Best Quotes about Character
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
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
What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.
Dyke, Henry Van
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
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
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?
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
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;
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. Be kind.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Integrity has no need of rules.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
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.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
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
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 contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
A rich man has no need of character.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
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 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.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
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