Character quotes and sayings

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
Anonymous

Everyone tries to define this thing called Character. It’s not hard. Character is doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.
Anonymous

Character is destiny.
Heraclitus

Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.
Napoleon Hill

A man of great common sense and good taste, – meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
George Bernard Shaw

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman

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

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

But rules cannot substitute for character.
Alan Greenspan

No artist’s work is so high, so noble, so grand, so enduring, so important for all time, as the making of character.
Charlotte Saunders Cushman

Be your character what it will, it will be known; and nobody will take it upon your word.
Lord Chesterfield

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

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.
John W. Holt, Jr.

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

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

One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
L. Estrange

A person’s character is what it is. It’s a little like a marriage – only without the option of divorce. You can work on it and try to make it better, but basically you have to take the bitter with the sweet.
Henrik Hertzberg

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
Aeschylus

In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Francis Thompson

I love a hand that meets my own with a grasp that causes some sensation.
Samuel Osgood

The force of character is cumulative.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is the only secure foundation of the state.
Calvin Coolidge

Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.
Elias Boudinot

Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down within incredible swiftness.
Faith Baldwin

Character is a victory, not a gift.
Anonymous

Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else’s traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man’s character is, the better it fits him.
Cicero

Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

His life was gentle; and the elements So mix’d in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world ‘This was a man!’
William Shakespeare

To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man’s character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours.
Mark Twain

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

The best index to a person’s character is (1) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and (2) how he treats people who can’t fight back.
Abigail van Buren

Every man has three characters: that which he shows, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
Alphonse Karr

Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

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

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Kahlil Gibran

Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character
T. Alan Armstrong

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Winston Churchill

Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self respect springs.
Joan Didion

He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.
Oscar Wilde

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

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

You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.
Napoleon Hill

From a timid, shy girl I had become a woman of resolute character, who could not longer be frightened by the struggle with troubles.
Anna Dostoevsky

Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Solon

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Character is so largely affected by association, that we cannot afford to be indifferent as to who or what our friends are.
Anonymous

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Character is the sum and total of a person’s choices.
P. B. Fitzwater

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
Abraham Lincoln

A patronizing disposition always has its meaner side.
George Eliot

If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority.
Yugoslav Proverb

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

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.
Mel Brooks