Best Quotes about Character
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
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.
I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be.
Forster, Edward M.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
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
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
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.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
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.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
Character is our destiny.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
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
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
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.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
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.
Character is victory organized.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
Gaulle, Charles De
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
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
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.
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
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
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.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
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.
Buren, Abigail Van
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
King Jr. Martin Luther
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
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