Best Quotes about Character
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Richter, Jean Paul
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 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
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 be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
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.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.
The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
No artist work is so high, so noble, so grand, so enduring, so important for all time, as the making of character in a child.
Cushman, Charlotte Saunders
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
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.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
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
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow and the force of it depends on the strength of the arm from which it was shot. Argument is like a bullet fired from a gun and has equal force even when issued from a child.
Some people are born hammers, others anvils.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself.
Peter The Great
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
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.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
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.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
Fitzwater, P. B.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
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.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Thoreau, Henry David
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.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
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.
Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions.
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 man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
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.
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.
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
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose.
Bulger, William M.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
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