Character

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All I can do is be me. Whoever that is.
When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it - don't back down and don't give up - then you're going to mystify a lot of folks.
I'm not hard I'm frightfully soft. But I will not be hounded.

Daily Mail (London) (1972)
I've got a virtually limitless supply of bullshit.

Interview, Playboy (1978)
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.

Presidential inaugural speech (January 20, 1961)
Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life - all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.
Do not make riches, but usefulness, your first aim; and let your chief pride be that your daily occupation is in the line of progress and development; that your work, in whatever capacity it maybe, is useful work, honestly conducted, and as such ennobling to your life.

'From Oakland: How to Succeed in Life,' The Pittsburgh Bulletin (1903)
Any excuse, no matter how valid, only weakens the character.
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