Best Quotes about Character
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
A man's character is his fate.
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.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
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.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
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
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
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
Good character is like a rubber ball -- thrown down hard -- it bounces right back. Good reputation is like a crystal ball -- thrown for gain -- shattered and cracked.
Linall Jr. A. L.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
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.
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
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
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.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
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.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be.
Forster, Edward M.
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.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
Look, we're all the same; a man is a fourteen-room house --in the bedroom he's asleep with his intelligent wife, in the living-room he's rolling around with some bareass girl, in the library he's paying his taxes, in the yard he's raising tomatoes, and in the cellar he's making a bomb to blow it all up.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
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
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