Best Quotes about Character
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
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.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
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
Integrity has no need of rules.
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.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
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
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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.
Look, we're all the same; a man is a fourteen-room house --in the bedroom he's asleep with his intelligent wife, in the living-room he's rolling around with some bareass girl, in the library he's paying his taxes, in the yard he's raising tomatoes, and in the cellar he's making a bomb to blow it all up.
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
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 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
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
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 like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
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
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
You can buy a person's time; you can buy their physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of their skilled muscular motions per hour. But you can not buy enthusiasm... you can not buy loyalty. You can not buy the devotion of hearts, minds, or souls. You must earn these.
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 man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
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.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
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
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
Character development is the aim of education.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
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