"As we grow older, we should learn that these are two quite different things. Character is something you forge for yourself; temperament is something you are born with and can only slightly modify. Some people have easy temperaments and weak characters; others have difficult temperaments and strong characters. We are all prone to confuse the two in assessing people we associate with. Those with easy temperaments and weak characters are more likable than admirable; those with difficult temperaments and strong characters are more admirable than likable."
— Sydney J. Harris, Clearing the Ground (1986), ‘Confusing “Character” with “Temperament”’
"It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little."
— Oscar Wilde, De Profundis (1897)
"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."
— George S. Patton, War as I Knew It (1947)