Best Quotes about Character
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
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.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
A rich man has no need of character.
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.
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
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.
Plautus, Titus Maccius
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.
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.
Character is our destiny.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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
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?
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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.
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.
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Sivananda, Sri Swami
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;
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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 never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
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.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
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