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Character Quotes To Inspire You

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will

Jawaharlal Nehru

A man never shows his own character so plainly as by his manner of portraying another’s.

Jean Paul Richter

Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.

Johann von Goethe

It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.

John Baptiste Molire

We do not need more national development, we need more spiritual development. We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.

John Calvin Coolidge

You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.

John D. Mitchell

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

John D. Rockefeller

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

John Dewey

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 Holt

The discipline of desire is the background of character.

John Locke

No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character.

John Lord Morley

He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.

John Milton

Simplicity of character is no hindrance to the subtlety of intellect

John Morley

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

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

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 man without character is like a ship without a rudder.

Karl G. Maeser

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

Katherine Hepburn

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you


He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.

Leonardo da Vinci

To exercise good character daily is to be morally fit for life.

Lillian Hellman

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.

Lin Yutang

A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one.

Lord Jeffrey

History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.

Lord John Whorfin

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

Lou Holtz

You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.

Lucius Annus Seneca

To succeed is nothing, it’s an accident. but to feel is no doubts about oneself is something very different it is character.

Marie Leneru

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

Mark Twain

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

All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are

Pablo Neruda

Passing the veil does not alter a man; it certainly takes him from the eyes of flesh, but the capacity, the intelligence, the thinking powers, are all alive and quick; and if they hear the Gospel they will be glad, and the promises are made to them, and they will rejoice in them.

Parley P. Pratt

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.

Patrick Overton

The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.

Peter De Vries

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

Phillips Brooks

Character is simply habit long continued


To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Raymond Moley

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

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

Robert Quillen

You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.

Ronald Reagan

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

Rose Dorothy Freeman

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If people speak or act with evil thoughts, pain follows them. If people speak or act with pure thoughts, happiness follows them, like a shadow that never leaves them

Siddhartha Gautama

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.

Sir Winston Churchill

One can acquire everything in solitude except character.


Let us do our duty in our shop or our kitchen, in the market, the street, the office, the school, the home, just as faithfully as if we stood in the front rank of some great battle, and knew that victory for mankind depended on our bravery, strength, and skill. When we do that, the humblest of us will be serving in that great army which achieves the welfare of the world.

Theodore Parker

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

Theodore Roosevelt

In order to form correct habits, we should seek the company of persons of sound moral and religious influence. We should constantly bear in mind that we may be fitting to inhabit the heavenly courts. The precious hours of probation are granted that we may

Theodore White

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

Thomas B. Macaulay

Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct

Thomas Carlyle

Of the various executive abilities, no one excited more anxious concern than that of placing the interests of our fellow-citizens in the hands of honest men, with understanding sufficient for their stations. No duty is at the same time more difficult to fulfill. The knowledge of character possessed by a single individual is of necessity limited. To seek out the best through the whole Union, we must resort to the information which from the best of men, acting disinterestedly and with the purest motives, is sometimes incorrect.

Thomas Jefferson

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

Thomas Paine

To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.

W. Somerset Maugham

The only way to get rid of responsibilities is to discharge them.

Walter S. Robertson

We are what we seem to be

Willard Gaylin

Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no other is, and to do what no other can do.

William Ellery Channing

If we want our children to possess the traits of character we most admire, we need to teach them what those traits are and why they deserve both admiration and allegiance. Children must learn to identify the forms and content of those traits

William J. Bennett

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