QUOTE: Character is not only doing the right thing when no one is looking, it’s doing the right thing when everyone is looking. It’s being willing to do the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay.-Michael Josephson

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  1. Could I add… willing to do the right thing when everyone is looking, without the desire to gain attention, praise, or self promotion. In todays world are not more people in it for self? How do we place self aside for the greater good… even when that does cost more than you are willing to pay.
    Thanks Michael

  2. It seems to me that Mr. Josephson may have misquoted J.C. Watts: “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking…” or Dennis Janson: “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.”
    Maintaining those virtues when no one is looking is the true measure of a person’s character, integrity, etc., not doing it when everyone IS looking; that’s too easy.

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      Actually, I was creating my own amalgamation and twist on several well known quotes. The quote attributed to JC Watts has been around before him but no one is sure who originated it. Thanks for your vigilance.

  3. I know this is old, but I’m fairly sure it was originally about integrity, and the quote was from CS Lewis. I do like your addition though, it’s so true that often times we’re pressured by the watchful eyes of our peers to live up to a standard set by them, rather than by what’s right. Excellent!

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