When wealth is lost, nothing is lost,When health is lost, something is lost,When character is lost, all is lost.The man of sterning character is the great builder. He is not only a builder of himself, but according to his opportunities he builds around himself. He builds his environments, he builds his community, he builds his country, and sometimes he helps to build a world.The greatest possession of man is character. He can well afford to lose his wealth, and even his health, because if he has character he can recover them. So few men pay attention to the most essential natural element in good living. If more people had devoted themselves to the development of good character there would have been less misery and less unhappiness in the world.All men who have conquered in every walk and sphere of life, were fellows with good character, that is to say, they were men who found the noblest in themselves, who felt that self-development and self-growth were the greatest expression of a normal existence. Those who have failed to develop the meritorious character have become the stragglers who everybody passes on the wayside.With sterling character you can destroy a world and rebuild it, you can go down into the depths and them rise to the hights, you can meet adversity and laugh at it on the way back to prosperity.
It is only a characterless coward who goes down permanently. The fellow with the sterling worth, with the urge of honesty, of self-confidence, of nobility, sees no defeat, admits of no handicap, nor barriers, he must climb to the surface. Can we not inspire Jamaicans to develop the finest and nobler character that would make them builders, not only of themselves, but to their country? Can we not point them to the deeds of other men who have from obscurity lifted themselves to the highest of human usefulness all through the development of real character?The chance of raising above the level of unfortunate men is for every one who will enable himself by forcing out the good that is in him. What good you have in you, please bring it out. Nature never made you so soul-less, so character-less, as not to have some virtue that can be brought to the surface. Lazy, timid, awkward, character-less Jamaican realize that you have something in you that is worthwhile. Search yourself and find it. It is a noble character that may mean a nobler life to be lives for the blessing of humanity. After reading this, make up your mind to come out of yourself and let the world know you and of you. You can do it.Marcus Garvey.