Best Quotes about Character
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
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.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
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!.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
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.
Character is our destiny.
Integrity has no need of rules.
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.
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
A man's character is his fate.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
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.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
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.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose.
Bulger, William M.
As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.
Cicero, Marcus T.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how -- the very best I can. And I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
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
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.
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
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
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.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Character is victory organized.
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.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
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