Best Quotes about Character
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure.
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
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
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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 builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
Reynolds, Sir Joshua
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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 is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface.
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.
That which we call character is a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means. It is conceived of as a certain undemonstrable force, a familiar or genius, by whose impulses the man is guided, but whose counsels he cannot impart.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.
Richter, Jean Paul
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.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
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.
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.
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
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.
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance.
Parkhurst, Charles H.
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.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
To have character is to be big enough to take life on.
Richards, Mary Caroline
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
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
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
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.
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
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.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it.
A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
Beecher, Henry Ward
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
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
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