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
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
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.
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.
He that has light within his own clear breast may sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
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
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
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
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
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.
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
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
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.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
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.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
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.
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
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character
Covey, Stephen R.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
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.
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 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.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
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
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
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.
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