Quotations On Character

  • How wonderfully beautiful is the delineation of the characters of the three patriarchs in Genesis! To be sure if ever man could, without impropriety, be called, or supposed to be, "the friend of God," Abraham was that man. We are not surprised that Abimelech and Ephron seem to reverence him so profoundly. He was peaceful, because of his conscious relation to God.—S.T. COLERIDGE.
  • The great hope of society is individual character.—CHANNING.
  • A man is known to his dog by the smell, to his tailor by the coat, to his friend by the smile; each of these know him, but how little or how much depends on the dignity of the intelligence. That which is truly and indeed characteristic of the man is known only to God.—RUSKIN.
  • Never does a man portray his own character more vividly than in his manner of portraying another.—RICHTER.
  • There are beauties of character which, like the night-blooming cereus, are closed against the glare and turbulence of every-day life, and bloom only in shade and solitude, and beneath the quiet stars.—TUCKERMAN.
  • There are many persons of whom it may be said that they have no other possession in the world but their character, and yet they stand as firmly upon it as any crowned king.—SAMUEL SMILES.
  • The man that makes a character makes foes.—YOUNG.
  • He's truly valiant that can wisely sufferThe worst that man can breathe;And make his wrongs his outsides,To wear them like his raiment, carelessly;And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart,To bring it into danger.—Shakespeare.
  • Every man has three characters—that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.—ALPHONSE KARR.
  • You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good.—LAVATER.
  • Give me the character and I will forecast the event. Character, it has in substance been said, is "victory organized."—BOVEE.
  • A good character is in all cases the fruit of personal exertion. It is not inherited from parents, it is not created by external advantages, it is no necessary appendage of birth, wealth, talents, or station; but it is the result of one's own endeavors.—HAWES.
  • Actions, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell characters.—LAVATER.
  • The best rules to form a young man are to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one's own opinions, and value others that deserve it.—SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE.
  • All men are like in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.—BOVEE. 
  • Brains and character rule the world. The most distinguished Frenchman of the last century said, "Men succeed less by their talents than their character." There were scores of men a hundred years ago who had more intellect than Washington. He outlives and overrides them all by the influence of his character.—WENDELL PHILLIPS.