Best Quotes about Character
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.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
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
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
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.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
Gaulle, Charles De
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;
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
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?
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Character is our destiny.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
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
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.
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
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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.
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.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
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
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.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
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.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
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