Quote about growing into a person of good character - 'It's the sum of our small everyday choices that defines who we are

"It’s the sum of our small, everyday choices, that defines who we are."

-- Truth Be Told Quotes

Most of life is a series of little choices that add up to define the type of person you are. In a given moment, should you be honest or bend the truth? Throw shade or be respectful? Blow off your responsibilities or do what you say you’ll do?

The moments that define who you are usually aren’t all that glamorous. You don’t have to solve world hunger to make a worthy contribution (though it’d be cool if you did.) It’s enough to make tons of small choices that add up to being a good person.

Teaching Resources

Quote about Growing Up with Good Character

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This quote about being someone of good character helps teens see that anyone can choose to be a good person. It’s all the small choices and acts that demonstrate good traits that make someone a person of good character. Most good people aren’t famous. Yet most good people make positive impacts on the lives of those around them. From a parent who raises a good kid, to a small-town hero who does something inspiringly selfless, there are people being a force of good everywhere.

High School Health Class / Social Emotional Development topics:

Curriculum Topics

  • Healthy decision making and taking personal responsibility, results/consequences
  • Evaluating and reducing risk
  • Recognizing the connection between personal and family health
  • Self awareness
  • Goal setting


  • Many really “good” people, were never famous. You can have a positive impact in big and small ways.
  • Small choices add up to define a person’s character.

Character Traits/Values

  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring

Self-reflection essay / writing prompts and discussion questions

High school health class and social emotional development lessons

Age Group: High school, young adult.

  1. What makes a life well lived? Do you need to have accomplished something big or achieve a certain level of success?
  2. Which character traits make someone a good person? Is character defined by one act or a pattern of behavior? Do you have to be perfect to be a good person?
  3. Who is someone who has been a positive influence on your life?
  4. When is a time you did something that demonstrated a good character trait? How did it feel?

High school health class and social emotional development activities

Good Character Activities:

Age Group: High school, young adult

Everyday Heroes

There are lots of every day heroes who aren't famous but have a big impact on people's lives. Watch this video, The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout, or read one of these stories about everyday heroes from Pass it On.org. What makes someone an everyday hero? What are the traits they demonstrated? How does their story inspire you? (For help: List of good character traits and definitions)

Journaling Page

Download a page with journaling writing prompts on this good character quote. The journaling page can prompts self-awareness or it can be used with the Everyday Heroes activity above.

Quote Mindfulness Coloring Page

Download a printable coloring page for a mindfulness activity with this quote.

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