#6-1. There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it hardly behooves any of us
To talk about the rest of us.
-Attributed variously to Robert Stevenson and Edward Wallis Hoch
#6-2. The self is not something readymade, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
#6-3. Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
-Elmer G. Letterman
#6-4. Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Our character, our true inner self, shines through in subtle ways. You might be shy, you might try to pretend to be something you are not, but I have found that accomplished people are able to see through this easily. Once we taste success we should cultivate humility so as to avoid passing easy judgement on others and focus instead on building our own character as seen in our actions.