Best Quotes about Character
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is 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.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
A rich man has no need of character.
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
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 our destiny.
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.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
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
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.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
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.
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
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
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.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
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.
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.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
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.
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.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
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
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
That which we call character is a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means. It is conceived of as a certain undemonstrable force, a familiar or genius, by whose impulses the man is guided, but whose counsels he cannot impart.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
Look, we're all the same; a man is a fourteen-room house --in the bedroom he's asleep with his intelligent wife, in the living-room he's rolling around with some bareass girl, in the library he's paying his taxes, in the yard he's raising tomatoes, and in the cellar he's making a bomb to blow it all up.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
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