Best Quotes about Character
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
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
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
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
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
A man's character is his fate.
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
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
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.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
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.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
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
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
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.
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.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
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
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
That which we call character is a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means. It is conceived of as a certain undemonstrable force, a familiar or genius, by whose impulses the man is guided, but whose counsels he cannot impart.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
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.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
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
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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