Quotes About Character

A good place to retrieve quotes about character. We hope you enjoy these inspirational quotes and sayings on character. This attribute is one that cannot be borrowed, stolen, or invented by acting but rather by building upon life experiences grounded in the ethics and values of youth. To build on ones character means that you will be noticed without having to brag or to even flaunt your own virtues. While others may try to mask their lack of character by acting, true character shines through no matter the circumstances or situation. Share these quotes and sayings with a new graduate to remind them the importance of character.
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Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. Albert Einstein

Character is a commodity that cannot be bought, cannot be stolen, and cannot be borrowed from any other. Byron Pulsifer

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

Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece - by thought, choice, courage, and determination. H. J. Brown

The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character. Lyndon Johnson

Character is something no one can take from you when you are true to your values and ethics. Byron Pulsifer

The people "have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge - I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers. John Adams

In a president, character is everything. A president doesn't have to be brilliant. He doesn't have to be clever; you can hire clever. You can hire pragmatic, and you can buy and bring in policy wonks. But you can't buy courage and decency, you can't rent a strong moral sense. A president must bring those things with him. He needs to have, in that much maligned word, but a good one nonetheless, a "vision" of the future he wishes to create. But a vision is worth little if a president doesn't have the character - the courage and heart - to see it through. Peggy Noonan

Change is one of the toughest paths you'll traverse, but with honesty and hard work, you'll see that your character is something you can develop and is not an invariable given to you at birth. Milton Katselas,
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If you tell me how you get your feeling of importance, I'll tell you what you are. That determines your character.
Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends and Influence People

A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's.
Jean Paul Richter

Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
John Wooden

Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
Elbert Hubbard

Character is habit long continued.
Greek Proverb

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

A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
Henry Ward Beecher

Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
Jim Rohn

Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character.
Calvin Coolidge

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

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
Henry Ford

Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.
Napoleon Hill

The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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 M. Baruch

Love, hope, fear, faith - these make humanity; these are its sign and note and character.
Robert Browning

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
Billy Graham

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.
Zig Ziglar

A man's character reaches town before his person.
Danish Proverb

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
Henry David Thoreau

Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.
William Arthur Ward

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King


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