Best Quotes about Character
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.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
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;
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
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
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
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.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.
Strindberg, J. August
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Character is victory organized.
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?
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
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
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.
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.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
You can buy a person's time; you can buy their physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of their skilled muscular motions per hour. But you can not buy enthusiasm... you can not buy loyalty. You can not buy the devotion of hearts, minds, or souls. You must earn these.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
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.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
A man's character is his fate.
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble
Spurgeon, Charles Haddon
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
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.
Integrity has no need of rules.
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