Our culture is so enamored with success and failure it seems to ignore character. Just ask somebody what character is and notice what happens. The fundamental word means to engrave or to represent. An interesting idea that character has to do with how we “represent.” Then failure, success, the tragic and the sublime are just opportunities to represent?

“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”      Abraham Lincoln

“One can acquire everything in solitude – except character.”      Marie Henri Beyle

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson