Best Quotes about Character
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
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
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. Be kind.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
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.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe 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.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
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.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
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 simply habit long continued.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
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
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
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
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.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
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
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
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.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
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
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
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.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
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
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
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