Best Quotes about Character
Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
Lowell, James Russell
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.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
Character is simply habit long continued.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow and the force of it depends on the strength of the arm from which it was shot. Argument is like a bullet fired from a gun and has equal force even when issued from a child.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
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
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
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.
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.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
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
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
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
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.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
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 higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
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
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
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