Best Quotes about Character
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;
A man's character is his fate.
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.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
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.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
I have often thought the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it comes upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: This is the real me!.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Integrity has no need of rules.
Strong feelings do not necessarily make a strong character. The strength of a man is to be measured by the power of the feelings he subdues not by the power of those which subdue him.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
You can buy a person's time; you can buy their physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of their skilled muscular motions per hour. But you can not buy enthusiasm... you can not buy loyalty. You can not buy the devotion of hearts, minds, or souls. You must earn these.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
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.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
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
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
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
Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
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.
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.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
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
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