Best Quotes about Character
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
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.
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
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
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.
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
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
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
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
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.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
Integrity has no need of rules.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
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.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
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.
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
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
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.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
Lowell, James Russell
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
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.
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