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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;
- Milton, John
Character Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Character

1.
Character is a victory, not a gift.

2.
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

3.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Reagan, Ronald

4.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Lincoln, Abraham

5.
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

6.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
Crisp, Quentin

7.
Character is our destiny.
Heraclitus

8.
Let us not say, every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, every man is the architect of his own character.
Boardman, George D.

9.
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

10.
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.

11.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon

12.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.

13.
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.

14.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Hall, Manly

15.
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

16.
No artist work is so high, so noble, so grand, so enduring, so important for all time, as the making of character in a child.
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders

17.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Petrarch, Francesco

18.
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

19.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
Freeman, Robert

20.
That which we call character is a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means. It is conceived of as a certain undemonstrable force, a familiar or genius, by whose impulses the man is guided, but whose counsels he cannot impart.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

21.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Jefferson, Thomas

22.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline

23.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
Chesterfield, Lord

24.
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!.
James, William

25.
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.
Trotsky, Leon

26.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
Montale, Eugenio

27.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.

28.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
Landers, Ann

29.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

30.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua

31.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
Guideposts

32.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
Horace

33.
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

34.
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.
Francis, Clarence

35.
It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
Amiel, Henri Frederic

36.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Shakespeare, William

37.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Hill, Napoleon

38.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Lippmann, Walter

39.
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
Howell, Harry

40.
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;
Milton, John

41.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
Proverb, Chinese

42.
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.
Confucius

43.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus

44.
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.

45.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Baldwin, Faith

46.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas

47.
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

48.
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.

49.
Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

50.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Hermann Hesse


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