Best Quotes about Character
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Good character is like a rubber ball -- thrown down hard -- it bounces right back. Good reputation is like a crystal ball -- thrown for gain -- shattered and cracked.
Linall Jr. A. L.
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 like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Integrity has no need of rules.
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
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.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
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.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
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.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
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
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
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.
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
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
Gaulle, Charles De
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
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
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.
A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
Beecher, Henry Ward
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
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.
Let us not say, every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, every man is the architect of his own character.
Boardman, George D.
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.
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.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity.
Smith, Roy L.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
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