Best Quotes about Character
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
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.
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.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
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 cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
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.
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.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
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.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
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
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
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.
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.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
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
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Character is our destiny.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
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.
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.
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
The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
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;
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Few persons are made of such strong fiber that they will make a costly outlay when surface work will pass as well in the market.
Bounds, E. M.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble
Spurgeon, Charles Haddon
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
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.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
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