The Road to Character

by David Brooks
Life Philosophy Ethics Morality Reading


Two opposing sides of our natures:


Rougly rephrased takeways from the last chapter of the book:

  1. We don’t live for happiness, we live for holiness
  1. The above proposition defines the goal of live
  1. In the struggle against your own weakness, humility is the greatest virtue
  1. Pride is the central vice
  1. Once the necessities for survival are satisfied, the struggle against sin and for virtue is the central drama of live
  1. Character is built in the course of your inner confrontation
  1. The things that lead us astray are short term - lust, feat, vanity, gluttony
  2. The things the compose character are long term - courage, honesty, humility
  3. No person can achieve self-mastery on their own
  4. Defeating wekness often means quieting the self
  1. Wisdom emerges out of a collection of intellectual virtues
  1. No good life is possible unless it is organized around a vocation
  1. Maturity is achieved by being better than you used to be, it is not comparative


Title: The Road to Character
Author: David Brooks ISBN10: 0-8129-9325-X
ISBN13: 978-0-8129-9325-7