Let your character be kept up the very end, just as it began, and so be consistent.
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One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.
The rich man is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue.
In eternity there is indeed something true and sublime. But all these times and places and occasions are now and here. God himself culminates in the present moment and will never be more divine in the lapse of the ages. Time is but a stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it, but when I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away but eternity remains.
That which we call character is a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means. It is conceived of as a certain undemonstrable force, a familiar or genius, by whose impulses the man is guided, but whose counsels he cannot impart.
Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.