Best Quotes about Character
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
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.
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.
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.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
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.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
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!.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
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.
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.
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.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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's character is his fate.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
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 not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
Amiel, Henri Frederic
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.
Dyke, Henry Van
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be.
Forster, Edward M.
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
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 is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
Gaulle, Charles De
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
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