Best Quotes about Character
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
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
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
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
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
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.
They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
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
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
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
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.
Dyke, Henry Van
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
My father told me that if you saw a man in a Rolls Royce you could be sure he was not a gentleman unless he was the chauffeur.
Arran, Earl of
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.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Character is victory organized.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
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