Best Quotes about Character
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
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
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
A rich man has no need of character.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
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.
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.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
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.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
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.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
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.
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.
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.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Character is victory organized.
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.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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.
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
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.
Cicero, Marcus T.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
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.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
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
Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.
Character is our destiny.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
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.
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
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