Best Quotes about Character
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
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.
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.
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.
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
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
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
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
A rich man has no need of character.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
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
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
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.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
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?
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 higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Character is simply habit long continued.
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.
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.
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.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
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.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
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
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
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
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
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