Best Quotes about Character
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
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.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
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.
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.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
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.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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 seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Integrity has no need of rules.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
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.
My father told me that if you saw a man in a Rolls Royce you could be sure he was not a gentleman unless he was the chauffeur.
Arran, Earl of
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
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
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.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
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.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your 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.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards, himself his own dungeon.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
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.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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