For character too is a process and an unfolding... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?
Best Quotes about Character
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
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.
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
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.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be.
Forster, Edward M.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
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!.
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
Gaulle, Charles De
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
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.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
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.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
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
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.
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.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
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
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is 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
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
King Jr. Martin Luther
Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.
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
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
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
A man's character is his fate.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Strong feelings do not necessarily make a strong character. The strength of a man is to be measured by the power of the feelings he subdues not by the power of those which subdue him.
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.
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