Best Quotes about Character
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
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.
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
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.
If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
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.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
A rich man has no need of character.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
For character too is a process and an unfolding... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?
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
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.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Character is simply habit long continued.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
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.
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
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.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Marden, Orison Swett
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!.
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
Macaulay, Thomas B.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Few persons are made of such strong fiber that they will make a costly outlay when surface work will pass as well in the market.
Bounds, E. M.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
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
Character is victory organized.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
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.
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
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