Best Quotes about Character
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
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.
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.
He that has light within his own clear breast may sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
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
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
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
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
For character too is a process and an unfolding... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
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 a victory, not a gift.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
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.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
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.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
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
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
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
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
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
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!.
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 the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.
Dyke, Henry Van
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.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
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