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
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
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.
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
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
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
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
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.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
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.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
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.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
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 is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
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;
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
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
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
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
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
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