Character Quotes

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

When some English moralists write about the importance of having character, they appear to mean only the importance of having a dull character.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.

Ayn Rand

A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user

Theodore Roosevelt

Great occasions rally great principles, and brace the mind to a lofty bearing, a bearing that is even above itself. But trials that make no occasion at all, leave it to show the goodness and beauty it has in its own disposition. And here precisely is the superhuman glory of Christ as a character, that He is just as perfect, exhibits just as great a spirit in little trials as in great ones.

Horace Bushnell

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.

Thomas Paine

Every mans work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself, and the more he tries to conceal himself the more clearly will his character appear in spite of him.

Samuel Butler

My character was formed by mountaineering. Enduring rainy slopes and cold bivouacs to spend an hour at the top of the world shaped my ability to handle adversity.

Candice Carpenter

The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.

Alfred Jarry

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

It is only an error in judgment to make a mistake, but it shows infirmity of character to adhere to it when discovered.

Christian Nevell Bovee

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Martin Luther King Jr

All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.

James F. Cooper

Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.

Yousuf Karsh

Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity, and my flesh begins crawling with suspense.

Fawn McKay Brodie

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Albert Einstein

There are relatively few science fiction or fantasy books with the main character being an old person.

Elizabeth Moon

Strict punctuality is perhaps the cheapest virtue which can give force to an otherwise utterly insignificant character.

John F. Boyes

Here in New England, the character is strong and unshakable.

Norman Rockwell

It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope .

Bible

Football doesn't build character, it reveals character!

Marv Levy

The present goal of the individual in group enterprises is to avoid dominance; leadership is felt to be a character disorder.

Donald Barthelme
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