Best Quotes about Character
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Strong feelings do not necessarily make a strong character. The strength of a man is to be measured by the power of the feelings he subdues not by the power of those which subdue him.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.
Baruch, Bernard M.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards, himself his own dungeon.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
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.
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
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 another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
A man's character is his fate.
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.
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
You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
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
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
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.
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.
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.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
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
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
Buren, Abigail Van
Character is victory organized.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
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.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
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