Best Quotes about 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
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
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.
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
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.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
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;
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
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
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
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.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
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.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
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.
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Sivananda, Sri Swami
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life.
A man's character is his fate.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
Covey, Stephen R.
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.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Look, we're all the same; a man is a fourteen-room house --in the bedroom he's asleep with his intelligent wife, in the living-room he's rolling around with some bareass girl, in the library he's paying his taxes, in the yard he's raising tomatoes, and in the cellar he's making a bomb to blow it all up.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
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
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