Best Quotes about Character
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
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;
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
We falsely attribute to men a determined character -- putting together all their yesterdays -- and averaging them -- we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support -- it is worse than a large family -- he is the silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
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.
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how -- the very best I can. And I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
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 simply habit long continued.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
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
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.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
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.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
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.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
A rich man has no need of character.
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.
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
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.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
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.
Integrity has no need of rules.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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