Best Quotes about Character
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
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.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
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.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
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
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
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
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Sivananda, Sri Swami
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
Beecher, Henry Ward
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
Mason, John L.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.
Haliburton, Thomas C.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
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
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
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.
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
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
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.
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
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.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
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