From the compassion of Ulysses S. Grant to the heroism of Peter Wang ROTC (Granted posthumous admission to the West Point class of 2015. You’ll have to read the book to find out why.) I was held spellbound and captive as I read of the attributes and accomplishments of some of our country’s greatest heroes.
Between the covers of Character Carved in Stone by Pat Williams, you will find stories of West Point graduates whose lives personified the virtues of that institution. The author then continues with ways to incorporate those some concepts into your own life.
These are my favorite quotes from each of the 12 Virtues:
“Leaders with authentic compassion are strong, courageous, honest, and direct.” p35
“Faith replaces fear with courage.” p51
“Live each day dedicated to the future.” p66
“Determination means making up your mind that you will achieve your goal…expecting roadblocks and obstacles, but prepared to find a way over, around, or straight through them.” p77
“Dignity is a priceless virtue–a virtue that is in danger of extinction in our society.” p92
“Success is the result of discipline, of repeatedly doing the things that lead to excellence.” p104
“A person of integrity is whole and complete–not divided or compartmentalized. A person of integrity will be the same person in public and in private. The inner reality will match the outward reputation.” p123
“Always stand up for your people. Always have their backs. If they are attacked or criticized, defend them… That is what loyalty demands of you.” p137
“Pray for the power to persevere. Never give in. Never give up. Never quit.” p153
“We don’t blame other people. We don’t blame circumstances. We don’t blame God. We accept full responsibility.” p167
“Throughout our nation’s history, generations of Americans have enjoyed freedom and prosperity because American soldiers have selflessly served their country.” p180
“When we trust one another, we can accomplish great things. Without trust, we are defeated before we begin.” p199
Who should read and use Character Carved in Stone? Everyone! Parents, preachers, politicians (especially), grandparents, teachers, teenagers, students, farmers, waiters… Everyone!
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