Best Quotes about Character
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
Amiel, Henri Frederic
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.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Character development is the aim of education.
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.
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.
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.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
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 matters; leadership descends from character.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
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.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
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;
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
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
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
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.
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.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
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.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Character is simply habit long continued.
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.
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
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
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
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.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
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
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
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