Best Quotes about Character
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.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence
Character is victory organized.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
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
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
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
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!.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
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
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.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A rich man has no need of character.
Character development is the aim of education.
Character is our destiny.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
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.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
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.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
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
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;
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
A man's character is his fate.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
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.
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?
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.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
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.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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