Character Quotes

Read the best selected character quotes by some famous people of their times. These character quotes will motivate and inspire you and you will be much wiser about the subject.

Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface. Anonymous
Honor and shame from no condition rise; Act well your part, there all the honor lies. Alexander Pope
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. Sri Swami Sivananda
They are slaves who fear to speak, for the fallen and the weak. James Russell Lowell
Man's character is his fate. Heraclitus
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals. David Hume
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices. P. B. Fitzwater
The higher character a person supports the more they should regard their smallest actions. Anonymous
Before you advise anyone ''Be yourself!'' reassess his character. Anonymous
Some people are born hammers, others anvils. Proverb
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. Henry Ward Beecher
No artist work is so high, so noble, so grand, so enduring, so important for all time, as the making of character is a child. Charlotte Saunders Cushman
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man. Felix Frankfurter
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. Isiah Thomas
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial. Ava Gardner
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents. Georg C. Lichtenberg
A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals. Henry David Thoreau
Character is simply habit long continued. Plutarch
Nothing endures but personal qualities. Walt Whitman
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character. Horace Greeley
The lord will not hold back the promises, even if the person who makes them is not worthy. Anonymous
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. Oliver Goldsmith
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. Leon Trotsky
What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character? Henry James
Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones. Darrell Royal
Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage. Anonymous
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance. Thomas Jefferson
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming. Jim Rohn
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. Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do. William Ellery Channing
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. John Milton
To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man's character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours. Mark Twain
If anyone tells you someone has changed their character; don't believe it. Mohammed
To have character is to be big enough to take life on. Mary Caroline Richards
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character. Stephen R. Covey
The test of any man's character is how he takes praise. Anonymous
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold. Euripides
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character. Arthur Schopenhauer
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended. Francois De La Rochefoucauld
A character is a completely fashioned will. Novalis
Too many lives are needed to make just one. Eugenio Montale
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. Anonymous
Character is the impulse reined down into steady continuance. Charles H. Parkhurst
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are. Les Brown
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested. Oswald Chambers
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live. Bayard Taylor
If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business. William M. Thackeray
Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is... the highway to success. Og Mandino
During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think. Bernard M. Baruch
If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny. Andre Maurois
Character is much easier kept than recovered. Thomas Paine
It isn't the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog, that counts. Harry Howell
Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character. Walter Lippmann
The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government. Thomas C. Haliburton
A rich man has no need of character. Hebrew Proverb
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness. Faith Baldwin
A man's reputation is what other people think of him; his character is what he really is. Jack Miner
Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character. Johann Kaspar Lavater
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes anothers. Jean Paul Richter
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity. Anonymous
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Abraham Lincoln
Character must be kept bright as well as clean. Lord Chesterfield
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time. Katharine Hepburn
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. Marcus T. Cicero
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. Manly Hall
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. Abraham Lincoln
Character matters; leadership descends from character. Rush Limbaugh
Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it. Sir John Lubbock
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed. Benjamin Disraeli
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence. Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements. Sir Joshua Reynolds
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches. Henry David Thoreau
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. Anonymous
Character is to man what carbon is to steel. Napoleon Hill
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited. Robert Freeman
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound. William Shakespeare
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. John Luther
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them. Proverb
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? George Eliot
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. Roger Babson
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one's sentiments may be, if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one's character may remain entirely unaffected for the better. William James
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted. Anonymous
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. James Russell Lowell
A man's character is his guardian divinity. Heraclitus
The man that makes a character, makes foes. Edward Young
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. James A. Froude
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities. Jacques Maritain
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself. Peter The Great
If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish prig. Woodrow T. Wilson
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character. Anthony Robbins
Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. Jacqueline Bisset
Nothing marks the character of a young man more than failure. Anonymous
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life. William Shakespeare
Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time. Elbert Hubbard
You can construct the character of a man and his age not only from what he does and says, but from what he fails to say and do. Norman Douglas
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. William James
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice. Benjamin Disraeli
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed. Henry David Thoreau
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. J. August Strindberg
All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ. Christian Nevell Bovee
The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any. Fred Astaire
It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not. Jean De La Bruyere
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be. Thomas Carlyle
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. Roy L. Smith
There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose. William M. Bulger
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. A. L. Linall Jr.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. John Wooden
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. Confucius
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. Winston Churchill
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. Charles De Gaulle
Character is what you are in the dark. Dwight L. Moody
Character develops itself in the stream of life. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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. William James
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. James A. Michener
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids. Aristotle
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence. Jean Paul Richter
Character is victory organized. Napoleon Bonaparte
Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support and opens the way to wealth, honor and happiness. John Howe
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. Henry David Thoreau
Character is the foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character. R. C. Samsel
Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles. Henry Drummond
Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking. Chinese Proverb
Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character. George Santayana
Character, not circumstances, makes the man. Booker T. Washington
Character is power. Booker T. Washington
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life. L. Estrange
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. Abraham Lincoln
There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying. Colin Hay
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character. Marie Leneru
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered. Aeschylus
Every man has three characters -- that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has. Alphonse Karr
The highest qualities of character? must be earned. Lyman Abbott
No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one. Anonymous
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7] Bible
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. Anonymous
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. Edward M. Forster
I have often thought the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it comes upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: ''This is the real me!''. William James
Character development is the aim of education. O'Shea
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. E. M. Bounds
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. Fran Lebowitz
It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man's deeper nature is soon found out. Oscar Wilde
If you don't like your own character there may be a new one ready-made and waiting for you. The snake sheds its skin with impunity, relying on the same nature which you rely on. Anonymous
Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character. Henry Clay
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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. Saskya Pandita
Be your character what it will, it will be known; and nobody will take it upon your word. Lord Chesterfield
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. Anne Frank
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. Akhenaton
Wherever man goes to dwell his character goes with him. African Proverb
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. Ann Landers
You can't truthfully explain your smallest action without fully revealing your character.'' Anonymous
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. Virgil
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education. Maya Angelou
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it. Voltaire
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back. Abigail Van Buren
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance. Francesco Petrarch
By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character. Grenville Kleiser
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. Confucius
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. Thomas B. Macaulay
Character is a victory, not a gift. Anonymous
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. Confucius
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. Henry Van Dyke
I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within. Titus Maccius Plautus
Character is our destiny. Heraclitus
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop. Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace. Buddha
Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us. Thomas Paine
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans. Ronald Reagan
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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. Helen Keller
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses. Quentin Crisp
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize. Stephen R. Covey
When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness. Decimus Magnus Ausonius
Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character. Vince Gill
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. Earl of Arran
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character. Oscar Levant
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work. Orison Swett Marden
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered. Merikare
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion. St. Thomas Aquinas
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. Akhenaton
Let us not say, every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, every man is the architect of his own character. George D. Boardman
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character. Horace
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King Jr.
Do what you know and perception is converted into character. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have. Marva Collins
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty. Woodrow T. Wilson
Clothes don't tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him. Anonymous
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Aristotle

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