Best Quotes about Character
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
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
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.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
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
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
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
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
A rich man has no need of character.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
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.
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.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
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.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
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
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
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.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
Integrity has no need of rules.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
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
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