I was wondering what is it that makes a person better? What is it that makes a person of good character? I hear that people of character have many tings but what does that mean? A list of virtues. But what makes a virtue a virtue? And what do they mean other than the denotations?
Courage. What does that mean?
Definition-The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death. - Harold Wilson
How about the ability to continue on a course of action dispite all reasons not to. - blackpage
Honor. What does that mean?
Definition-High respect, as that shown for special merit
The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught. - H. L. Mencken
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. - Lois McMaster Bujold
What is left when honor is lost? - Publilius Syrus
Honesty. What does that mean?
Definition-The quality or condition of being honest; integrity
Where is there dignity unless there is honesty? - Cicero
The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale. - Arthur C. Clarke
Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy. - George Carlin
Every man has his fault, and honesty is his. - William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "Timon of Athens", Act 3 scene 1
No legacy is so rich as honesty. - William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "All's Well that Ends Well", Act 3 scene 5
It was a grand trait of the old Roman that with him one and the same word meant both honor and honesty. - Advance
We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy. - George Bernard Shaw
Respect. What does that mean?
Definition-A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem
In order to preserve your self-respect, it is sometimes necessary to lie and cheat. - Robert Byrne
I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education. - Wilson Mizner
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. - Malcolm X
The way to procure insults is to submit to them: a man meets with no more respect than he exacts. - William Hazlitt
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Nelson Mandela
There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create. - Charles Baudelaire
Respect yourself and others will respect you. - Confucius
Humble. What does that mean?
Definition-Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful
Men in however high a station ought to fear the humble. - Phaedrus (15 BC - 50 AD)
If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail. - Francis Quarles (1592 - 1644)
It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment. - Saint Bernard (1090 - 1153)
Trust. What does that mean?
Definition- Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing
A person who trusts no one can't be trusted. - Jerome Blattner
The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him. - Henry Stimson
The body is shaped, disciplined, honored, and in time, trusted. - Martha Graham
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties. - Aesop
Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide. - Marva Collins
Trust one who has gone through it. - Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC), The Aeneid
In a sense these are mere words, yet they are some of what "makes" a good person. But isn't a person a sum of their actions? What scale of right and wrong is this based on? Society seems to be ruled only by those with the loudest voice. Is that truly a way to rate oneself? And even though some might say what other people think does not matter...it is nice to have some think highly of you who is not dissillusioned. So what is my point? What makes a person of good character? What are virtues and how does one have them? To live out a series of words? Is that really what it boils down to?