Best Quotes about Character
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
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.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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 simply habit long continued.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
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.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
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.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
W. Somerset Maugham
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
Character is our destiny.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Few persons are made of such strong fiber that they will make a costly outlay when surface work will pass as well in the market.
Bounds, E. M.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Character is victory organized.
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.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
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.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
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.
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
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
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
Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow and the force of it depends on the strength of the arm from which it was shot. Argument is like a bullet fired from a gun and has equal force even when issued from a child.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
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