“Courage is the first of human qualities…”

“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”      Winston Churchill

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James Madison on the Importance of Virtue

“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.”

Thomas Jefferson on Liberty and the Evil of Slavery

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever.”

Thomas JeffersonNotes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781

Jefferson is referring to slavery, which he called a “great political and moral evil.”

Character Quality of the Month – Humility

Humility vs. Arrogance
Acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life

The older I get the more I realize I am mostly the product of what God has placed in me and what others have invested in my life. I am grateful to those whose character has left a lasting impression on me…

Download the full list of the 49 character qualities and their definitions from the Character Training Institute.