Best Quotes about Character
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.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
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
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
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;
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
Gaulle, Charles De
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
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 like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
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
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
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.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
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.
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.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
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
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.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
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
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
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 you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
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