Best Quotes about Character
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose.
Bulger, William M.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
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
For character too is a process and an unfolding... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
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
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.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
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.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
Look, we're all the same; a man is a fourteen-room house --in the bedroom he's asleep with his intelligent wife, in the living-room he's rolling around with some bareass girl, in the library he's paying his taxes, in the yard he's raising tomatoes, and in the cellar he's making a bomb to blow it all up.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
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!.
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
A rich man has no need of character.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
Covey, Stephen R.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
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.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
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;
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
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