Best Quotes about Character
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
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;
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.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
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.
Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
A man's character is his fate.
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.
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.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
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.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
Character is simply habit long continued.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
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
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
I have often thought the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it comes upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: This is the real me!.
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
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. 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
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
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
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.
A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
Beecher, Henry Ward
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
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
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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