Character Quotes

Anonymous - a man has no more character than he can command...
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Solon

Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
Aristotle
Knowledge is essential to conquest; only according to our ignorance are we helpless. Thought creates character. Character can dominate conditions. Will creates circumstances and environment.
Anne Besant
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
In making up the character of God, the old theologians failed to mention that He is of infinite cheerfulness. The omission has caused the world much tribulation.
Michael Monahan

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor to change the character of our thought.
Lin Yutang
Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus
Philip dormer chesterfield - firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary...
Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus.
John Ashcroft
The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79.....
Douglas Noel Adams
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
Samuel Johnson
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Johann von Goethe
Marquis de sade - the degradation which characterizes the state...
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
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
A man is what he is, not what men say he is. His character no man can touch. His character is what he is before his God and his Judge; and only he himself can damage that. His reputations what men say he is. That can be damaged; but reputation is for time, character is for eternity.
John Ballantine Gough
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
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they find laughable.
Anon.
Every man has three characters: that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
Alphonse Ka
Character is what can do without success.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
What makes a good follower The single most important characteristic may well be a willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly dependent on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to hear it or not. Followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination.
Warren Bennis
It is possible that the scrupulously honest man may not grow rich so fast as the unscrupulous and dishonest one but the 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 lose all and save character. For character is itself a fortune...
Samuel Smiles
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Through his mastery of storytelling techniques, he has managed to separate his character, in the public mind, from his actions as president. ... He has, in short, mesmerized us with that steady gaze.
Jean Nathan Mille
A person without character is just as body without soul.
Ranjan
Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
Henry David Thoreau
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.
Aristophanes, Knights, 424 B. C.
Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western religion, rejection without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western science.
Gary Zukav, "The Dancing Wu Li Masters".
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
Eleanor Roosevelt, My Day
Talents are best nurtured in solitude character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann von Goethe
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
Education has for its object the formation of character.
Herbert Spence
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".
The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character - Building value of privation for the poor.
John Kenneth Galbraith
It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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