Best Quotes about 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.
A rich man has no need of character.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
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.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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
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!.
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.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
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.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
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
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.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
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.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
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
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
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
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
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
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
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 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.
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.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
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
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
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
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.
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
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Character is our destiny.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
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