Best Quotes about Character
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
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
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
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.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
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.
Character is our destiny.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
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.
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.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
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.
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.
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.
Character development is the aim of education.
Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
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.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
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
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity.
Smith, Roy L.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
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.
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 builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
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