Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike. Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, and naturalist, who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He also served as the 25th Vice President of the United States from March to September 1901 and as the 33rd Governor of New Yorkfrom 1899 to 1900. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore, alongside those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny. Tryon Edwards
From Wikipedia: Tryon Edwards (1809–1894) was an American theologian, best known for compiling A Dictionary of Thoughts, a book of quotations. He published the works of Jonathan Edwards (the younger) in 1842. He was minister of the Second Congregational Church in New London, Connecticut, from 1845-1857, after having served in Rochester, New York.
From my brief search he is portrayed as stern type of figure in this portrait. But who knows maybe that was just the artists interpretation.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think is laughable.- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
Again a person who I knew nothing about but truly enjoyed the quote. Here again is a very little research. German poet, playwright, lawyer, novelist, conducted mineralogical studies and lectured about human anatomy is best known for his two-part poetic drama Faust, (1808-1832) which he started around the age of twenty three and didn’t finish till shortly before his death sixty years later. He is considered one of the greatest contributors of the German Romantic period.