Best Quotes about Character
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
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
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.
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.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
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
Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
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.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
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.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
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
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
You can buy a person's time; you can buy their physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of their skilled muscular motions per hour. But you can not buy enthusiasm... you can not buy loyalty. You can not buy the devotion of hearts, minds, or souls. You must earn these.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
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
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
A rich man has no need of character.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
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.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Integrity has no need of rules.
Character is simply habit long continued.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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
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