Best Quotes about Character
Few persons are made of such strong fiber that they will make a costly outlay when surface work will pass as well in the market.
Bounds, E. M.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.
Dyke, Henry Van
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
For character too is a process and an unfolding... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble
Spurgeon, Charles Haddon
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
W. Somerset Maugham
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
Macaulay, Thomas B.
Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.
The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.
Plautus, Titus Maccius
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
I have often thought the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it comes upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: This is the real me!.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
Character is simply habit long continued.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
No artist work is so high, so noble, so grand, so enduring, so important for all time, as the making of character in a child.
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders
Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity.
Smith, Roy L.
A man's character is his fate.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
Character is our destiny.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.
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