Best Quotes about Character
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
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;
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
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
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
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.
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
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!.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. Be kind.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
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.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
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.
A man's character is his fate.
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.
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
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
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
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
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.
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
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.
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