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Character Quotes

"Character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices you make that gradually turn who you are, at any given moment, into who you want to be." Jim Rohn


"Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest."
Mark Twain

"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 Dyer

"Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him."
Dr. Wayne Dyer

"Always be loyal to those who are absent, if you want to retain those who are present."
Stephen R. Covey

"There are really only three kinds of people. Those who don't succeed, those who achieve success temporarily, and those who become and remain successful. Having character is the only way to sustain success. No matter how talented or rich or attractive people are, they will not be able to outrun their character.
John C. Maxwell

"People of poor character tend to blame their choices on circumstances. Ethical people make good choices regardless of circumstances. If they make enough good choices, they begin to create better conditions for themselves."
John C. Maxwell

"To be accounted trustworthy, a person must be predictable. When you manage your life and all the little decisions by one guideline--the Golden Rule--you create an ethical predictability in your life. People will have confidence in you, knowing that you consistently do the right thing.
John C. Maxwell

"Principle--particularly moral principle--can never be a weather vane, spinning around this way and that with the shifting winds of expediency. Moral principle is a compass forever fixed and forever true--and that is as important in business as it is in the classroom."
Edward R. Lyman

"To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity."
Donald A. Adams

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

"It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart."
Anne Frank

"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

"Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle."
Plato

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

"A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child."
The Knights of Pythagoras

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

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

"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

"Whether you be man or woman you will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor."
James Allen

"The moment a question comes to your mind, see yourself mentally taking hold of it and disposing of it. In that moment is your choice made. Thus you learn to take the path to the right. Thus you learn to become the decider and not the vacillator. Thus you build character."
H. Van Anderson

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

"Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy soul-for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it then, with a continuous series of such thoughts as these-that where a man can live, there if he will, he can also live well."
Marcus Antonius

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

"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

"Thought creates character."
Annie Bessant

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

"Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long-continued process."
Phillips Brooks

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

"The higher up you go, the more gentle you have to reach down to help other people succeed."
Rick Castro

"After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one."
Cato the Elder

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

"Our own heart, and not other men's opinions, forms our true honor."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"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 fiber."
Dr. Frank Crane

"Character isn't inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains."
Helen Douglas

"The surest way to know our gold, is to look upon it and examine it in God's furnace, where he tries it that we may see what it is. If we have a mind to know whether a building stands strong or not, we must look upon it when the wind blows. If we would know whether a staff be strong, or a rotten, broken reed, we must observe it when it is leaned on and weight is borne upon it. If we would weigh ourselves justly we must weigh ourselves in God's scales that he makes use of to weigh us."
Jonathan Edwards

"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."
Albert Einstein

"If you would not be known to do anything, never do it."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

"Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward."
Henry Ford

"Character is not made in a crisis it is only exhibited."
Robert Freeman

"A "No" uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble."
Mahatma Gandhi

"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

"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

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

"Talent develops in tranquility, character in the full current of human life." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"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

"A good character is, in all cases, the fruit of personal exertion. It is not inherited from parents; it is not created by external advantages; it is no necessary appendage of birth, wealth, talents, or station; but it is the result of one's own endeavors-the fruit and reward of good principles manifested in a course of virtuous and honorable action."
J. Hawes

"A good name is seldom regained. When character is gone, all is gone, and one of the richest jewels of life is lost forever."
J. Hawes

"There are men whom a happy disposition, a strong desire of glory and esteem, inspire with the same love for justice and virtue which men in general have for riches and honors....But the number of these men is so small that I only mention them in honor of humanity."
Helvetius

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

"In matters of style swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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

"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

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

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
Abraham Lincoln

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."
Art Linkletter

"A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him."
John C. Maxwell

"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 O. MacKay

"There is [a] spiritual strength derived from the subjecting of the physical appetite to the will of the individual. "He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than king." If there were no other virtues in fasting but gaining strength of character, that alone would be sufficient justification for its universal acceptance."
David O. MacKay

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

"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

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

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

"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

"Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows."
Charles Reade

"Calamity is the test of integrity."
Samuel Richardson

"I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man's word should be as good as his bond; that character - not wealth or power or position - is of supreme worth."
John (Jay) Davison Rockefeller, IV

"Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip."
Will Rogers

"Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike."
Theodore Roosevelt

"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

"It is easy to be tolerant of the principles of other people if you have none of your own."
Herbert Samuel

"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

"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

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

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge."
Martin Luther King Jr.

"I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty."
John D. Rockefeller

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

"Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe." Winston Churchill

"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."
Robert Louis Stevenson

"He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the latter." Henry Fielding

"Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right, decide on what you think is right and stick to it."
George Eliot

"When you have a number of disagreeable duties to perform, always do the most disagreeable first."
Josiah Quincy


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