Best Quotes about Character
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Character development is the aim of education.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
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.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
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
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.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
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.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity.
Smith, Roy L.
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how -- the very best I can. And I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
A man's character is his fate.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
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
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
A rich man has no need of character.
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.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
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
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
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
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
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.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
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
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
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