The thing that really matters in the life of a nation is the quality of its leaders, the character of those who guide its destinies. Young men may not realize that enthusiasm alone is not enough, that character always does and always will count, that he who fits himself for greatness will see whole kingdoms delivered into his hands. Inspiration brings fortune in its train and inspired teachers will always rise.
-- Notebooks Category 13: Human Experience > Chapter 2: Living in The World > # 504
-- Perspectives > Chapter 13: Human Experience > # 36