Character Quotes

Stubbornness equals character roughly as lust equals love.

Nicolas Chamfort

Christianity is not so much the advent of a better doctrine as of a perfect character.

Horace Bushnell

In every man's writings, the character of the writer must lie recorded.

Thomas Carlyle

A life devoted to trifles, not only takes away the inclination, but the capacity for higher pursuits. The truths of Christianity have scarcely more influence on a frivolous than on a profligate character.

Hannah More

France always has plenty men of talent, but it is always deficient in men of action and high character.

Napoleon

If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character...Would you slow down? Or speed up?

Chuck Palahniuk

Fellow citizens: The year ahead will demand more patience, sacrifice, and resolve. It can be tempting to think that America can put aside the burdens of freedom. Yet times of testing reveal the character of a nation. And throughout our history, Americans have always defied the pessimists and seen our faith in freedom redeemed. Now America is engaged in a new struggle that will set the course for a new century. We can, and we will, prevail.

George Walker Bush

This character wherewith we sink into the grave at death is the very character wherewith we shall reappear at the resurrection.

Thomas Chalmers

Anyone who has no character is not a man, but a thing.

Nicolas Chamfort

A character is never the author who created him. It is quite likely, however, that an author may be all his characters simultaneously.

Albert Camus

Our life evokes our character and you find out more about yourself as you go on.

Joseph Campbell

It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.

Arthur Schopenhauer

There never will exist anything permanently noble and excellent in the character which is a stranger to resolute self-denial.

Sir Walter Scott

Each character is an allegory for every aspect of human existence.

Vanna Bonta

The behavior of an individual is determined not by his racial affiliation, but by the character of his ancestry and his cultural environment.

Franz Boas

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 Lavater

The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles.

Mahatma Gandhi

If you look to lead, invest at least 40% of your time managing yourself - your ethics, character, principles, purpose, motivation, and conduct. Invest at least 30% managing those with authority over you, and 15% managing your peers.

Dee Hock

Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence ... What are the fruits of silence? They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character.

Ohiyesa

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.

Dale E. Turner

Words become low by the occasions to which they are applied, or the general character of them who use them; and the disgust which they produce arises from the revival of those images with which they are commonly united.

Samuel Johnson

I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.

Nathaniel Emmons

Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

Out of our beliefs are born deeds; out of our deeds we form habits; out of our habits grows our character; and on our character we build our destiny.

Henry Hancock
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