Best Quotes about Character
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
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.
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
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.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
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.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
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.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
Lowell, James Russell
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
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.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
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.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
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.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
Character development is the aim of education.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
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
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Character is our destiny.
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Sivananda, Sri Swami
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
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
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
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
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
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
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
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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