Best Quotes about Character
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.
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
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.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
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
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.
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?
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 you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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.
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!.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
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
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Character development is the aim of education.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.
Cicero, Marcus T.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
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 to man what carbon is to steel.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
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.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
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 higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
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