Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
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.
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.
Watch how a man takes praise and there you have the measure of him.
You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
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.
He was a verray, parfit gentil knyght.
Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them apart.
Men are like plants; the goodness and flavour of the fruit proceeds from the peculiar soil and exposition in which they grow.
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.
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
Character is higher than intellect ... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
To measure the man, measure his heart.
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.
Bury your ego. Don't be the star. Be the star maker!
Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support, and opens the way to wealth, honor, and happiness.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.
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.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Sincerity is impossible unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.
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.
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?
When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
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.
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.
Simplicity of character is no hindrance to subtlety of intellect.
You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.
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.
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.
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?
A woman is like a teabag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by the way he eats jelly beans.
Where the character is not great, there is no great man ... Never mind success. It is a question of being great, not seeming it.
Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
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.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
The only thing that endures is character. Fame and wealth - all that is illusion.
Don't be afraid to be unique or speak your mind because that's what makes you different from everyone else.
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.
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.
I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
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.
Slice him where you like, a hellhound is always a hellhound.
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.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as who you become (by achieving your goals).