a Quality of the Soul
mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above
rubies. Job 28:18.
A character formed according to the divine likeness is the only treasure that
we can take from this world to the next. Those who are under the instruction
of Christ in this world will take every divine attainment with them to the
heavenly mansions. And in heaven we are continually to improve. . . .
ability and genius are not character, for these are often possessed by those
who have the very opposite of a good character. Reputation is not character.
True character is a quality of the soul, revealing itself in the conduct.
character is a capital of more value than gold or silver. It is unaffected
by panics or failures, and in that day when earthly possessions shall be swept
away, it will bring rich returns. Integrity, firmness, and perseverance are
qualities that all should seek earnestly to cultivate; for they clothe the
possessor with a power which is irresistible--a power which makes him strong
to do good, strong to resist evil, strong to bear adversity.
of character consists of two things--power of will and power of self-control.
Many youth mistake strong, uncontrolled passion for strength of character;
but the truth is that he who is mastered by his passions is a weak man. The
real greatness and nobility of the man is measured by his powers to subdue
his feelings, not by the power of his feelings to subdue him. The strongest
man is he who, while sensitive to abuse, will yet restrain passion and forgive
If it were
considered as important that the young possess a beautiful character and amiable
disposition as it is that they imitate the fashions of the world in dress
and deportment, we would see hundreds where there is one today coming upon
the stage of active life prepared to exert an ennobling influence upon society.
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