Best Quotes about Character
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
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
I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. Be kind.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
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.
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
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.
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
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.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
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.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
Character development is the aim of education.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
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.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
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.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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
Few persons are made of such strong fiber that they will make a costly outlay when surface work will pass as well in the market.
Bounds, E. M.
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
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
W. Somerset Maugham
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
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.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
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.
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.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
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.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
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.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
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