Character Quotes

Henry clay - in all the affairs of life, social as well as...
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

History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.
Lord John Whorfin
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
Plutarch
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
Samuel Johnson
The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious and may revolutionize a whole town.
Eleanor H. Porte

Jennifer jones - if you could choose one characteristic that would...
Thomas paine - character is much easier kept than recovered....
In dreams we see ourselves naked and acting our real characters, even more clearly than we see others awake.
Henry David Thoreau
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
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
Elihu Burritt
Whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of his neighbor, will feel a pleasure in the reverse. And those who despair to rise in distinction by their virtues, are happy if others can be depressed to a level of themselves.
Benjamin Franklin
You can judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing to them or for them.
Malcolm Forbes
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, Speech on 21 June 1788 urging ratification of the Constitution in New York.
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
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
Albert Einstein
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
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
Albert Einstein
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
We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character.
Henry David Thoreau
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
Character is who you are when no one is looking.
Allan Williams
Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.
Antiphanes
To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.
W. Somerset Maugham
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
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Euripides
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".
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".
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
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
Character is power.
Booker T. 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
Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.
Philip Dormer Chesterfield
Character is what you are in the dark.
American Prove
One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.
Marie Stendhal
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
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
Author Unknown
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