RESPECT OF MANKIND

The crown and glory of life is character.  It is the noblest possession of a man, constituting a rank in itself, and an estate in the general good-will; dignifying every station, and exalting every position in society.  It exercises a greater power than wealth, and secures all the honour without the jealousies of fame.  It carries with it an influence which always tells; for it is the result of proved honour, rectitude, and consistency–qualities which, perhaps more than any other, command the general confidence and respect of mankind.  Character is human nature in its best form.  It is moral order embodied in the individual.  (Samuel Smiles, SELF-HELP)

Reference:  THE ETERNAL VISION-THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION OF SPIRITUAL QUOTATIONS compiled by William Sykes 2003

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