Best Quotes about Character
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
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.
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.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
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
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble
Spurgeon, Charles Haddon
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
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.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
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.
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.
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
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
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.
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?
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
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.
A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
Beecher, Henry Ward
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
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.
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
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
They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
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 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.
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
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
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