Character Quotes and Sayings - Page 3



Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what you fall for.
Robert Quillen

His life was gentle; and the elements
So mix’d in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world ‘This was a man!’
William Shakespeare

To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man’s character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours.
Mark Twain

There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The best index to a person’s character is (1) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and (2) how he treats people who can’t fight back.
Abigail van Buren

Every man has three characters: that which he shows, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
Alphonse Karr

Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Kahlil Gibran

Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character
T. Alan Armstrong

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Winston Churchill

Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self respect springs.
Joan Didion

He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.
Oscar Wilde

Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Euripides

The qualities of a great man are “vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.
Dwight Eisenhower

You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.
Napoleon Hill

From a timid, shy girl I had become a woman of resolute character, who could not longer be frightened by the struggle with troubles.
Anna Dostoevsky

Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Solon

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Character is so largely affected by association, that we cannot afford to be indifferent as to who or what our friends are.
Anonymous

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Character is the sum and total of a person’s choices.
P. B. Fitzwater

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
Abraham Lincoln

A patronizing disposition always has its meaner side.
George Eliot

If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority.
Yugoslav Proverb

Reputation is the shell a man discards when he leaves life for immortality. His character he takes with him.
Anonymous

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.
Mel Brooks

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