Best Quotes about Character
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
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
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
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.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
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;
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.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
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.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
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.
Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
Lowell, James Russell
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
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.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
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
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
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
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.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Let us not say, every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, every man is the architect of his own character.
Boardman, George D.
A rich man has no need of character.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
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