Best Quotes about Character
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
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.
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
Character is simply habit long continued.
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
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.
A rich man has no need of character.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
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 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.
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.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
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 our destiny.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that 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
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.
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!.
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.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
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
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
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
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Sivananda, Sri Swami
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.
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.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
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