Best Quotes about Character
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
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.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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.
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
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.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
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.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
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
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
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.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character
Covey, Stephen R.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
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.
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
Covey, Stephen R.
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.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Character is victory organized.
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
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 is simply habit long continued.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
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.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
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.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
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