Best Quotes about Character
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
Lowell, James Russell
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
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.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
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.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
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
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
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.
Character is our destiny.
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.
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.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
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 character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.
Strindberg, J. August
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
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.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.
Dyke, Henry Van
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
Character is victory organized.
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