Best Quotes about Character
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
A man's character is his fate.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
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.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
A rich man has no need of character.
Character is our destiny.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.
Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon
I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Washington, Booker T.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
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
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
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.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
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
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.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Michener, James A.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
The highest qualities of character must be earned.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Thoreau, Henry David
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
Character is simply habit long continued.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
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
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.
Bovee, Christian Nevell
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
You must look into people, as well as at them.
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.
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
Gaulle, Charles De
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
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
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