Best Quotes about Character
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
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
Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Good character is like a rubber ball -- thrown down hard -- it bounces right back. Good reputation is like a crystal ball -- thrown for gain -- shattered and cracked.
Linall Jr. A. L.
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
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.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
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 in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
A man's character is his fate.
Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow and the force of it depends on the strength of the arm from which it was shot. Argument is like a bullet fired from a gun and has equal force even when issued from a child.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
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?
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.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
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.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
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
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 empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
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
No artist work is so high, so noble, so grand, so enduring, so important for all time, as the making of character in a child.
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders
If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
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