Best Quotes about Character
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
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
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.
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.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
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.
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Sivananda, Sri Swami
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
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.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
King Jr. Martin Luther
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
You can buy a person's time; you can buy their physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of their skilled muscular motions per hour. But you can not buy enthusiasm... you can not buy loyalty. You can not buy the devotion of hearts, minds, or souls. You must earn these.
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
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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.
A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.
Strindberg, J. August
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
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.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
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?
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
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
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
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