Character Quotes

Seneca, epistles - you can tell the character of every man when you...
You can judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing to them or for them.
Malcolm Forbes

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
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Ernest hemingway - when writing a novel a writer should create...
Ralph waldo emerson - it seems to me that perfection of means and...

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
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
It is the highest form of self - Respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.
Dr. Dale E. Turne
A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis.
To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.
W. Somerset Maugham
Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.
Education has for its object the formation of character.
Herbert Spence
It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Henry David Thoreau
Freedom and indedendence form my character.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Founder of modern Turkey 24. 04. 1921
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
Albert Einstein
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
James Albert Michene
A person without character is just as body without soul.
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".
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
Character is what you are in the dark.
American Prove
When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.
Japanese Prove
One can acquire everything in solitude - Except character.
Marie Henri Beyle
Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
Henry David Thoreau
Boredom is a sign of satisfied ignorance, blunted apprehension, crass sympathies, dull understanding, feeble powers of attention, and irreclaimable weakness of character.
James Bridie
We are a kind of Chameleons, taking our hue - The hue of our moral character, from those who are about us.
John Locke
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.
Henry David Thoreau
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".
History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstances.
Donald Creighton
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
Tyron Edwards
There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness, and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness, and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.
Johann Kaspar Lavate
Character is who you are when no one is looking.
Allan Williams
Character is not made in a crisis it is only exhibited.
Rose Dorothy Freeman
The delicate thing about the university is that it has a mixed character, that it is suspended between its position in the eternal world, with all its corruption and evils and cruelties, and the splendid world of our imagination.
Richard Hofstadte
Character is what you are when no one is looking.
History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.
Lord John Whorfin
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
It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy - From lack of character.
Dag Hammarskjld