Best Quotes about Character
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;
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Lavater, Johann Kaspar
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.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him.
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
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.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
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.
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 real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
My father told me that if you saw a man in a Rolls Royce you could be sure he was not a gentleman unless he was the chauffeur.
Arran, Earl of
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.
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
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
Character is simply habit long continued.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
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 keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
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