Best Quotes about Character
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.
If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
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.
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
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.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
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.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Character is victory organized.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than 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.
Integrity has no need of rules.
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
It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
Amiel, Henri Frederic
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.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
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
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.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
A man's character is his fate.
A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.
Strindberg, J. August
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
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.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
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.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
W. Somerset Maugham
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
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 have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
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