Best Quotes about Character
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
Buren, Abigail Van
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.
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.
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.
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.
While he was not as dumb as an ox, he was not any smarter either.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
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
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.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
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.
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
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our 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 not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
Amiel, Henri Frederic
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble
Spurgeon, Charles Haddon
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.
Thomas, John M.
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;
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
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.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Integrity has no need of rules.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
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 the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
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