Character Quotes

Benjamin franklin - whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of...
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

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
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman
Marie henri beyle - one can acquire everything in solitude - except...
Ralph waldo emerson, letters and social aims: the comic, 1876 - wit makes its own welcome, and levels all...

Character is what you are when no one is looking.
Unknown
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
To display the greatest powers, unless they are applied to great purposes, makes nothing for the character of greatness.
William Hazlitt, on the Pleasure of Hating
The peril of every fine faculty is the delight of playing with it for pride. Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character, and the greater it grows, the more is the mischief. Talent is mistaken for genius, a dogma or system for truth, ambition for greatest, ingenuity for poetry, sensuality for art.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Character is what you are in the dark.
American Prove
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
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell
Do what you know and perception is converted into character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Johann von Goethe
The best part of the fiction in many novels is the notice that the characters are purely imaginary.
Franklin P. Adams
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
Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.
Paxton Hood
History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.
Lord John Whorfin
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
Elihu Burritt
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington
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
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
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)
Civilizations in decline are consistently characterised by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity.
Arnold Toynbee
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstances.
Donald Creighton
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude
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
Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.
Anon.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.
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.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
Albert Einstein
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
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
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
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.
I Ching