Best Quotes about Character
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
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
Character is our destiny.
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.
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.
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.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
We falsely attribute to men a determined character -- putting together all their yesterdays -- and averaging them -- we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support -- it is worse than a large family -- he is the silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
A rich man has no need of character.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be.
Forster, Edward M.
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
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
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.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
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.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
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
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
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!.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
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.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character is a victory, not a gift.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
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
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
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.
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.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
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
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
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