Best Quotes about Character
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
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
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.
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.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
Character is victory organized.
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
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.
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.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
Character is our destiny.
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.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
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.
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
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.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
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.
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.
A man's character is his fate.
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?
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Character is simply habit long continued.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
Macaulay, Thomas B.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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