“The great hope of society is individual character” – Channing .We live at a time when men and women are more concerned with building their image than forming their character. Today what matters is image, not character. And that unfortunately spells doom for civilization and society. Persons of character are not only the conscience of society, but in every well-governed state they are its best motive power. Developing this theme, Dr Samuel Smiles, the renowned author, points out the main ingredients of a good character and illustrates his points with numerous examples from history, biographies and from personal experience. Parents and teachers and all those who care for the formation of children’s character will find this book a worthwhile investment. It will make an ideal gift lasting a lifetime, and beyond.