Character Quotes

Genius is its own end, and draws its means and the style of its architecture from within, going abroad only for audience, and spectator, as we adapt our voice and phrase to the distance and character of the ear we speak to

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

True character stands the test of emergencies. Do not be mistaken, it is weakness from which the awakening is rude.

Napolon Bonaparte

Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases

John Adams

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.

Robert E. Lee

Distance tests a horse's strength. Time reveals a person's character.

Chinese Proverbs

Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what you fall for.

Robert Quillen

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

John Wooden

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Abraham Lincoln

The man of character, sensitive to the meaning of what he is doing, will know how to discover the ethical paths in the maze of possible behavior.

Earl Warren

Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher qualities.

Aristotle

Every one of us has in him a continent of undiscovered character. Blessed is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul.

Unknown

Infelicity is an ill to which all acts are heir which have the general character of ritual or ceremonial, all conventional acts.

J. L. Austin

If we were required to know the position of the fruit dots or the character of the indusiumís, nothing could be easier to ascertain, but if it is required that you be affected by ferns, that they amount to anything, signify anything to you, that they be another sacred scripture and revelation to you, help to redeem your life, this end is not so easily accomplished.

Henry David Thoreau

The preservation of a few samples of undeveloped territory is one of the most clamant issues before us today. Just a few more years of hesitation and the only trace of that wilderness which has exerted such a fundamental influence in molding American character will lie in the musty pages of pioneer books ... To avoid this catastrophe demands immediate action.

Bob Marshall
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