Character Quotes

There is something even more valuable to civilization than wisdom, and that is character

Henry Louis Mencken

(Propaganda) proceeds by psychological manipulations, character modifications, by creation of stereotypes useful when the time comes - The two great routes that this sub-propaganda takes are the conditioned reflex and the myth.

Jacques Ellul

We all lose our looks eventually. Better develop your character and interest in life.

Jacqueline Bisset

This is a Senate of equals, of men of individual honor and personal character, and of absolute independence. We know no masters, we acknowledge no dictators. This is a hall for mutual consultation and discussion; not an arena for the exhibition of champions.

Daniel Webster

It is easy to know when a government wishes for peace by observing the character of the person sent to negotiate for it.

Napoleon Bonaparte

If we divine a discrepancy between a man's words and his character, the whole impression of him becomes broken and painful; he revolts the imagination by his lack of unity, and even the good in him is hardly accepted.

Charles Horton Cooley

Mankind is made up of inconsistencies, and no man acts invariably up to his predominant character. The wisest man sometimes acts weakly, and the weakest sometimes wisely.

Lord Chesterfield

No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

When you heard that a mountain was moved, believe it; but when you hear that someone changed his character do not believe it.

Arabian Proverb

Self-denial is indispensable to a strong character, and the highest kind comes from a religious stock.

Theodore Parker

To enjoy the things we ought, and to hate the things we ought, has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.

Aristotle

Character is better than ancestry, and personal conduct is of more importance than the highest.

Thomas John Barnardo

Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts

Marcus Aurelius

If you are inclined to leave your character solitary for any considerable length of time, better question yourself. Fiction is association, not

A B Guthrie Jr

To character and success, two things, contradictory as they may seem, must go together... humble dependence on God and manly reliance on self.

William Wordsworth

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.

Plato

If we have violated any law, it was not done intentionally. We have injured no man's reputation, character, person, or property.We were meeting together to preserve ourselves, our wives, and our children from utter degradation and starvation.

George Loveless

For a great tree death comes as a gradual transformation. Its vitality ebbs slowly. Even when life has abandoned it entirely it remains a majestic thing. On some hilltop a dead tree may dominate the landscape for miles around. Alone among living things it retains its character and dignity after death. Plans wither; animals disintegrates. But a dead tree may be as arresting, as filled with personality, in death as it is in life. Even in its final moments, when the massive trunk lies prone and it has moldering into a ridge covered with mosses and fungi, it arrives at a fitting and noble end. It enriches and refreshes the earth. And later, as part of other green and growing things, it rises again.

Edwin Way Teale

The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.

Quintilian

Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up, as did men of another age, to the challenge of nature. Modern man lives in a highly synthetic kind of existence. He specializes in this and that. Rarely does he test all his powers or find himself whole. But in the hills and on the water the character of a man comes out.

Abram T. Collier

You must rouse into people's consciousness their own prudence and strength, if you want to raise their character.

Marquis De Vauvenargues

It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy from lack of character.

Dag Hammarskjld

The noblest character is stained by the addition of pride.

Claudian

Socialism means equality of income or nothing... under socialism you would not be allowed to be poor. You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you like it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner; but whilst you were permitted to live you would have to live well

George Bernard Shaw
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