Best Quotes about Character
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.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
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.
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.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
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
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble
Spurgeon, Charles Haddon
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
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.
For character too is a process and an unfolding... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?
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.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
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
A man's character is his fate.
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.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
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
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
A rich man has no need of character.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
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.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
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
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
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.
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