Portrait by Frank Larson,
| One must keep one's character. Earn a character
first if you can, and if you can't, then assume one. From the code of moals
I have been following and revising and revising for 72 years I remember
one detail. All my life I have been honest--comparatively honest. I could
never use money I had not made honestly--I could only lend it.
- Speech 12/22/1907
There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed
by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless. Observe the ass, for instance:
his character is about perfect, he is the choicest spirit among all the
humbler animals, yet see what ridicule has brought him to. Instead of
feeling complimented when we are called an ass, we are left in doubt.
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