Joking in speech is like salt in food; if it is lacking or more than necessary, then it is disliked/reprehensible.
The example of the believer is like the pearl; wherever it is [found], its beauty is with it (i.e. wherever he may be, his beautiful characteristics accompany him).
Abul-Qaasim was of sound ‘aqeedah, good character, and minimal speech; [in fact] there was no-one of his time comparable to him.
Ahmad ibn Hanbal was extremely shy and modest, and of distinguished character, and liked [being] overly generous.
Praiseworthy characteristics are from beautiful actions, and good speech is [from] the characteristics of the people of faith.
The best perfume in this life is your [good] character; its fragrance remains [even] after your death.