Best Quotes about Character
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
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
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.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
Character is a victory, not a gift.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.
Plautus, Titus Maccius
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
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.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
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
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
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.
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.
Integrity has no need of rules.
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
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
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.
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
A rich man has no need of character.
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Sivananda, Sri Swami
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
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