Best Quotes about Character
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
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.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
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.
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
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
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!.
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.
No artist work is so high, so noble, so grand, so enduring, so important for all time, as the making of character in a child.
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders
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 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.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
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 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.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
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.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is 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.
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
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
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
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
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
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.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
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.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
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