Best Quotes about Character
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
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.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards, himself his own dungeon.
You can buy a person's time; you can buy their physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of their skilled muscular motions per hour. But you can not buy enthusiasm... you can not buy loyalty. You can not buy the devotion of hearts, minds, or souls. You must earn these.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose.
Bulger, William M.
It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
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
The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. Be kind.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow and the force of it depends on the strength of the arm from which it was shot. Argument is like a bullet fired from a gun and has equal force even when issued from a child.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character is simply habit long continued.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
King Jr. Martin Luther
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
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?
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.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
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
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
Covey, Stephen R.
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