Best Quotes about Character
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.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
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.
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
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
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.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
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.
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.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity.
Smith, Roy L.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
Macaulay, Thomas B.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our 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.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
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?
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
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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.
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.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character
Covey, Stephen R.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
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
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