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.
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.
A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
Beecher, Henry Ward
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.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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
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.
During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.
Baruch, Bernard M.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
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
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
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
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?
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
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.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be.
Forster, Edward M.
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose.
Bulger, William M.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
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
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
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.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
My father told me that if you saw a man in a Rolls Royce you could be sure he was not a gentleman unless he was the chauffeur.
Arran, Earl of
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
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.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
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
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
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
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
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
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.
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