Best Quotes about Character
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
Character is a victory, not a gift.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
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.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
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.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
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.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
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.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow and the force of it depends on the strength of the arm from which it was shot. Argument is like a bullet fired from a gun and has equal force even when issued from a child.
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.
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
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
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.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
A man's character is his fate.
We falsely attribute to men a determined character -- putting together all their yesterdays -- and averaging them -- we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support -- it is worse than a large family -- he is the silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
Few people can distinguish the genuinely good from the reverse.
Juvenal, (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
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.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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