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Character
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.

- Plutarch
It is not sufficient to have a grasp of what one should say, but one must also say these things in the way that one should, and this makes a great contribution to the character that the speech projects.

- Aristotle
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.

- Seneca
J is a consonant in English, but some nations use it as a vowel -- than which nothing could be more absurd. Its original form, which has been but slightly modified, was that of the tail of a subdued dog, and it was not a letter but a character, standing for a Latin verb, _jacere_, "to throw," because when a stone is thrown at a dog the dog's tail assumes that shape. This is the origin of the letter, as expounded by the renowned Dr. Jocolpus Bumer, of the University of Belgrade, who established his conclusions on the subject in a work of three quarto volumes and committed suicide on being reminded that the j in the Roman alphabet had originally no curl.

- Ambrose Bierce
There's a rule in acting called, "Don't play the result." If you have a character who's going to end up in a certain place, don't play that until you get there. Play each scene and each beat as it comes. And that's what you do in life: You don't play the result.

- Michael J. Fox
The most difficult character in comedy is that of a fool, and he must be no simpleton who plays the part.

- Miguel de Cervantes
What we need in appointive positions are men of knowledge and experience with sufficient character to resist temptations.

- Coolidge, Calvin
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

- Wooden, John
The overman...Who has organized the chaos of his passions, given style to his character, and become creative. Aware of life's terrors, he affirms life without resentment.

- Friedrich Nietzsche
The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.

- Cervantes, Miguel De
To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.

- Aristotle
Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.

- Holmes, Oliver Wendell
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.

- Abigail van Buren
To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man's character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours.

- Twain, Mark
Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.

- J. C. Watts
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.

- Stendhal, Henri B.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.

- Thomas, John M.
Any discussion of the problems of being funny in America will not make sense unless we substitute the word wit for humor. Humor inspires sympathetic good-natured laughter and is favored by the healing-power gang. Wit goes for the jugular, not the jocular, and it's the opposite of football; instead of building character, it tears it down.

- King, Florence
Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.

- Elbert Hubbard
The peril of every fine faculty is the delight of playing with it for pride. Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character, and the greater it grows, the more is the mischief. Talent is mistaken for genius, a dogma or system for truth, ambition for greatest, ingenuity for poetry, sensuality for art.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson



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