Character Quotes

William hazlitt, on the pleasure of hating - to display the greatest powers, unless they are...
One can acquire everything in solitude - Except character.
Marie Henri Beyle

To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.
W. Somerset Maugham
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
Menande
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, Speech on 21 June 1788 urging ratification of the Constitution in New York.
Among the virtues and vices that make up the British character, we have one vice, at least, that Americans ought to view with sympathy. For they appear to be the only people who share it with us. I mean our worship of the antique. I do not refer to beauty or even historical association. I refer to age, to a quantity of years.
William Golding

One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.
Marie Stendhal
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
Plutarch
Lin yutang - this i conceive to be the chemical function of...
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Aristotle
Forming characters Whose Our own or others Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
Elihu Burritt
Civilizations in decline are consistently characterised by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity.
Arnold Toynbee
The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick - Sighted thence proceeds mawkishness.
John Keats
George washington - i hope i shall possess firmness and virtue enough...
Boredom is a sign of satisfied ignorance, blunted apprehension, crass sympathies, dull understanding, feeble powers of attention, and irreclaimable weakness of character.
James Bridie
When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
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
About Superman and Batman: the former is how America views itself, the latter, darker character is how the rest of the world views America.
Michael Caine, www. aint - It - Cool - News. com
If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.
Jennifer Jones
Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus
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
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 is not made in a crisis it is only exhibited.
Rose Dorothy Freeman
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
Theodore Roosevelt
We are a kind of Chameleons, taking our hue - The hue of our moral character, from those who are about us.
John Locke
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Seneca, Epistles
Parents can only advise their children or point them in the right direction. Ultimately people shape their own characters.
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Strong feelings do not necessarily make a strong character. The strength of a man is to be measured by the power of the feelings he subdues not by the power of those which subdue him.
William Carleton
Working hard overcomes a who lot of other obstacles. You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.
Marsha Evans
Our view... is that it is an essential characteristic of experimentation that it is carried out with limited resources, and an essential part of the subject of experimental design to ascertain how these should be best applied; or, in particular, to which causes of disturbance care should be given, and which ought to be deliberately ignored.
Sir Ronald A. Fishe
Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character.
Henry David Thoreau
It is possible that the scrupulously honest man may not grow rich so fast as the unscrupulous and dishonest one; but success will be of a truer kind, earned without fraud or injustice. And even though a man should for a time be unsuccessful, still he must be honest; better to lose all and save character. For character is itself a fortune.
Samuel Smiles
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.
Henry Ford
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Hermann Hesse
You cannot dream yourself into a character you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honour, command, power, and glory.
Cicero
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
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Euripides
It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Henry David Thoreau