Honesty, authenticity, integrity

You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

“in which people are true to themselves, accurately representing–privately and publicly–their internal states, intentions and commitments. It is classified as a virtue of courage, indicating that it often takes courage to do the right thing. The word integrity comes from the Latin word integritas which means whole, complete and entire. Disintegration is a powerful opposite defined as destroying unity or breaking into parts. 

Psychologist Carl Rogers (1961) argued that “a person, who sacrifices authenticity to preserve a partial or rigid self-image, or to deceive or manipulate others, likely sacrifices much potential for personal growth and positive change.”

Mark Twain

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”


Bruce Lee

“As you think, so shall you become.”

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”



“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”


“Honesty is the best policy. If I lose my honor, I lose myself”

~William Shakespeare

Perseverance, industriousness

“You finish what you start.  The industrious person takes on difficult projects and finishes them, ‘getting it out the door, with good cheer and minimal complaints.  You do what you say you will do and sometimes more, never less.”

– “Persistence” is the voluntary continuation of a goal-directed action in spite of obstacles, difficulties, or discouragement. Simply measuring how long someone works at a task does not adequately capture the essence of persistence, because continuing to perform something that is fun or rewarding does not require one to endure and overcome setbacks. In this character strength we can use the terms perseverance, industriousness and persistence interchangeably. 

Ghandi had some thoughts:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”


What Mark Twain has to add:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


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