Best Quotes about Character
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
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
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
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
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
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.
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.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Integrity has no need of rules.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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 development is the aim of education.
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
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.
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
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
I have often thought the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it comes upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: This is the real me!.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
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.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
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.
Character is victory organized.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
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.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
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