Character Quotes

Albert einstein - true art is characterized by an irresistible urge...
The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79.
Douglas Adams, "Mostly Harmless".

Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Author Unknown
It is the highest form of self - Respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.
Dr. Dale E. Turne
It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny their figure deformity.
Alexander Hamilton
Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.
Kahlil Gibran

Certainly it is a world of scarcity. But the scarcity is not confined to iron ore and available land. The most constricting scarcities are those of character and personality.
William R Allen
History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.
Lord John Whorfin
Anon. - choose your friends by their character and your...
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
Eleanor Roosevelt, My Day
What made the deepest impression upon you? inquired a friend one day of Lincoln, when you stood in the presence of the Falls of Niagara, the greatest of natural wonders? - - - - The thing that stuck me most forcibly when I saw the Falls, Lincoln responded with the characteristic deliberation, was where in the world did all that water come from?
Author Unknown
If every age has its own characteristic doctrine, there are a thousand signs which point to Fascism as the characteristic doctrine of our time.
Benito Mussolini, The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism, 1935
The delicate thing about the university is that it has a mixed character, that it is suspended between its position in the eternal world, with all its corruption and evils and cruelties, and the splendid world of our imagination.
Richard Hofstadte
Thomas jefferson - it is part of the american character to consider...
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Johann von Goethe
The peril of every fine faculty is the delight of playing with it for pride. Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character, and the greater it grows, the more is the mischief. Talent is mistaken for genius, a dogma or system for truth, ambition for greatest, ingenuity for poetry, sensuality for art.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
John Wooden
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
Samuel Johnson
One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.
Marie Stendhal
Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
Henry David Thoreau
Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
Phillips Brooks
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
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
Albert Einstein
The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.
Henry David Thoreau
Character is what you are in the dark.
American Prove
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.
Patrick Overton
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Solon
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
John Wooden
Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Aristotle
Character is what can do without success.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.
Elias Boudinot
The strength of the United States is not the gold at Fort Knox or the weapons of mass destruction that we have, but the sum total of the education and the character of our people.
Claiborne Pell
Character is who you are when no one is looking.
Allan Williams
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.
Robert J. Shiller, Irrational Exuberance
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Oscar Levant
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
Plutarch