Best Quotes about Character
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
He that has light within his own clear breast may sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
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.
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
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.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
Macaulay, Thomas B.
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
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
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
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.
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
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
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.
A rich man has no need of character.
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
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.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
Character is simply habit long continued.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
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
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.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
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.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
You must look into people, as well as at them.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Character is our destiny.
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.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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