Character Quotes

A good novel is an indivisible sum; every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization.
Ayn Rand, The Romantic Manifesto p. 74 (pb 93)
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

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
George washington - i hope i shall possess firmness and virtue enough...
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Euripides

Character can not be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Kelle
W. somerset maugham - to bear failure with courage is the best proof of...
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Author Unknown
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 Mannes Baruch
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
Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.
Antiphanes
History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.
Lord John Whorfin
Our character... is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
George Santayana, "The German Mind: A Philosophical Diagnosis".
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
Tyron Edwards
Nature is at work.. Character and destiny are her handiwork. She gives us love and hate, jealousy and reverence. All that is ours is the power to choose which impulse we shall follow.
David Seabury
Character is what you are when no one is looking.
Unknown
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Seneca, Epistles
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
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
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
Albert Einstein
If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, Here comes number seventy - One!
Richard M. DeVos
Freedom and indedendence form my character.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Founder of modern Turkey 24. 04. 1921
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
Albert Einstein
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
Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support and opens the way to wealth, honor and happiness.
John Howe
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 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
Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
H. Jackson Browne, P. S. I Love You
The first glance at History convinces us that the actions of men proceed from their needs, their passions, their characters and talents and impresses us with the belief that such needs, passions and interests are the sole spring of actions.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
Confucius
It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When writing a novel a writer should create living people people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Ernest Hemingway
History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstances.
Donald Creighton
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Hermann Hesse
In dreams we see ourselves naked and acting our real characters, even more clearly than we see others awake.
Henry David Thoreau
In later life, as in earlier, only a few persons influence the formation of our character the multitude pass us by like a distant army.
Jean Paul Friedrich Richte
The best part of the fiction in many novels is the notice that the characters are purely imaginary.
Franklin P. Adams
Solitude, in the sense of being often alone, is essential to any depth of meditation or of character and solitude in the presence of natural beauty and grandeur, is the cradle of thought and aspirations which are not only good for the individual, but which society could ill do without.
John Stuart Mill