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Character Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Character

Please enjoy these Character Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

Related topics: Values Honor Self

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

Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.
- Yoda, character in Star Wars movie

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

 

Imagine for yourself a character,
a model personality whose example you determine to follow,
in private as well as in public.
- Epictetus

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

Society is a masked ball,
where every one hides his real character,
and reveals it by hiding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

People seem not to see that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will
not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our actions are constrained by fear of reprisal,
but our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
- John Wooden

People grow through experience
if they meet life honestly and courageously.
This is how character is built.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Society censors our actions,
but our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I look to a day when people will not be judged
by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We censor our actions, but
our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We can't control the impressions others form about us,
and the effort to do so only debases our character.
- Epictetus

Grit ruins clam chowder,
but enhances your character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The willow which bends to the tempest,
often escapes better than the oak which resists it;
and so in great calamities,
it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits
recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner
than those of a loftier character.
- Albert Schweitzer

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

You get what you settle for.
- the character Louise in the movie Thelma and Louise

Better learn balance. Balance is key.
Balance good, karate good. Everything good.
Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
- Albert Einstein

People do not seem to realize that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Better learn balance. Balance is key.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Humans make illogical decisions.
- Spock (character in Star Trek movies and TV shows)

Where there is no emotion,
there is no motive for violence.
- the character Spock in the Star Trek television series

How true Daddy's words were when he said:
all children must look after their own upbringing.
Parents can only give good advice
or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

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

You can easily judge the character of others
by how they treat those who can
do nothing for them or to them.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

Humans do have an amazing capacity
for believing what they choose,
and excluding that which is painful.
- Spock (character in Star Trek television series)

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.
- Bruce Lee

What you want is irrelevant,
what you have chosen is at hand.
- Spock character in Star Trek VI movie

Most people say that is it is the intellect
which makes a great scientist.
They are wrong: it is character.
- Albert Einstein

I've developed a new philosophy...
I only dread one day at a time.
- the character Charlie Brown in Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts comic

Never put passion before principle.
Even if win, you lose.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

You must unlearn what you have learned.
- the character Yoda in the movie Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

You remember lesson about balance?
Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life.
Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Sports do not build character.
They reveal it.
- Heywood Broun

Beauty has a lot to do with character.
- Kevyn Aucoin

Never trust spiritual leader who doesn't dance.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his
way of eating jellybeans.
- Ronald Reagan

The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife.
- Cyril Connolly

Character is power.
- Booker T. Washington

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

Fighting not good. But if must fight... win.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

The power of faith will often shine forth the most
when the character is naturally weak.
- Augustus Hare

Ah, not everything is as seems...
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

To deny the facts would be illogical.
- the character Spock in the television series Star Trek

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

Friendship is held to be the severest test of character.
It is easy, we think, to be loyal to a family and clan,
whose blood is in your own veins.
- Charles Alexander Eastman

No one knows his true character until he has run out of gas,
purchased something on the installment plan and raised an adolescent.
- Marcelene Cox

Love, hope, fear, faith - these make humanity;
These are its sign and note and character.
- Robert Browning Hamilton

Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of
a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.
- Billy Graham

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.
- Robert E. Lee

The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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.

Hard work spotlights the character of people:
some turn up their sleeves,
some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.
- Sam Ewing

Character is always known.
Thefts never enrich;
alms never impoverish;
murder will speak out of stone walls.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Problem: attitude.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

For man with no forgiveness in heart,
life worse punishment than death.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

Change is the essential process of all existence.
- Spock character in Star Trek

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

The movie character Forrest Gump describing life
as being "like a box of chocolates,"
is such a positive upbeat way of
characterizing the uncertainty of life.
I have no idea what life will give me next,
but whatever it is, it will be sweet.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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