Character quotes page 2
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things
Everyone knows that weeds eat out the life of the garden and of the productive fields. The
gardener and farmer alike each has to keep the weeding process alive. It's like that in the
building and developing of character. No one knows our own faults and tendencies better
than we do ourselves, so that it is up to each one of us to keep the weeds out, and to keep
all growth vigorous and fruitful.
George Matthew Adams
There is no poverty where there is character, and no wealth or honor where character is
Thoughts lead on to purposes. Purposes go forth in action. Actions form habits. Habits decide
character. And character fixes our destiny.
For individuals, character is destiny. For organizations, culture is destiny.
What Confucius tells us to focus on first is not how to bring stability to the world, but how to
be the best possible version of ourselves. To "cultivate one's moral character" is the first step
towards taking responsibility for the nation, and for society. Confucius and his disciples
struggled hard to be "the best version" of themselves, but their aim in this was to better
carry out their responsibilities to the society in which they lived.
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often
unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.
Stephen R. Covey
Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they
Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before
marriage, which is never advisable.
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is
lost, all is lost.
A slave shows his true character, not while he is enslaved but when he becomes a master.
You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.
Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and
self denial. Also, and most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that
refuses to give in. It is a state of mind that you could call character in action.
A man's true character comes out when he's drunk.
That which you call your soul or spirit is your conciousness, and that which you call "free will"
is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice
that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character.
A noble ancestry cannot guarantee a noble character.
The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of
character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionaries are
philosophers and saints.
Every man, as to character, is the creature of the age in which he lives. Very few are able to
raise themselves above the ideas of their times.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think is laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Only by waiting is character known.
African proverb, Hausa
What distinguishes people with an extraordinary character from the rest of us is how they
respond when life sends one of its inevitable curves.
Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the
tree is the real thing.
The manner by which women are treated is a good criterion to judge the true state of
society. If we know but this one feature in a character of a nation, we may easily judge the
rest, for as society advances, the true character of women is discovered.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and
suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success
Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.
We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow.
With out them we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be
challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence.
H. G. Wells
Style is the image of character.
Character comes before the teacher.
African proverb, Hausa
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Character is always corrupted by prosperity.