Best Quotes about Character
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
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.
If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my 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
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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
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.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
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.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
A rich man has no need of character.
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.
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.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
Covey, Stephen R.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
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
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
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.
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
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose.
Bulger, William M.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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
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.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
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