35 Quotes About Character


Teaching character to others will ensure that courage, self control and other great characteristics of persistence become a part of the next generation. These quotes about character highlight some of these key attributes to have.

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”

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

“A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.”

“Be your character what it will, it will be known, and nobody will take it upon your word.”

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

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

“Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.”

“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”

“Character is higher than intellect.”

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

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”

“Character is simply habit long continued.”

“Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.”

“Character is the sum total of all our everyday choices.”

“Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”

“Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.”

“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.”

“If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.”

“In the end you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard.”

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

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

“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

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

“Our character is but the stamp on our souls of the free choices of good and evil we have made through life.”

“People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.”

“Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.”

“Reputation is for time; character is for eternity.”

“Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.”

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

“The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.”

“The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.”

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

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”

“When you find a man you wish to marry, Tessa, remember this: You will know what kind of man he is not by the things he says, but by the things he does.”

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”

While we all have core characteristics of her personality, some traits can be transcended as needed.

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