Character Quotes

Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow

Elias Boudinot

If the character has the motivation to dance round trees, then I will dance round trees. If the motivation is strong enough, then I'll fly to the moon.

Rahul Bose

Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

I love it when ugliness is beautiful. I love character flaws.

Marcia Gay Harden

He had a curiously womanish face, and, in direct contradiction to his real character, there seemed to be little strength in it.

Isa Bowman

Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established


Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved

Helen Adams Keller

In every human being one or the other of these two instincts is predominant: the active or positive instinct to offer hospitality, the negative or passive instinct to accept it. And either of these instincts is so significant of character that one might as well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids


It takes a while to grasp that not all failures are self-imposed, the result of ignorance, carelessness or inexperience. It takes a while to grasp that a garden isn't a testing ground for character and to stop asking, what did I do wrong? Maybe nothing.

Eleanor Per├łny

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.

James Russell Lowell

Society is a masked ball, where every one hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.

Peter De Vries

After these matters we ought perhaps next to discuss pleasure. For it is thought to be most intimately connected with our human nature, which is the reason why in educating the young we steer them by the rudders of pleasure and pain; it is thought, too, that to enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on virtue of character. For these things extend right through life, with a weight and power of their own in respect both to virtue and to the happy life, since men choose what is pleasant and avoid what is painful; and such things, it will be thought, we should least of all omit to discuss, especially since they admit of much dispute.


I always think of the word `abandonment` when I think of the character.

Tilda Swinton
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