Best Quotes about Character
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
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.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
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
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
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.
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
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
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.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
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
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;
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
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.
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?
Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.
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
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
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
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
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