Circumstances Change. Character Remains.

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January 18.

On this day in 1936, Rudyard Kipling, England’s first Nobel Prize winner in literature, died in London, England. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. Kipling’s famous poem If is still widely quoted today. In it, Kipling advises readers to, “meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.” The following notables agree that Triumph and Disaster come and go, but Character remains.

 Circumstances Change. Character Remains

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

“Expedients are for the hour; principles for the ages.”
Henry Ward Beecher

“Character isn't inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action.”
Helen Gahagan Douglas
 ”Maintaining your integrity in a world of sham is no small accomplishment.”
Wayne Oates
 “Faced with a crisis, the man of character falls back on himself.”
Charles de Gaulle

“The force of character is cumulative.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is a simple habit long continued.”
Plutarch

Today’s Bible Verse

We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 5:3-4 NIV

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