Quotations The Best Quotes About Character  

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A list of the best character quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous character quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic character quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational character quotes from that same writer.

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It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is. Henri-Frédéric Amiel
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Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Aristotle
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Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids. Aristotle
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As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. -- Proverbs 23:7
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It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered. Aeschylus
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During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think. Bernard Baruch
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Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be. Thomas Carlyle
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The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education. Maya Angelou
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The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself. Confucius
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Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Man's character is his fate. Heraclitus
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Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold. Euripides
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You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are. Les Brown
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Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character. Horace
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Integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus
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Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace. Gautama Buddha
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It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not. Jean de La Bruyère
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Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou Akhenaten
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Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it. Akhenaten
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Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion. Thomas Aquinas
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To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things Confucius
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Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. Anne Frank
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Character develops itself in the stream of life. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe