Best Quotes about Character
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
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.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.
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.
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.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
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
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Character is victory organized.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
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.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
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
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life.
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.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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 like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
Covey, Stephen R.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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 the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
Character development is the aim of education.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
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.
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
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.
It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
Amiel, Henri Frederic
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
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.
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.
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