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!.
Best Quotes about Character
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble
Spurgeon, Charles Haddon
A man's character is his fate.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
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.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
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.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
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.
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
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
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 all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
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
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
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.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.
Plautus, Titus Maccius
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
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.
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
W. Somerset Maugham
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 a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
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.
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
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
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.
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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