Best Quotes about Character
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?
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
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.
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.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
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.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
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.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
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.
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
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
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.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
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.
We falsely attribute to men a determined character -- putting together all their yesterdays -- and averaging them -- we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support -- it is worse than a large family -- he is the silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
Character is our destiny.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
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.
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character
Covey, Stephen R.
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.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
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