“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger
“Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t change, like your fingerprints. It’s something you weren’t born with and must take responsibility for forming.”
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
– Helen Keller
“Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.”
– Rita Mero
“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
– Anne Frank
“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”
– James A. Froude
“Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”
– Charles Reade
“The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
“The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.”
– Thomas Babington Macaulay
“The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
– Author Unknown
The reason most people never achieve their dreams is because they simply give up. Life was never meant to be easy – its a constant struggle, with extreme lows and extreme highs. Remember that the times when its most important to persevere are the times that you will be most tested.
As the saying goes: ‘If it doesn’t kill you it only makes you stronger’. This is certainly true when you think back to all those situations and crises you have been through in your life which you didn’t think you would pull through but did. As a matter of fact, it is often these very experiences we live through that actually make us stronger, more patient and better people.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller