Best Quotes about Character
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
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
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.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
Covey, Stephen R.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
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.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
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.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
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.
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
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
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.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
A man's character is his fate.
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!.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
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
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
A rich man has no need of character.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
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.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
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.
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
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.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
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.
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.
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