Best Quotes about Character
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
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.
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
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
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 the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
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.
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.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
Integrity has no need of rules.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
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
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
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.
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
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.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
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.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
Character is our destiny.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
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