Best Quotes about Character
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
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.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
A man's character is his fate.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
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
Character is a victory, not a gift.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
Amiel, Henri Frederic
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
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;
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
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
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
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.
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
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
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!.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
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.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
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