Best Quotes about Character
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
Lubbock, Sir John
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.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
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
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.
Dyke, Henry Van
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.
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms 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
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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.
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
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
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
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
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principles.
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.
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
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus
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.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
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
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.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character
Covey, Stephen R.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
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