Best Quotes about 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.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
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.
Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou
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
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
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
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
Integrity has no need of rules.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
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
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.
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.
You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
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.
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.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
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.
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 simply habit long continued.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
Macaulay, Thomas B.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
I have often thought the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it comes upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: This is the real me!.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
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