67 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.

  1. 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  |  

  2. 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  |  

  3. Tolerance is a fundamental character trait of great people and a part of the attitudes and practices of those we admire and respect. People without tolerance are diminished and poor. John K. Carmack, Tolerance
    Respect Quotes   |    

  4. 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   |

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

  7. Patience is not simply one thing. It is a concept that transcends many areas of our personal makeup and affects nearly every characteristic and behavior we possess or act on. James O'Donnell, How to Become Patient
    Patience   |

  8. Your character defines who you are by the actions you take.
    Action   |

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

  10. 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   |

  11. 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   |

  12. 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  |

  13. 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
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  14. Before we determine character from behavior, we must consider the context. Dr. Stephen Lennox, God With Us
    Inspirational Sayings  |

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

  17. 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   |

  18. Better to be a man of character than a man of means. Irish Proverbs
    Meaningful   |

  19. 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   |

  20. 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
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  21. 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
    Motivational   |

  22. At the beginning of this new century the pace of change and the scope of the challenge to human life will make a Christian ethic founded on good character more important than ever before. David W. Gill, Becoming Good
    Change   |  

  23. 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   |

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

  26. 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  |

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

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

  29. 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  |  

  30. 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   |  

  31. 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   |  

  32. 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   |  

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

  35. You are your most important critic and your conscience your most important judge of character. Denis Waitley Quotes

  36. 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
    Experience  |

  37. Profound sincerity is the only basis of talent as of character.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Motivational Quotes About Life   |

  38. Some are blessed with physical and mental facility, but none are more prized than the one who has developed true character. Greg Henry Quinn
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  39. 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   |    

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

  41. 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   |  

  42. 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
    Generosity   |  

  43. 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   |  

  44. Over time, for better or worse, most leaders exhibit consistent sistent patterns of leadership behavior. The pattern shapes their reputation (how they are known and perceived by others), is considered sidered a reflection of their character, and largely determines their standing and status with others. Gene Klann. Building Character
    Leadership   |  

  45. Primary greatness is on the inside. It's about character. Stephen Covey
    Greatness   |  

  46. 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   |  

  47. 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   |

  48. 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  |

  49. . . . 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   |

  50. Power really is a test of character. In the hands of a person of integrity, it is of tremendous benefit; in the hands of a tyrant, it causes terrible destruction. John Maxwell
    Integrity Quotes |

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

  53. What is character discernment? It is simply being able to tell the "sheep from the goats" in your life, evaluating who is good for you, and who isn't. And those who are good for us we call "safe people," those individuals who truly make us better people by their presence in our lives. Henry Cloud, Safe People
    Poems about Life   |

  54. 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   |  

  55. 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
    God   |

  56. Take on God's character of Love and learn to love and forgive ourselves. Dawna Hetzler, Walls of a Warrior
    Love   |  

  57. 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
    Learning  |    

  58. 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   |  

  59. . . . 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
    Encouraging   |

  60. Your character is so much more important than your looks. Scott Sanford
  61. Your character is so much more important than your looks. Scott Sanford, Why Working Out Matters
    Funny   |

  62. No matter what the job is, its description focuses on two things: what the employee needs to know, and what the employee needs to do. Knowledge and skill are essential qualities in any employee. But are they enough? Isn't there another aspect of a job candidate's profile that is at least as important as knowledge and skill - namely, that person's character? Bruce Weinstein, The Good Ones
    Encouraging Poems   |

  63. 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?
    Personal Development   |

  64. 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
    Effort  |   

  65. 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   |  

  66. 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   |  

  67. Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It's a state of mind - you could call it character in action. Vince Lombardi
    Mindset  |  

  68. 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
  69. 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
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  70. The winds of life - the conflicts, pressures, changes - will bend us but if we have resiliency of the spirit they cannot break us. To courageously straighten up again after our heads have been bowed by defeat, disappointment and suffering is a supreme test of character. Wilfred Peterson
    Courage   |  

  71. . . .when virtue shrinks to only "my team" or "my tribe," then we start our walk down the slippery slope. We best mitigate risk when we take into account the widest possible concern. This does not mean that I will never fire someone, lay someone off, or sue someone. It does mean that I will strive to respect everyone to the best of my imperfect ability. Peter J. Rea, Exception to the Rule
    Appreciation Poems   |  

  72. Your character is formed by the challenges you face and overcome. Nick Vujicic, Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action
    Overcoming   |  

  73. To understand personality it is necessary to study character formation. Margaret Mead
    Motivational Poems   |  

  74. The development and contributing factors to good character is the continual process of understanding the components and actions of love. It is these components that provide the guidance for compassion, integrity, behaviors and actions that transcend living only for self. Byron R. Pulsifer
    Inspirational Poems   |  

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