Best Quotes about Character
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things
That which we call character is a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means. It is conceived of as a certain undemonstrable force, a familiar or genius, by whose impulses the man is guided, but whose counsels he cannot impart.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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.
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
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
A man's character is his fate.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.
They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence
As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.
Cicero, Marcus T.
Strong feelings do not necessarily make a strong character. The strength of a man is to be measured by the power of the feelings he subdues not by the power of those which subdue him.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.
Strindberg, J. August
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Sivananda, Sri Swami
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
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
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.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
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.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
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