|"Character is that which can do without success."
||[Jun. 7th, 2006|12:12 am]
Supreme Master Chief Road WarriorPoet Taffin, M.D.
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"Character is that which can do without success." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
I read this quote and asked myself if that meant I had character or lacked it. I've often said that I need to see some results, experience some success in any given venture to keep going. The term "instant gratification" comes up, but I find it kind of offensive, preferring to call myself "results-based."
I guess you could say I have some character because I have in some small way endured. I haven't completely given up (as much as I'd like to) and I'm not dead. Maybe life is doling out just enough success to keep me invested.
I think I've talked myself out of liking this quote. It almost equates character with irrational faith, something I don't care for in any form.