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We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Thoreau, Henry David
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Best Quotes about Character

1.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.

2.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul

3.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
Jefferson, Thomas

4.
Character is victory organized.
Bonaparte, Napoleon

5.
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

6.
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.

7.
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!.
James, William

8.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.

9.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Seneca

10.
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

11.
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

12.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Petrarch, Francesco

13.
The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.
Confucius

14.
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
Thackeray, William M.

15.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.

16.
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
Joan Didion

17.
Look, we're all the same; a man is a fourteen-room house --in the bedroom he's asleep with his intelligent wife, in the living-room he's rolling around with some bareass girl, in the library he's paying his taxes, in the yard he's raising tomatoes, and in the cellar he's making a bomb to blow it all up.
Miller, Arthur

18.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua

19.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold

20.
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.

21.
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.

22.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas

23.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
Proverb

24.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.

25.
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.

26.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
Proverb

27.
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle

28.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

29.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

30.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
Shakespeare, William

31.
He that has light within his own clear breast may sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
Milton, John

32.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
Abbott, Lyman

33.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Aristotle

34.
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.
Francis, Clarence

35.
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.
William Carleton

36.
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.
Keller, Helen

37.
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
Covey, Stephen R.

38.
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus

39.
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.

40.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius

41.
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

42.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
Drummond, Henry

43.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
Disraeli, Benjamin

44.
Character development is the aim of education.
O'Shea

45.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
King Jr. Martin Luther

46.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Voltaire

47.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Baldwin, Faith

48.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
Hay, Colin

49.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

50.
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
W. Somerset Maugham


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