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Character Quotes

“Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.” Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.” Henry Clay

“There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“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 Keller

“Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.” Lou Holtz

“Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.”Alfred Adler

“Ability can take you the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” Zig Ziglar

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.” George Eliot

“Our own heart, and not other men’s opinions, forms our true honor.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Reputation is what the world thinks a man is; character is what he really is.” Anonymous

“Reputation is the shell a man discards when he leaves life for immortality. His character he takes with him.” Anonymous

“Nearly all men can stand adversity. But if you want to test a man’s character – give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

“No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” Mother Teresa

“If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.” Brian Tracy

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.” Glenn Clark

“A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another’s.” Jean Paul Richter

“A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities.” Charles de Gaulle

“A man without character is like a ship without a rudder.” Karl G. Maeser

“A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with – a man is what he makes of himself.” Alexander Graham Bell

“Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation and great joy.” Jim Rohn

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.” David Starr Jordan

“With integrity you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt. With fear and guilt removed you are free to be and do your best.”  Zig Ziglar

“You build a successful career, regardless of your field of endeavor, by the dozens of little things you do on and off the job.” Zig Ziglar

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” James D. Miles

“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.” Leo Aikman

“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.” Author Unknown

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

“We are where we are, as we are, because of what we are.” Earle J. Glade

“We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs.” Francois Fenelon

“We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.” Arthur Schopenhauer

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.” Abraham Lincoln

“We teach what we live.” Unknown Author

“Though a man without money is poor, a man with nothing but money is still poorer.” Anonymous

“When I do right, no one remembers. When I do wrong, no one ever forgets.”Anonymous

“You can tell what a man is by what he does when he hasn’t anything to do.” Anonymous

“You can’t measure the heart of a champion.” Anonymous

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to his or her commitment to excellence, regardless of his or chosen field of endeavor.” Zig Ziglar

“What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.” John Ruskin

“What you do off the job is determining factor in how far you will go on the job.” Zig Ziglar

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar

“What you risk reveals what you value.” Jeanette Winterson

“What you see and hear depends a great deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.” C. S. Lewis

“Whatever good things we build end up building us.” Jim Rohn

“Whatever is expressed is impressed. Whatever you say to yourself, with emotion, generates thoughts, ideas and behaviors consistent with those words.” Brian Tracy

“When all is said and done, the only thing you’ll have left is your character.” Vince Gill

“When any fit of anxiety or gloominess or perversion of the mind lays hold upon you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaints but exert your whole care to hide it. By endeavoring to hide it, you will drive it away.” Dr. Samuel Johnson

“No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character.” John Lord Morley

“No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.” Henry Ward Beecher

“No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy – unless you let him.” Napoleon Hill

“Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.” Henry Clary

“One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole.” Mahatma Gandhi

“One player practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.” Knute Rockne

“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.” Michael J. Fox

“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.” Stephen Covey

“In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong, honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.” John Ruskin

“In the great scheme of things, what matters is not how long you live, but why you live, what you stand for, and what you are willing to die for.” Paul Watson

“Integrity is the foundation upon which all other values are built.” Brian Tracy

“It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.” Arthur Calwell

“It is better to correct your own faults than those of another.” Democritus

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” Napoleon Hill

“It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.” Benjamin Franklin

“When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.” Japanese Proverb

“When we do more than we are paid to do, eventually we will be paid more for what we do.” Zig Ziglar

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” Billy Graham

“When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character.” W. Somerset Maugham

“When you exercise your freedom to express yourself at the lowest level, you ultimately condemn yourself to live at that level.” Zig Ziglar

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” Wayne Dyer

“Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.” Kahlil Gibran

“Truthfulness is the main element of character.” Brian Tracy

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” Albert Einstein

“Value work. But not any kind of work. Ask yourself, is the work vital, strengthening my own character, inspiring others, or helping the world?” Anna Robertson Brown

“Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man.” Thomas Carlyle

“If you are not leaning, no one will let you down.” Dr. Robert Anthony

“The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.” John Dewey

“The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Sam Goldwyn

“The man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.” Charles Schwab

“The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.” Plato

“The most vital test of a man’s character is not how he behaves after success, but how he sustains defeat.” Raymond Moley

“The power of man’s virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doings.” Blaise Pascal

“The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society.” Jack Kemp

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” John Wooden

“Be your character what it will, it will be known; and nobody will take it upon your word.” Philip Dormer Shanhope, Lord Chesterfield

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.” Elizabeth Bibesco

“Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.” Faith Baldwin

“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

“Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes from society.” Daniel Webster

“Even as water carves monuments of stone, so do our thoughts shape our character.” Hugh B. Brown

“Every man has three characters: That which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.” Alphonse Karr

“Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.” General Charles DeGaulle

“Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked and never well mended.” Old Folk Saying

“Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.” John Luther

“Kindness in words creates confidence Kindness in thinking creates profoundness Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao-Tzu

“Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.” Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” Oprah Winfrey

“Man was designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” Zig Ziglar

“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” Lao Tzu

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.” Laurence Sterne

“Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all. Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, gives us manhood or womanhood fibre.” Dr. Frank Crane

“Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” William Penn

“Self-trust is the essence of heroism.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things and I’ll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things.” Lawrence Bell

“Six essential qualities are the key to success: sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.” William Menninger

“Some say knowledge is power, but that is not true. Character is power.” Sri Sathya Sai Baba

“A man’s reaction to his appetites and impulses when they are roused gives the measure of that man’s character. In these reactions are revealed the man’s power to govern or his forced servility to yield.” David Oman McKay

“A person shows what he is by what he does with what he has.” Anonymous

“A person’s treatment of money is the most decisive test of his character, how they make it and how they spend it.” James Moffatt

“A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.” Joseph Hall

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” John Wooden

“You don’t realize how strong a person really is until you see them at their weakest moment.” Unknown Author

“Your reputation is in the hands of others. That’s what a reputation is. You can’t control that. The only thing you can control is your character.” Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” Malcolm X

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” Albert Einstein

“Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.” Euripides

“What comes out of your mouth is determined by what goes into your mind.” Zig Ziglar

“What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?” Henry James Jr

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.” Thomas Edison

“What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.” Ed Howe

“What we obtain too cheap we esteem too little; it is dearness only that gives everything value.” Thomas Paine

“There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.” French Proverb

“There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.” David Lloyd George

“Thought creates character.” Annie Besant

“I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand.” Baruch Spinoza

“If people like you they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you they’ll do business with you.” Zig Ziglar

“Character is the foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character.” R. C. Samsel

“Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.” Elbert Green Hubbard

“Character is what you are in the dark.” Dwight L. Moody

“Character isn’t inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action.”  Helen Douglas

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” Phillips Brooks

“Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.” Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“Confidence on the outside begins by living with integrity on the inside.” Brian Tracy

“Courage is doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone.” François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

“Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.” Tyron Edwards

“To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue… gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.” Confucius

“To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don’t be.” Golda Meir

“To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.” Aristotle

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

“To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” Confucius

“To measure the man, measure his heart.” Malcolm Stevenson Forbes

“To reach a great height a person needs to have great depth.” Anonymous

“To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved but at what he aspires to.” Kahlil Gibran

“Sow a thought, and you reap an act;/ Sow an act, and you reap a habit;/ Sow a habit, and you reap a character;/ Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.” Charles Reader

“Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you’ll have left is your character.” Vince Gill

“Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy soul–for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.” Marcus Antonius

“Surely the world we live in is but the world that lives in us.” Daisy Bates

“Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The abundant life does not come to those who have had a lot of obstacles removed from their path by others. It develops from within and is rooted in strong mental and moral fiber.” William Mather Lewis

“The discipline of desire is the background of character.” John Locke

“The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.” Jean Iris Murdoch

“The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather what he does not say.” Kahlil Gibran

“The reputation of thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.” Japanese proverb

“The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.” William Safire

“The time is always right to do what is right.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Ann Landers

“The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.” Jon Holt

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and conveniences, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr

“All honor’s wounds are self-inflicted.” Andrew Carnegie

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James

“After I’m dead I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.” Cato the Elder

“Always do right – this will gratify some and astonish the rest.” Mark Twain

“Be absolutely clear about who you are and what you stand for. Refuse to compromise.” Brian Tracy

“Be humble, be big in mind and soul, be kindly; you will like yourself that way and so will other people.” Norman Vincent Peale

“Good manners are like traffic rules for society.” Michael Levine

“Good is good and bad is bad, and nowhere is the difference between good and bad so wide and so fateful as in human character. For character makes destiny in the individual and in the race.” Edward O. Sisson

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” Sam Ewig

“He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.” Henry Ward Beecher

“He is the richest who is content with the least.” Socrates

“He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.” Confucius

“Character is a subtle thing. Its sources are obscure, its roots delicate and invisible. We know it when we see it and it always commands our admiration, and the absence of it our pity; but it is largely a matter of will.” Leo J. Muir

“Character is a victory, not a gift.” Anonymous

“Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity.” Unknown Author

“Character is destiny.” Heraclitus

“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

“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

“Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what you fall for.” Robert Quillen

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.” Thomas Paine

“Character is the ability to follow through on a resolution long after the emotion with which it was made has passed.” Brian Tracy

“Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.” Aristotle

“Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.” Lou Holtz

“Don’t accept that others know you better than yourself. Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.” James Allen

“Don’t be content with being average. Average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.” Unknown Author

“Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well – he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.” John Baptiste Moliére

“It is not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves.” Sir Edmund Hillary

“It is the character of a brave and resolute man not to be ruffled by adversity and not to desert his post.” Cicero

“Good habits are not made on birthdays, nor Christian character at the new year. The workshop of character is everyday life. The uneventful and commonplace hour is where the battle is lost or won.”Maltbie Davenport Babcock


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