Character Quotes

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.

James A. Michener

Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.

Woodrow T. Wilson

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.

Dale Carnegie

Commitment in the face of conflict produces character.

Unknown

I ask that all Americans demonstrate in their personal and public lives...the high ethical standards that are essential to good character and to the continued success of our nation.

Bill Clinton

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

No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one\'s sentiments may be, if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one\'s character may remain entirely unaffected for the better.

William James

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

James A. Froude

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Solon

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.

Zig Ziglar

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Unknown

Sow a thought, reap an act; Sow an act, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character; Sow a character, reap adestiny.

Anon xxxx

No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one's sentiments may be, ifone has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one's character may remain entirely unaffected for the better.

William James

It's motive alone that gives character to the actions of men.

Jean De la Bruyere

If you think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself.

Woodrow Wilson

To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.

Katherine Hepburn

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.

James A Michener 1907

Moral courage and character go hand in hand .... a man of real character is consistently courageous, beingimbued with a basic integrity and a firm sense of principle.

Martha Boaz

I am not thinking of those shining precepts which are the registered property of every school; that is to say learn as much by writing as by reading; be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites; keep men and things apart; guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing; be more severe to ideas than to actions; do not overlook the strength of the bad cause of the weakness of the good; never be surprised by the crumbling of an idol or the disclosure of a skeleton; judge talent at its best and character at its worst; suspect power more than vice, and study problems in preference to periods.

John Dalberg-Acton, Lord Acton

A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.

James Allen

When we say a character in my films doesn't function, we mean he doesn't function as a person, but he does function as a character that is, until you take him as a symbol. At that point it is you who are not functioning. Why not simply accept him as a character, without judging him? Accept him for what he is. Accept him as a character in a story, without claiming that he derives or acquires meaning from that story. There may be meanings, but they are different for all of us.

Michelangelo Antonioni

The prosperity of a people depends upon such facts as the natural wealth of the country in which they live, their social discipline and industrial character, the result of generations, of centuries, it may be, of tradition. In addition it depends upon a special technical capacity for such-and-such a manufacture, a special aptitude for meeting the peculiarities of such-and-such a market, the efficient equipment of elaborately constructed workshops, and the existence of a population trained to given trades.

Sir Norman Angell

Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus.

John David Ashcroft
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