Best Quotes about Character
The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
Character is our destiny.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
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
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.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
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.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
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
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
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?
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
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.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
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.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
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
An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards, himself his own dungeon.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
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
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
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.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
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 builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
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.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
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.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
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.
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
W. Somerset Maugham
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
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