Best Quotes about Character
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.
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.
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
For character too is a process and an unfolding... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how -- the very best I can. And I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
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
Few persons are made of such strong fiber that they will make a costly outlay when surface work will pass as well in the market.
Bounds, E. M.
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.
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, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
A rich man has no need of character.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
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 is a victory, not a gift.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
Character development is the aim of education.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
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.
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.
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
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow and the force of it depends on the strength of the arm from which it was shot. Argument is like a bullet fired from a gun and has equal force even when issued from a child.
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Sivananda, Sri Swami
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.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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
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!.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
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.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
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.
An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards, himself his own dungeon.
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