Quotes about: character


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

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

Each of us is meant to have a character all our own, to be what no other can exactly be, and do what no other can exactly do.
– William Ellery Channing

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

The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do.
– John Holt

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
I do not think that the effect of good environment, of fine buildings, of pleasant homes, upon the character, temperament, will, disposition, and energy of the people sufficiently dawns upon the average citizen.
– Thomas Adams
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
– Aeschylus
Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth - don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.
– Aesop
Your source material is the people you know, not those you don't know, but every character is an extension of the author's own personality.
– Edward Albee
She had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners.
– Louisa May Alcott
It is a rare American who does not have some story about how music has made our lives richer and more interesting, how it has changed our moods, brought out the best in our character and even sometimes helped us earn a living.
– Lamar Alexander
I am confident that with the wholesome character of our American people, justice will prevail and liberty will endure.
– George Allen
The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
– James Allen
It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them -- the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath.
– Marian Anderson
I laugh when I end up on the worst-dressed lists. I'm not trying to be fashionable. I know I'm kind of a cartoon character. Do people honestly think I'm wearing a kafkan in order to be fashionable?
– Pamela Anderson
I am more spontaneous than my character.
– Gillian Anderson
The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
– Maya Angelou
What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
– Aristotle