Best Quotes about Character
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
Gaulle, Charles De
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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?
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.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
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.
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.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
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.
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.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
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.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards, himself his own dungeon.
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!.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of 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 development is the aim of education.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
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.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
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
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
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