Best Quotes about Character
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
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
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.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
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.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
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.
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.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
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.
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.
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
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?
You must look into people, as well as at them.
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
No artist work is so high, so noble, so grand, so enduring, so important for all time, as the making of character in a child.
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders
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.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
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.
They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
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.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
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
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
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