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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
Character Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Character

1.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.

2.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
Disraeli, Benjamin

3.
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.
Pandita, Saskya

4.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Leneru, Marie

5.
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell

6.
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.
James, William

7.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Robbins, Anthony

8.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
Gill, Vince

9.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln

10.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Estrange, L.

11.
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

12.
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?
Eliot, George

13.
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.

14.
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.

15.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
Drummond, Henry

16.
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

17.
Character is a victory, not a gift.

18.
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.
Trotsky, Leon

19.
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.
Maurois, Andre

20.
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

21.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.

22.
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

23.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David

24.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Hermann Hesse

25.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Baldwin, Faith

26.
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Sivananda, Sri Swami

27.
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.
Confucius

28.
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.
Richard Greenberg

29.
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.
Lebowitz, Fran

30.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
Bisset, Jacqueline

31.
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
Confucius

32.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
Hume, David

33.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul

34.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude

35.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Lippmann, Walter

36.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
Hay, Colin

37.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
Menander

38.
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
Akhenaton

39.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.

40.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
Montale, Eugenio

41.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

42.
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

43.
Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow and the force of it depends on the strength of the arm from which it was shot. Argument is like a bullet fired from a gun and has equal force even when issued from a child.

44.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)

45.
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.
Francis, Clarence

46.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Thurber, James

47.
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.

48.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Frankfurter, Felix

49.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
Schopenhauer, Arthur

50.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Taylor, Bayard


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