Best Quotes about Character
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
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.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
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 another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
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
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
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.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
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.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
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
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
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.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
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 must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
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
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.
Baruch, Bernard M.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.
Plautus, Titus Maccius
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
You must look into people, as well as at them.
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.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
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.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
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.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
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