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.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
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
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Let us not say, every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, every man is the architect of his own character.
Boardman, George D.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
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.
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
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character
Covey, Stephen R.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
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.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
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
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
Character is victory organized.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
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.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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!.
A man's character is his fate.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
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.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
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
Character matters; leadership descends from 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.
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.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
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