andrea


Andrea JohnBaptiste is an intelligent, poised, and well-versed businesswoman with excellent communication skills, positive outlook and pleasing personality that enhances her natural leadership qualities. She inspires not only myself, but many others that are surrounded by her. Always staying humble and true to her caring character. She is able to break from the norm, challenge the status quo, make that…

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Everyday Hero: John

The hero I knew was my father, John. My ex-husband had abandoned my two children and me. My parents gave up their jobs and home and moved across the state to help me. We lived together for a long time as I struggled to make it. My father had headaches almost every day of his life. One day, I got…

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Everyday Hero: Courtney

My hero is my 17 year old daughter Courtney. She is a swimmer and is very dedicated to her sport. She rarely misses practice and meets. On a Friday in October Courtney came home sick from school with her stomach hurting. She had a swim meet on Saturday and even though she was hurting tried to swim. When she wasn't…

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He didn't let anyone pull him down
happy hippo about 1 month ago from Wausau, WI

We all face unfair treatment, but no one can take away the personal choice to become part of the problem or part of the solution.
Dennis Dinzeo 4 months ago from Las Vegas, NV

Let no one live rent free in your head.
Letta over 1 year ago from Akron, OH

There's good in the worst of us and bad in the best of us, till it makes no sense to talk about the rest of us.
Letta over 1 year ago from Akron, Ohio

Be always kind to others. Set an example through yourself.
King over 1 year ago from Sampaquita

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