Best Quotes about Character
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.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
Character is simply habit long continued.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
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
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
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.
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.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
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.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how -- the very best I can. And I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Character development is the aim of education.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
A man's character is his fate.
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
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose.
Bulger, William M.
As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.
Cicero, Marcus T.
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
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
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
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
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.
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.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
An excellent man, like precious metal, is in every way invariable; A villain, like the beams of a balance, is always varying, upwards and downwards, himself his own dungeon.
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.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
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.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things
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.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
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