Best Quotes about Character
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
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 is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
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.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
A man's character is his fate.
Character is our destiny.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
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.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
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.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
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!.
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.
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.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
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
Character development is the aim of education.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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
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.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
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.
Integrity has no need of rules.
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.
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