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!.
Best Quotes about Character
Character is simply habit long continued.
A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.
Strindberg, J. August
You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
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.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
W. Somerset Maugham
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
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.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Sivananda, Sri Swami
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character
Covey, Stephen R.
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.
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.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
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.
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.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
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.
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
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
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
Let us not say, every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, every man is the architect of his own character.
Boardman, George D.
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.
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble
Spurgeon, Charles Haddon
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
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
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
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
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.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his 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;
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
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