Best Quotes about Character
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.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
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
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.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
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
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Character is victory organized.
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.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
A man's character is his fate.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character
Covey, Stephen R.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
A rich man has no need of character.
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!.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
For character too is a process and an unfolding... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
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 isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
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
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
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.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
My father told me that if you saw a man in a Rolls Royce you could be sure he was not a gentleman unless he was the chauffeur.
Arran, Earl of
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
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.
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