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
“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
Charles de Gaulle
“The force of character is cumulative.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Character is a simple habit long continued.”
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