Best Quotes about 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.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
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.
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
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
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
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
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
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
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
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 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.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
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
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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.
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.
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
Character is our destiny.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
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.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
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.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
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
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
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.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.
Baruch, Bernard M.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
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