Character Quotes

The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness.

John Keats

On Sir Joshua Reynolds's observing that the real character of a man was found out by his amusements. Yes, Sir, no man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.

Dr. Samuel Johnson

I am perhaps more proud of having helped to redeem the character of the cave-man than of any other single achievement of mine in the field of anthropology.

Henry Fairfield Osborn

Few women and fewer men have enough character to be idle.

E.V. Lucas

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

John Wooden

A person's character is revealed by their speech

Greek proverb

The qualities of a great man are vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.

Dwight David Eisenhower

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

Helen Keller

Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day...

Orison Swett Marden

The character of greatness must be measured in two ways, else the measurement is flawed. First, and by far most popular of all, is by one's ability to succeed in times of trial where others may fail. But of no less importance, and perhaps foundational to any form of greatness, is one's willingness to start over in spite of failure, when success seems farthest away.

Guy Finley

Nearly all men can stand adversity. But if you want to test a man's character - give him power.

Abraham Lincoln

Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.

J.C. Watts

Excellence calls for character . . . integrity . . . fairness . . . honesty . . . a determination to do what's right. High ethical standards, across the board.

Price Pritchett

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

George Washington

Fashion should not be expected to serve in the stead of courage or character.

Loretta Young

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.

Paul Bryant

Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.

John Wooden

I often feel, and ever more deeply I realize, that fate and character are the same conception.

Novalis

Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making

William James

The foundation of culture, as of character, is at last the moral sentiment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The discipline of desire is the background of character.

John Locke

Genius is formed in quiet, character in the stream of human life

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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