A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, values, character, and nihilism

There is no natural or divine gift or grace or worldly privilege or economic asset that will compensate for a profound, vicious and virulent vacuum at the core of HUMAN values—and we have, as a civilization, the most massive and deliberately composed such vacuum in world-history (scientism, capitalist nihilism, radical value-neutralization or anomie).  Which is, all in all, to make of course a characteristically Greek point about values, that every principle or virtue or form of intelligence and insight is always liable to peripeteia, i.e. to an utter reversal in value-polarities:  "freedom," "rationality," and all other banausically graspable and desirable "goods-in-abstracto" inevitably and eventually slue around to become malignancies, mind-eating and personality-snuffing cancers and obsessions.  Contrary to the delusions of Christian fideism and authoritarianism, values are inherently incapable of being presented or comprehended in an ABSOLUTE form:  a malignant or delusive mentality, a malformed personality or character, can SUBVERT anything—and of course conceal from itself utterly that it itself has such a warpage or privation. 

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on love, values, character, joy, and virtue

Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

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A Quote by Zig Ziglar on love, loyalty, success, integrity, character, and honesty

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.

Zig Ziglar (1926 -)

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A Quote by James Cooper on greatness, character, and individual

All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.

James Cooper

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on character and belief

I forget that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, therefore what one does in the secret chamber one has some day to cry aloud on the housetops.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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A Quote by Robert Grudin on freedom, creativity, and character

Because it is a radical act of freedom, creative achievement is a heroic process that requires, in all its permutations, specific strengths of character.

Robert Grudin

Source: The Grace of Great Things: Creativity and Innovation, Pages: 7

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A Quote by Solon on nobility, character, and trust

Solon (c.640 - c.558 BC)

Source: Solon was a Greek lawgiver & politician in Athens (638 BC - 559 BC)

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A Quote by Henri Frederic Amiel on test, religion, politics, systems, conscience, injury, and character

The test of every religious, political, or educational system, is the man which it forms.  If a system injures the intelligence it is bad.  If it injures the character it is vicious.  If it injures the conscience it is criminal.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

Source: Heart Failure: Diary Of A Third Year Medical Student

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on language, people, character, and languages

A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

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A Quote by unknown on character

I'm not the man I want to be, I'm not the man I'm going to be, but I thank God every day that I'm not the man I used to be.


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