In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honour, command, power, and glory.
Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.
If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly.
When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.