Character Quotes

Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.
Antiphanes
Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims: The Comic, 1876

I used to be a lawyer, but now I am a reformed character.
Woodrow Wilson
Ranjan - a person without character is just as body...
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
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 cannot 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
Alexander hamilton, speech on 21 june 1788 urging ratification of the constitution in new york. - it has been observed that a pure democracy if it...
Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
Henry Clay
Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis.
Anonymous
When writing a novel a writer should create living people people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Ernest Hemingway
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
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
I was going to sue for defamation of character, but then I realised I have no character.
Charles Barkley, "they said it" in Sports Illustrated
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
Johnson himself turned out to be so many different characters he could have populated all of War and Peace and still had a few people left over.
Herbert Mitgang
There is no leveler like Christianity, but it levels by lifting all who receive it to the lofty table - Land of a true character and of undying hope both for this world and the next.
Johathan Edwards
The degradation which characterizes the state into which you plunge him by punishing him pleases, amuses, and delights him. Deep down he enjoys having gone so far as to deserve being treated in such a way.
Marquis de Sade
To be a book - Collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.
Robertson Davies, "The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks".
Bear in mind that brains and learning, like muscle and physical skill, are articles of commerce. They are bought and sold. You can hire them by the year or by the hour. The only thing in the world not for sale is character.
Antonin Scalia
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
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 who you are when no one is looking.
Allan Williams
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
Forming characters Whose Our own or others Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
Elihu Burritt
Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence and a belief in our right and our responsibility to be equal members of society.
Janet Jackson
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
The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love Born out of concern for all beings.
The Buddha
Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
Confucius
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
Samuel Johnson
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Henry David Thoreau
Do what you know and perception is converted into character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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".
Philanthropic people lose all sense of Humanity, it is their distinguishing characteristic.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
Thomas Paine