It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.


Character, not circumstances, make the man.

Booker T. Washington

Character is power.

Booker T. Washington

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

George Washington

The character of a man is known from his conversations.


You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.


Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain; but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.

Dale Carnegie

Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.


I take it as a man's duty to restrain himself.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Character must be kept bright as well as clean.

Lord Chesterfield

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.

Hermann Hesse

Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.

Oscar Levant

Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.

Heraclitus Of Ephesus

Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.

Carl Rogers

We falsely attribute to men a determined character - putting together all their yesterdays - and averaging them - we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support - it is worse than a large family - he is the silent poor indeed.

Henry David Thoreau

Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.


Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.

W. Somerset Maugham

It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.

Dale E. Turner

A man's character is his fate.


A person of definite character and purpose who comprehends our way of thought is sure to exert power over us. He cannot altogether be resisted; because, if he understands us, he can make us understand him, through the word, the look, or other symbol.

Charles Horton Cooley

Our an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.

George Santayana

You cannot build up a character in a solitude; you need a formed character to stand a solitude.

Austin O'Malley

Problem is there are too many sissies and prima donnas -- stop talking and get it done.

Orlando Mcguire

Character is long-standing habit.


It's not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.

Francis Bacon, Sr.

In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.

Francis Thompson

The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.

Thomas Sowell

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.

Thomas Paine

"I am bored" generally means "I am boring".

Dennis Prager

Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but character, health, knowledge and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions.

Roger Babson

Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.

Elihu Burritt

Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.

Joan Didion

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

John Wooden

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

James A. Froude

I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. Be kind.

Richard Greenberg

Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give; when to this truth you waken then you begin to live.

Bayard Taylor

The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.


As Cro-Magnon as it sounds, the problem with attitudes is some people have just never had their ass kicked -- and I don't mean necessarily in the physical sense.

Orlando Mcguire

You can't talk your way out of what you've behaved yourself into.

Stephen R. Covey

To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.

Marie Leneru

In this day and age, some turn 18 and think they're a man or a woman and that's it, but that's just not true. You have to establish your manhood or your womanhood with actions.

Orlando Mcguire

Shakespeare without Othello, Lear, Macbeth and Hamlet would be all too much like Hamlet without the prince.

Brand Blanshard

It is only an error in judgment to make a mistake, but it shows infirmity of character to adhere to it when discovered.

Christian Nevell Bovee

Only what we have wrought into our character during life can we take with us.

Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The formation of character in young people is educationally a different task from and a prior task to, the discussion of the great, difficult ethical controversies of the day.

William Bennett

Every man has three characters - that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.

Alphonse Karr

If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.

Andre Maurois

Thoughts lead on to purpose, purpose leads on to actions, actions form habits, habits decide character, and character fixes our destiny.

Tryon Edwards

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.

Elmer G. Letterman

I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.

Nathaniel Emmons

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln

A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.

Mark Twain

One can acquire everything in solitude - except character.

Marie Henri Beyle

The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.

Anne Frank

A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.

Frederick Douglass

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Strong feelings do not necessarily make a strong character. The strength of a man is to be measured by the power of the feelings he subdues not by the power of those which subdue him.

William Carleton

The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

The man of character, sensitive to the meaning of what he is doing, will know how to discover the ethical paths in the maze of possible behavior.

Earl Warren

Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.

Elbert Hubbard

Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.


People show their character by what they laugh at.

German Proverb

Character is what God and the angels know of us; reputation is what men and women think of us.

Horace Mann

Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.

Baruch Spinoza

Education has for its object the formation of character.

Herbert Spencer

I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!

Theodore Roosevelt

The discipline of desire is the background of character.

John Locke

We are a kind of Chameleons, taking our hue - the hue of our moral character, from those who are about us.

John Locke

I used to be a lawyer, but now I am a reformed character.

Woodrow Wilson

You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.

Ronald Reagan

A character is a completely fashioned will.


Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Albert Einstein

We don't give up. We keep working and that's the character of the kids.

Leo Ellerbee

Anyone of good, moral character may join (the auxiliary).

Barbara Erickson

The character of a people may be ruined by charity.

Theodor Herzl

Pride sullies the noblest character.


I'm a character actor at heart.

Shuler Hensley

He wanted those kids to come back. He wants to win bad. That says a lot about the kid's character.

Greg Heier

It's completely in opposition to the community character.

Gil Jemmott

If that cavalier character (existed), rest assured, today it's dead.

Patrick Flanagan

For their record, they deserve to be in there, but their character has gone down.

Andy Pafko

I'm telling you, these kids have a lot of character. They've been through so much.

Mike Guthrie

Content of the character and intellect of our people.

Fred Mitchell

Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.

George Santayana

That was as much character as we've shown (this season).

Jon Hastings

That's a great team out there, We showed character.

Horace Jenkins

She's a character and she can hold her own with anybody. She's a competitor.

John Goodwin

I think that you always have something left, that you take something of the character with you.

Sean Bean

We're sorry the remarks were made. They are not in character with our committee.

Chuck Winder

I love it when ugliness is beautiful. I love character flaws.

Marcia Gay Harden

[The main character] realizes through unusual character that he has to come to terms with himself and is able to accept himself through art.

Pete Guither

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.

Robert E. Lee

A couple shots didn't go early and we panicked a little bit. We did some things that were out of character.

John Lentz

Where I think they are not warranted is in character assassinations.

Jonathan Rose

This year the team seems to possess a lot more character and more depth.

William Kennedy

I think he's going to be a fantastic new character.

Geoff Johns

I... had guys on the set who didn't like me... they weren't interested in the cold character.

Catherine Keener

I would assume most people hate my character. But I'm hoping that I'm the character you love to hate.

Charlotte Ross

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

Thomas Paine

We teach our guys it's all about character and class and we showed a lot of both.

Mickey Hardy

There's so much character and history in that than there ever would be in a Wal-Mart.

Chris Brewer

It's in his character. He wants to be that guy. He wants to carry that load, and that's a special characteristic to have.

Shane Victorino

This is the essence of character: the will and ability to put principle into action.

Scott Allen

I don't think I did anything out of character (for) any other 21-year-old.

Bobby Jenks

He's a real goofy personality. He's almost like a cartoon character.

Jeremy Burgess

[The character is] basically me if I didn't luck out and get into show business.

Artie Lange

In jargon: He's a character.

Raymond Patterson

A signature always reveals a man's character - and sometimes even his name.

Evan Esar

He's almost become a cartoon character. He's viewed as the most evil villain in baseball history.

Dan Holmes

They're going to try to drag her character through the mud. It's going to be bad, bad, bad.

Kristiana Bennett

I would have to say News Radio is the highlight of my career. I love the character so much.

Stephen Root

Damon's a very intelligent character, ... I certainly wouldn't bet against him having planned it all along.

Andy Ross

We're trying to push character into the surface.

Tom Meyer

This is out of character for Tony. He's led a law-abiding life. We don't know why things happened.

James Kilburn

We've just got to build more character as a team if we want that No. 1 spot.

Megan Biging

We showed a little character. It's good to know that we can come from behind.

Harvey Staver

I almost want to leave it up to her. She's absolutely beautiful, but she's beautiful on the inside, too. (The scars) add character.

Sheleen Wilks

I aspire to be like that character. He's honest. It's the things I'm thinking but not saying.

Larry David

You have to sort of see the way that the character behaves, and what the character says and does, and claim it in the same way that you claim anything, really.

Richard Roxburgh

It's a pretty despicable character. So to try to get the audience on your side before the actual brutality sets in was a bit of a challenge.

Paul Rudd

He's got a very good character, and he's confident ... he's very adamant that he's not guilty.

Richard Schonfeld

No character before its time. The scripts will dictate which is first.

Avi Arad

Damon and I came up with the idea that this character would die last spring.

Carlton Cuse

If you came to a rehearsal, you'd think 'what are you doing?' but it helps get into character.

Sarah Jones

I love my character. She's complex.

Angie Harrell

What would be nice would be if the mayor would do the right thing and resign, ... If he had any character whatsoever that's what he'd do.

Jerry Davis

We have a lot of good parents and kids with good character.

Billy Mills

And once that character came on, the ratings, like, doubled.

Ryan Murphy

A man's character is his guardian divinity.


It's a very cool place. It's a great place to shoot, there's character and charm to it.

Dylan Mcdermott

My initial response was to sue her for defamation of character, but then I realized that I had no character.

Charles Barkley

They all had to step up and they did. It shows a lot of character and a lot of heart.

Devin Scruggs

It takes a while to get used to being in character, ... I wasn't really comfortable being someone else.

John Clay

I think that's one of the central themes for [the character] Lincoln.

Dominic Purcell

Little Nate just got caught up with some friends in college. That wasn't his character.

Rhonda Goddard

The character of this park will not change. It is a natural area and will remain that way.

Walt Dabney

No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character.

John Morley

Our coaches are very personal. We go to church with them. They pray with us. They are men of character.

Jordan Neal

We showed a little character (coming back).

Casey Feroglia

I knew when I found those glasses, I found (the character).

Sissy Spacek

I was going to sue for defamation of character, but then I realised I have no character.

Charles Barkley

We?re going to find out what kind of character we have on Monday.

Tony Calcagni

The mountains have their own character.

Pepe Santana

Do what you know and perception is converted into character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The purpose of Zen is the perfection of character.

Yasutani Roshi

Don't mistake personality for character.

Wilma Askinas

The pitch has not changed character at all.

Anil Kumble

Nelson was a hugely complex character.

Colin White

I have to! It's a character flaw!!!

Frank Gorshin

Kerwin said how you bounce back determines your character.

Clifton Lee

That's me, that's my character.

Mateja Kezman

It's been totally nuts. My whole character is devotion.

Lorie Harmon

The only real possession you'll ever have is your character.

Tom Wolfe

Here in New England, the character is strong and unshakable.

Norman Rockwell

He was our living history museum. He was quite a character, in every way.

David Burnette

There will be a love triangle for my character.

Katherine Heigl

This is out of character. He's a good guy.

David Houston

He belonged here in Key West. He was a great character.

Joe Pais

As an actor, the biggest compliment you can get, in my book is for someone to believe that you're the character.

Matt Le Blanc

It features an animated character we call Sabrina who walks you through the process.

Stuart Green

Success is always temporary. When all is said and one, the only thing you'll have left is your character.

Vince Gill

It is sort of guitar and it is sort of melodic and it has got character.

Jason Donovan

He's an interesting character.

Ken Auletta

This character is just Annandale football.

Dick Adams

It's imperative to commit to always being your character 100 percent.

Craig Lowry

What the last one lacked in character, this one definitely made up for it.

Steve Anderson

This builds character. It's easy when it's going good.

Danny Sheaffer

It shows a lot about the character of the team.

Ryan Jensen

We have a lot of character, ... and it showed.

Shaun Williams

She impressed me because she knew even more than me about the character.

Fernando Meirelles

Character is that sum total of moments we can't explain.

George Saunders

A giant of a man who helped shape the character of the West.

Bob Peck

That's too bad. I think this is a quality team with a lot of character ... from the top down.

Brian Russell

When you heard that a mountain was moved, believe it; but when you hear that someone changed his character do not believe it.

Arabian Proverb

I really liked that my character was Jewish, yet she wasn't a stereotype.

Bebe Neuwirth

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.

Heywood C. Broun

We had to write character sketches. I was so intimidated.

Karen Brown

You've got to respect his character.

Jeff Perry

There will be no character named Icicle.

Harry Potter

This is really going to change the character of Superior.

Dave Ross

They displayed their character in standing up for what they believed in.

Paul Thayer

We had one bad series, but our kids answered it. Our kids had an answer and showed great character.

Phil Davis

It's always my favorite because I do some of the stuff the main character does.

Danielle Brown

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.

Japanese Proverb

To retain your character you need marketing. Without marketing, you can do nothing.

David Mason

My character, my mentality was shaped by the Boys and Girls club.

Amir Johnson

The actors are in character. They don't talk about the character; they talk as the character. It's really an interesting effect.

Mark French

Freedom and independence form my character.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Character is what you are in the dark.

African American Proverb

So many people know him because he is a character.

Wayne Rush

My pollertics, like my religion, being of an exceedin' accomodatin' character.

Artemus Ward (writer)

I pray to be of service to the playwright, the audience, the other actors and my character.

Lusia Strus