Character Quotes

Let these character quotes and sayings inspire you to reflect on qualities of a character. As many famous people have written, your character is one thing you always want to be aware of. Your character determines your reputation.

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Helen Keller
Inspirational Quotes  |  

"Character is not something that you buy; it is not a commodity that can be bartered for; it is not a quality suited for only the rich and famous; rather, character is built upon the foundational commitment of love, honesty, and compassion for others."
Byron R. Pulsifer
Compassion  |  

"How we behave toward and around our children has much more influence on their character than if we only tell them about how they should or should not behave."
Russell Kolts, The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Managing Your Anger
Children   |

We are not just products of our past; people in our present also influence us and help mold our character. David Packer
"We are not just products of our past; people in our present also influence us and help mold our character."
David Packer, Encouragement
Influence   |

"Your character defines who you are by the actions you take."

Action   |

"What a man's mind can create, man's character should control."
Thomas Edison
Vision   |

"When people grow in character, they grow in the ability to set and receive boundaries in their marriages, and they mature."
Henry Cloud; John Townsend, Boundaries in Marriage
Marriage   |

"The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back."
Abigail Van Buren
Positive   |

"Good, honest, hardheaded character is a function of the home. If the proper seed is sown there and properly nourished for a few years, it will not be easy for that plant to be uprooted."
George A. Dorsey
Home  |

"Great and good character is often formed by imitation. And if we would shine in any sphere of life, we must consider some examples of illustrious men who have preceded us."
Samuel Davies
Example  |

"Before we determine character from behavior, we must consider the context."
Dr. Stephen Lennox, God With Us: An Introduction to the Old Testament
Inspirational Sayings  |

Never does a man portray his character more vividly than when proclaiming the character of another. Winston Churchill
"Never does a man portray his character more vividly than when proclaiming the character of another."
Winston Churchill
Wise  |

"We can depend on what other people think to determine our values. The problem is, the world often values the wrong things. For instance, the world emphasizes beauty over character, or tells us to pursue whatever feels good, or declares that whoever has the most possessions wins."
Rick Warren
Helping Others   |

"He (Dwight Eisenhower) gave us the strength of a great reputation, a great character, and an abiding sense of America's mission; he gave us, when all is said and done, the chance to live up to the best there is in us. Not very many presidents have ever given us more."
Kenneth S. Davis, Dwight Eisenhower
Dwight Eisenhower Quotes   |

"In the end, it is the person you become, not the things you achieve, that is most important."
Les Brown, Live Your Dreams: Say "YES" To Life
Achievement   |

"Sometimes refinement of character happens naturally as we grow older, but for many people that growth is fostered by spiritual practices adopted and followed in a disciplined way."
Rachel Cowan, Wise Aging
Age   |

"Character is one of the greatest motive powers in the world. In its noblest embodiments, it exemplifies human nature in its highest forms, for it exhibits man at his best."
Samuel Smiles, Character
Motivation   |

"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving."
Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People
Forgiveness   |

In order to persevere, a person often needs other character attributes such as open-mindedness. Rohen Phoenix
"In order to persevere, a person often needs other character attributes such as open-mindedness."
Rohen Phoenix, Confidence
Perseverance   |

"We live in a culture that teaches us to promote and advertise ourselves and to master the skills required for success, but that gives little encouragement to humility, sympathy, and honest self-confrontation, which are necessary for building character."
David Brooks, The Road to Character
Words of Encouragement  |

"Beauty has a lot to do with character."
Kevyn Aucoin
Beauty   |  

"Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Knowledge   |

"A man is known by the books he reads, by the company he keeps, by the praise he gives, by his dress, by his tastes, by his distastes, by the stories he tells, by his gait, by the notion of his eye, by the look of his house, of his chamber; for nothing on earth is solitary but every thing hath affinities infinite."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Books  |  

"Our attitude can be seen in our character, how we approach things, what our beliefs are, our perspective on issues, how we approach life, our position on topics, basically our view on life."
Catherine Pulsifer, Attitude Determines Everything
Believe   |  

"Another excellent character trait is persistence. No matter whom you are or where you serve or work, persistence will pay off in many ways."
Joe Allen and David Donaldson, How to be Successful
Persistence   |  

"It can be said that any one person's overall character and demeanor is but a reflection of the sum total of his or her thoughts."
Beau Norton, How to Find Peace
Attitude Quotes   |  

Develop your character so that you are a person of integrity. Peter Cain
"Develop your character so that you are a person of integrity."
Peter Cain, Dating Advice
Honesty   |

Our character is a composite of people we have watched, experiences we have had, but completely relies on the decisions that we make.
Scott Schwab, Standing Accountable: Increase Your Success by Holding Yourself Responsible
Experience  |

"Profound sincerity is the only basis of talent as of character."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Success And Value   |

"Some are blessed with physical and mental facility, but none are more prized than the one who has developed true character."
Greg Henry Quinn
Blessed Quotes   |  

"Those who truly believe in their potential and know they can succeed have always pushed on forward, which basically reveals a strong character and the desire to be successful."
Stephen Steel, Instant Confidence
Potential   |

"Don't be fooled by those who say such things, for 'bad company corrupts good character.'"
1 Corinthians 15:33 (NLT)
Good  |

"It's wonderful to have so many opportunities to work on ourselves. It's not just the number of character defects that can keep us busy, it's also the endless facets that each presents."
Anne Wilson Schaef
Opportunity   |  

"Generosity of character is important. It builds confidence by reminding you that you are a decent human being, and that you deserve any good things which might come your way."
John Franz, Confidence: Winning the Game of Life by Developing a Confident Mindset
Generosity   |  

One test of a person's character is this: Will you lie? E. Stanley Jones
"One test of a person's character is this: Will you lie?"
E. Stanley Jones
Truth   |  

"Your (Thomas Jefferson) character in history may easily be foreseen. Your administration will be quoted by philosophers as a model of profound wisdom; by politicians, as weak, superficial, and shortsighted."
John Adams, letter to Jefferson, July 1813
Thomas Jefferson Quotes   |  

"Your reputation is in the hands of others. That's what a reputation is. You can't control that. The only thing you can control is your character."
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Famous Quotes   |  

"Christian character isn't born overnight! If we want souls that are strong and noble, beautiful in their reflection of the image of God, we must expect them to grow that way only through our personal search and lengthy pondering."
Al Bryant
Faith   |

"Our characters are refined and tried by fire and when we have gone through the furnace, we emerge as pure gold and silver."
Edward Dunedin, Inspirational Quotes And Idioms On Life
Challenge  |

". . . a person that remains successful over the long run has to have certain qualities within their character. One of the biggest qualities of such a person is their ability to do things whether they feel like it or not."
Peter Jenner, Self Discipline
Success Quotes   |

"When you tried to realistically assess your faults, you were looking primarily at the character defects which stood in the way of getting what you want. This means that, even if it was on a subconscious level, you have had some semblance of an idea regarding your true goals all along."
Rohen Phoenix, Confidence
Goals   |  

Having a happiness that is built into your character helps you to gain confidence. Steven Spencer
"Having a happiness that is built into your character helps you to gain confidence."
Steven Spencer, Confidence
Confidence   |

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."
Abraham Lincoln
Life   |  

"The reality is that the more God reveals to us of His character and ways, the more we realize how little we really know and how much we have yet to learn."
Bill Vincent, Glory: Revival Presence of God
God   |

"Take on God's character of Love and learn to love and forgive ourselves."
Dawna Hetzler, Walls of a Warrior: Conquering the fears of our hearts
Love   |  

"First, committing to something higher gives you the chance to cultivate a character of selflessness. When you commit to something higher than yourself, you learn to appreciate others."
Pastor J.A. Clarkson, 10 Habits Of A Successful, Spiritual and Lasting Relationship
Appreciation   |  

"If we are truly honest with ourselves, we can see that we each have many characteristic flaws. Especially when we are tired or hungry; these are the times that our character is tested."
Sean PI, Forgiveness: The Miracle of Forgiveness
Miracle   |  

". . . there are limits to what we can or should do to please another. We are not asking for full-on character changes. We are asking for modifications that will smooth out our frustrations with each other."
Linda Drevenstedt, Life Path by Design
Change   |  

Your character is so much more important than your looks. Scott Sanford
"Your character is so much more important than your looks."
Scott Sanford, Why Working Out Matters
Nails That Destroy   |

"Positive character traits are something you can and should develop. There is a core group of character traits that every member of the human family needs to have. People don't always agree on which six or ten core traits these are. But most experts include traits like love or caring, respect for life, honesty or trustworthiness, responsibility, justice, and fairness."
Barbara A. Lewis, What Do You Stand For? For Teens: A Guide to Building Character
Personal Development   |

"The Lord cares about a leader's lifestyle and character, not just his gifts and anointing. While the gifts of the Spirit are given freely, character development comes only with time, at great personal effort. This is why God invests time into His leaders, disciplining them, stretching them, and developing in them the character they need to become vessels of honor for His use."
Frank Damazio, Character All Leaders Must Have: Becoming a Person of Integrity
Effort  |

"Every one person who trusts you will spread the word of that trust to at least a few of their associates, and word of your character will spread like wildfire. The value of the trust others have in you is far beyond anything that can be measured."
Kevin Allen, 10 Guiding Principles of The Ethical Entrepreneur
Trust   |  

"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."
J.K. Rowling
Top Ten Quotes   |  

"Character is not cut in marble - it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing, and may become diseased as our bodies do."
George Eliot
Inspirational Thoughts   |  

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