Pacific Swimming
Level 4
Excellence 300

Putting Character First


"Integrity has no need of rules." Albert Camus

"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end."  Le guin

“Character is doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.”  J.C. Watts

“The whole is the sum of the parts, so be a good part.”  Nate McConnell

“My life is my message.”  Gandhi

“A person with passion is better than forty who are merely interested.”Tom Connellan

“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.”  Marcus Antonius

“The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, The realist adjusts the sails.” William Ward

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.”  Bruce Barton

“How exciting are your dreams? Most people don’t aim high and miss – the aim low and hit.”  Bob Moawad

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know; the ones among you who will truly be happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” Albert Schweitzer

“When he took the time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself.”

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."  -Abraham Lincoln

"Never wrestle with a pig. You'll both get muddy, but the pig will enjoy it."  Scott Adams 

"This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside yourself"?  Orison Swett Marden 

"The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has." Confucius 

"They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience."  Joseph Conrad

"A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only one." 

"Every snowflake in an avalanche pleads 'not guilty." 

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."  Douglas Adams

“Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen."  Robert Heinlein

There was a little boy in a village who lived next door to a zen master. When the little boy turned 14, his father gave him a pony. All the neighbors were delighted and said "how very wonderful". However, when the zen master heard the news all he said was "well, lets see..." Two years later the boy was riding his pony and somehow fell from it and broke his leg. The neighbors all came together and said "how very terrible". The zen master saw this and all he said was "well, let’s see..." A year later a war was declared and all the able bodied boys were sent off to the front. The boy was spared as he was a cripple. The neighbors were happy for him and said "how very fortunate..." The zen master saw this too and said "well, lets see...." 

"Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, ”You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky." Hafiz of Shiraz 

"If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't."  Lyall Watson