Character Quotes

John locke - we are a kind of chameleons, taking our hue - the...
History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.
Lord John Whorfin

The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.
Henry David Thoreau
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
Anon. - choose your friends by their character and your...
Samuel smiles - it is possible that the scrupulously honest man...

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
Aeschylus, Agamemnon
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".
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".
Character is what can do without success.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
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
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
It seems to me that perfection of means and confusion of goals seems to characterize our age.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
Heywood
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
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
Albert Einstein
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
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
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
Charles Reade
The influence of individual character extends from generation to generation.
Macleod
A rich man has no need of character.
Hebrew Prove
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
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Orison Swett Marden
It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy - From lack of character.
Dag Hammarskjld
The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.
Isabelle Eberhardt
We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.
Ricthe
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
Character is what you are when no one is looking.
Unknown
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
It violates right order whenever capital so employees the working or wage - Earning classes as to divert business and economic activity entirely to its own arbitrary will and advantage without, the social character of economic life, social justice, and the common good.
Pope Pius XI
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Johann von Goethe
There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice and politics without principle.
Mahatma Gandhi
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
Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
H. Jackson Browne, P. S. I Love You
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
Talents are best nurtured in solitude character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann von Goethe
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they find laughable.
Anon.