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Character

Definition: The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.
Number of Quotes: 48

The rough broad difference between the American and the European business man is that the latter is anxious to leave his work, while the former is anxious to get to it.
Arnold Bennett

If you are not yourself, if you surrender your personality, you have nothing left to give the world. You have no pleasure, no use, nothing which will attract and charm me, for by the suppression of your individuality, you lose your distinctive character.
Edward Wilmot Blyden

Watch how a man takes praise and there you have the measure of him.
Thomas Burke

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
Albert Camus

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is what others think you are.
Dale Carnegie

He was a verray, parfit gentil knyght.
Geoffrey Chaucer

Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them apart.
Confucius

Men are like plants; the goodness and flavour of the fruit proceeds from the peculiar soil and exposition in which they grow.
Jean de Crèvecoeur

A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize the truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself as well as for others.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
George Eliot

A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

To measure the man, measure his heart.
Malcolm Forbes

Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
Mahatma Gandhi

Bury your ego. Don't be the star. Be the star maker!
Bud Hadfield

Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support, and opens the way to wealth, honor, and happiness.
John Howe

Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.
David Hume

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy

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 and controversy.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Sincerity is impossible unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.
James Russell Lowell

For every five well-adjusted and smoothly functioning Americans, there are two who never had the chance to discover themselves. It may well be because they have never been alone with themselves.
Marya Mannes

I recognize that I am made up of several persons and that the person that at the moment has the upper hand will inevitably give place to another. But which is the real one? All of them or none?
W. Somerset Maugham

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

I can tell more about how someone is likely to react in a business situation from one round of golf than I can from a hundred hours of meetings.
Mark McCormack

The great man does not think beforehand of his words that they may be sincere, nor of his actions that they may be resolute - he simply speaks and does what is right.
Mencius

Simplicity of character is no hindrance to subtlety of intellect.
John Morley

You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.
Richard Nixon

The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
Pauline Phillips

It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.
Alexander Pope

Acting isn't always about the amount of talent you have, or your ability to cry on command. The point is, how well can you take direction? How well can you put aside your own ideas or ego and listen to the ideas of the director and the people above you, while not giving up the passion and drive of that character?
Shannon Purser

A woman is like a teabag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is.
Nancy Reagan

You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by the way he eats jelly beans.
Ronald Reagan

Where the character is not great, there is no great man ... Never mind success. It is a question of being great, not seeming it.
Romain Rolland

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

He looked like the kind of a guy that wouldn't talk to you much unless he wanted something off you. He had a lousy personality.
J. D. Salinger

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer

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

The only thing that endures is character. Fame and wealth - all that is illusion.
O. J. Simpson

Don't be afraid to be unique or speak your mind because that's what makes you different from everyone else.
Dave Thomas

The depths and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
Leon Trotsky

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington

I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes.
Billy Wilder

Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Woodrow Wilson

If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish pig.
Woodrow Wilson

Slice him where you like, a hellhound is always a hellhound.
P. G. Wodehouse

The three grades of character are superior, medium and inferior: the superior is just good, the medium is capable of development either in an upward or a downward direction, and the inferior is just evil.
Han Yu

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as who you become (by achieving your goals).
Zig Ziglar

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