Best Quotes about Character
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
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
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
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.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
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
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
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
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
Lowell, James Russell
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.
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
Buren, Abigail Van
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
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.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
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
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.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
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.
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
Character is simply habit long continued.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
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.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Character is our destiny.
He that has light within his own clear breast may sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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