Daily Quotes


Select the quote of the day that you would like to share with the students.

“What constitutes a successful man?  He must possess these qualifications: honesty, ability, initiative, enthusiasm, tact and sincerity.”

-- Russell F. Greiner (RI president 1913-14)

“There is no growth unaccompanied by growing pains... Peace is a universal fact      which can only be realized in the fullness of the days... The ultimate achievement of spirit will be at the end of a      long and painful process.”

-- E. Leslie Pidgeon (RI President 1917-18)

“There is nothing intangible about Rotary: It is reality itself.  To give is to receive; to lose oneself; to be happy is to serve, These are old truths...for the individual...and the mass, whether application be in the exchange of goods, toil, knowledge, or love.”

-- Dr. Crawford C. McCullough (RI President 1921-22)

“The greatest thing one finds in one’s travels, the soul-satisfying thing, is that [people] in their native countries all weep with the same spirit, the same feeling, the same happiness and contentment.”

--Everett W. Hill (RI President 1924-25)


“Without goodwill no system can succeed; with it even an imperfect one can scarcely fail.”

-- John Nelson (RI President 1933-34)

“The first thing we must do if we are to have international understanding is to realize what is prejudice and what is fact.”

-- Will R. Manier Jr. (RI President 1936-37)

“Rotary believes that the citizen who best serves his country is the one who wishes to know the truth about his neighbors, and who desires to replace hatred between nations with friendship.”

-- George C. Hager (RI President 1938-39)

“Just as Rotary itself can never keep its place unless it is constantly growing, so each individual Rotary club cannot afford to stand still while the stream of life moves onward.”

-- Armando De Arruda Pereira (RI President 1940-41)

“If we train our youth properly, we need not have any fear so to the future of the world.”

-- Percy Hodgson (RI President 1949-50)

“Rotary is a fellowship of noblemen; not a hereditary but a nobility that must be earned and re-earned.  Nobility is measured by its obligations, not by its rights and privilege...”

-- Frank E. Spain (RI President 1951-52)

“Excellence is nota singular act, but a habit.  You are what you repeatedly do.”

-- Shaquille O’Neal


“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

-- Dr. Seuss

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

-- Maya Angelou

“You can easily judge the character of the man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”

-- James D. Miles

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”

-- Dale Carnegie

“The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.”

-- John W. Holt, Jr.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

-- John Wooden

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

-- Abraham Lincoln

“A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.”

-- Mark Twain

“When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see      persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”

-- Confucius


“You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.”

-- Abraham Lincoln

“No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.”

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.”

-- Billy Graham

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”

-- Zig Ziglar

“Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by  the thoughts.”

-- Marcus Aurelius

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

-- Norman Vincent Peale

“Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.”

-- Napoleon Hill

“If we take the route of the permanent handout,  the American character will itself      be impoverished.”

-- Richard M. Nixon

“If a man’s character is to be abused there’s nobody like a relative to do the business.”

-- Alexander Pope


“Character, not circumstances, makes the man.”

-- Booker T. Washington