Reputation is what you are supposed to be; Character is what you are. (William Hershey Davis, late pediatric physician)
Davis goes on to say, “Reputation is made in a moment; Character is built in a lifetime.” So, character is no simple thing. If it is to be what we will be known by, we should pay close attention
to how we build it and realize that it often is developed through hard times.
Suffering produces perseverance [and] perseverance, character. (Romans 5: 4, 5)