Best Quotes about Character
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
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
Character matters; leadership descends from 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.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
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.
Strong feelings do not necessarily make a strong character. The strength of a man is to be measured by the power of the feelings he subdues not by the power of those which subdue him.
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.
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
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.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
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
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.
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.
Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
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
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
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