Best Quotes about Character
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
A man's character is his fate.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
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
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
Character is simply habit long continued.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
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.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
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.
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.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
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.
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
Character development is the aim of education.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
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
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
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
No artist work is so high, so noble, so grand, so enduring, so important for all time, as the making of character in a child.
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
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.
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.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
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.
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