Best Quotes about Character
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Integrity has no need of rules.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
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 empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
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.
Character is victory organized.
It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
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.
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
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Character is simply habit long continued.
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
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.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
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.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
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.
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
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity.
Smith, Roy L.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
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.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
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.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.
Plautus, Titus Maccius
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