Best Quotes about Character
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
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
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
Let us not say, every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, every man is the architect of his own character.
Boardman, George D.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
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.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
My father told me that if you saw a man in a Rolls Royce you could be sure he was not a gentleman unless he was the chauffeur.
Arran, Earl of
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
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.
Integrity has no need of rules.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
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.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
Amiel, Henri Frederic
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
Beecher, Henry Ward
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
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.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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