Best Quotes about Character
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.
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.
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!.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
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
During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.
Baruch, Bernard M.
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
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
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
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.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
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.
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
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
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Character is simply habit long continued.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.
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.
I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. Be kind.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
You can buy a person's time; you can buy their physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of their skilled muscular motions per hour. But you can not buy enthusiasm... you can not buy loyalty. You can not buy the devotion of hearts, minds, or souls. You must earn these.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
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