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.
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
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
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
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
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.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
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
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
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!.
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 real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
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.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
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.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
Strong feelings do not necessarily make a strong character. The strength of a man is to be measured by the power of the feelings he subdues not by the power of those which subdue him.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards, himself his own dungeon.
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.
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.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
Character is victory organized.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
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
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.
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
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
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
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