Best Quotes about Character
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
That which we call character is a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means. It is conceived of as a certain undemonstrable force, a familiar or genius, by whose impulses the man is guided, but whose counsels he cannot impart.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
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
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
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 builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
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
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
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.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
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
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Character is simply habit long continued.
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.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
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
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
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
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.
Plautus, Titus Maccius
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
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
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