Best Quotes about Character
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.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
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.
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.
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.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
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.
Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
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
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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.
Character is simply habit long continued.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
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;
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.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
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.
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.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
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.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
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 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.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
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.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
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