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



» 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.

» 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.

» She had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners.

» 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.

» I am confident that with the wholesome character of our American people, justice will prevail and liberty will endure.

» 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.

» 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.

» 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.

» 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.

» Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.

» I'm a died-in-the-wool Canadian liberal so there's certain aspects of my character that would have like to have seen a Democratic victory in this nation here, but now that the President has bee re-elected I think its incumbent upon us to all stop moping and give him the 4 years to finish off this conflict.

» It is soldiers who pay most of the human cost. In war it is extraordinary how it all comes down to the character of one man.

» There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.

» If taxes are laid upon us without our having a legal representation where they are laid, we are reduced from the character of free subjects to the state of tributary slaves.

» Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.

» Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.

» An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual.

» In the best farce to-day we start with some absurd premise as to character or situation, but if the premises be once granted we move logically enough to the ending.

» If you are passionate and truthful, you find success. There are a more people who have lasted forever as actors earlier because films used to be character driven and now they are mostly plot driven. Much of the most delicate work being done today is on television. It often has the best acting because of their ability to be truthful.

» For me it is beautiful that because there is a character in the film that speaks with a Spanish accent, the Spanish-speakers answer to that. The studios know that there is an audience there that shouldn't be misused. They are part of the American melting pot.

» 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.

» 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.

» The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world.

» The discipline you learn and character you build from setting and achieving a goal can be more valuable than the achievement of the goal itself.

» In each human heart are a tiger, a pig, an ass and a nightingale. Diversity of character is due to their unequal activity.

» I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose. Besides, practice forms a man to anything.

» I put myself into character for my songs.

» Highly educated young people are tutored, taught and monitored in all aspects of their lives, except the most important, which is character building. When it comes to this, most universities leave them alone.

» Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.

» It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.

» It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.

» No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.

» Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.

» I don't prefer the guest star, one-shots. The arcs are more interesting because they give you more time to work through the character and they tend to give you more close-ups, which is what television is all about.

» I sort of leave the character at the end of the day. I don't carry anything around with me - no excess baggage or unnecessary thoughts. I think it's too exhausting to do that. To put things into perspective - your work is your work, and your leisure time is something else.

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

» Blood is stronger than water; and, if either individual or national character be worth a farthing, it is not to be annihilated by any union - the multitudinous seas will not wash it out.

» I'm sure it would be fun annihilating all my enemies too. I'm not really drawn to that, but as a character I can see it being a lot of fun.

» Your morals and general character are strictly inquired into; it is therefore expected that you will improve every leisure moment in the acquirement of knowledge of your profession and you will recollect that a good moral character is essential to your high standing in the Navy.

» We not only interpret the character of events... we may also interpret our interpretations.

» I always start from scratch with a character - they're never based on anyone else. You get ideas of what people look like, and I'm a great people watcher. You can draw inspiration from people.

» Actually, I get a little say in what my character would or wouldn't do.

» Someone called my character the Meg Ryan of the Broken Hearts bunch. Now maybe the perception is that I'm a Meg Ryan type.

» Getting the audience to cry for the Terminator at the end of T2, for me that was the whole purpose of making that film. If you can get the audience to feel emotion for a character that in the previous film you despised utterly and were terrified by, then that's a cinematic arc.

» I'll spare you the actors' pretentious rubbish, but a face reflects experience, so if you concentrate on a character something happens to you physically. Many actors look at the costume before the part, and that seems crazy to me. It's much more fun to be ugly. Not that I think I'm ugly, but I've never considered myself good-looking.

» I'm in four different films this year, and I have four different accents. I sound different in every film. You have to love a character to play it well, and change in my work is what I want.

» To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.

» People assume that for me to play a sexually open character like Samantha, I must have had fabulous sex for most of my life.

» The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.

» Life at university, with its intellectual and inconclusive discussions at a postgraduate level is on the whole a bad training for the real world. Only men of very strong character surmount this handicap.

» Sometimes apparent resemblance of character will bring two men together and for a certain time unite them. But their mistake gradually becomes evident, and they are astonished to find themselves not only far apart, but even repelled, in some sort, at all their points of contact.

» 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.

» Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do.

» A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.

» I pride myself on my capacity to perceive the transitory character of everything. An odd gift which spoiled all my joys; better: all my sensations. I have decided not to oppose anyone ever again, since I have noticed that I always end by resembling my latest enemy.

» Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the gratefully and appreciating heart.

» The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife.

» You jot down ideas, memories, whatever, concerning your real life that somehow parallels the character you're playing, and you incorporate that in your scene work.

» Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.

» Public behavior is merely private character writ large.

» The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency.

» If you ever come to feel any doubt of my character or of my heartfelt devotion to you... the title of Father of My Country will give me no additional honor, but will be a reproach to you, either for your hasty action in conferring the appellation upon me, or for your inconsistency in changing your estimate of my character.

» There is no glory in war, yet from the blackness of its history, there emerge vivid colours of human character and courage. Those who risked their lives to help their friends.

» The purpose of Christianity is not to avoid difficulty, but to produce a character adequate to meet it when it comes. It does not make life easy; rather it tries to make us great enough for life.

» Reduced to its lowest terms, the great struggle which now rocks the whole earth more and more takes on the character of a struggle of the individual versus the state.

» Nor is it out of character that Chicago's grandest achievement- a largely manmade arc of lakefront parks and beaches - began as a mistake. from waste thrown into Lake Michigan a 75-year-old dump.

» It seems that in a lot of foreign countries the crime novel is placed on a higher shelf and recognized more as a method of holding up a mirror to society. In the US there is more of a sense that these are entertainments or puzzles first, social investigations or character studies second. Consequently, when I have traveled overseas the questions I tend to get from media and people at book signings tend to be more in regard to the deeper themes and subjects of the books.

» One can't, just by writing out line formulas on a two-dimensional sheet of paper, get a feeling for the three-dimensional character of a compound.

» History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstances.

» Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.

» I want to do is a character-driven porn movie. It's all going to be about characters, and the porn's gonna grow all out of the character's and it's going to serve as character development.

» With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in man, than any other association of men.

» I don't think of myself as a character actress - that's become a phrase which means you've had it.

» I couldn't deal with playing a character who rides motorcycles and has a leather jacket and is a tough kid, y'know?

» I like to be able to play a character and act out a lot of things which I can't or don't do in my normal everyday life.

» I really don't know what I'm doing... I don't. It's terrible. I go in there and I learn how to be like the character and do the best I can, and that's all I really do.

» It was the simple fact that there was probably not a cooler character on earth that I could play.

» The best thing about acting is that I get to lose myself in another character and actually get paid for it... It's a great outlet. I'm not really sure who I am-it seems I change every day.

» Alice is much a focused rebellion, he's a fantastic cartoon character almost, if you like, and therefore he's still successful today-my kid, 11 years old, loves Alice Cooper.

» There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.

» There is no index of character so sure as the voice.

» You can construct the character of a man and his age not only from what he does and says, but from what he fails to say and do.

» I've actually never been interested in sci-fi. The X-files was a job I auditioned for because I liked the script, and I liked the character of Mulder. At that time, it was a lot different to the kind of roles I'd done, which were more sexual. And I found this character to be edgier and more asexual. The same happened with Evolution. I took the role because I wanted to do a comedy.

» Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there.

» Moderate desires constitute a character fitted to acquire all the good which the world can yield. He who has this character is prepared, in whatever situation he is, therewith to be content and has learned the science of being happy.

» What a man's mind can create, man's character can control.

» Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.

» Crime seems to change character when it crosses a bridge or a tunnel. In the city, crime is taken as emblematic of class and race. In the suburbs, though, it's intimate and psychological - resistant to generalization, a mystery of the individual soul.

» One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.

» Every great institution is the lengthened shadow of a single man. His character determines the character of the organization.

» Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.

» Remarkable trait in the American Character is the union, not very infrequent, of Yankee cleverness with spiritualism.

» Knowledge has outstripped character development, and the young today are given an education rather than an upbringing.

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

» One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.

» I always knew I wanted to be a character in the movies. When I was growing up, I had to have a lot of surgery, and I spent a lot of time recovering at home and in the hospital. Watching movies took me away from my own problems and gave me a total escape.

» Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.

» A man without decision of character can never be said to belong to himself. He belongs to whatever can make captive of him.

» It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.

» How true Daddy's words were when he said: all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.

» Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.

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

» The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize the intimate connection between wetting the bed and the character trait of ambition.

» From slavery to segregation, we remember that America did not always live up to its ideals. In fact, we often fell far short of them. But we also learned that fundamental to our national character is the drive to live out the true meaning of our creed.

» I think if you play a character that is fearless, then it's boring. I think that's what was so incredible about Harrison Ford, is that he always seemed like he was never going to survive it, he's always scared, and yet he always does survive it somehow.

» To be a character who feels a deep emotion, one must go into the memory's vault and mix in a sad memory from one's own life.

» Technique is of less interest than character and story.

» The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor.

» A dissolute character is more dissolute in thought than in deed. And the same is true of violence. Our violence in word and deed is but a feeble echo of the surging violence of thought in us.

» Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.

» There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.

» Deep Space Nine was also fun. I was kind of hoping that they would have my character back some time. Here was a guy who felt so inadequate and he turned evil in order to get what he felt he deserved. It was such a fascinating part to play. The cast and crew were incredibly supportive and welcoming to me.

» The power that an artist can have to move people, I just want to equip myself better with those kind of skills. I see myself as a character actor, not as a leading actor, and in something like Time of Your Life, I'm being asked to strengthen my chops and take some responsibilities. There's some kind of deepening that needs to be done.

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

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

» Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.

» Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.

» The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.

» There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.

» Radio wasn't so bad because you didn't have to memorize the lines. But you did have to do everything because your own character was in your voice-that took a little doing. Most people thought that if you could speak English or read then you could be a radio actor. Well, that wasn't so. You had to put a great deal into your reading to convince somebody who was just listening that a certain character is speaking.

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

» It takes a long time to educate a community and it can't be done by spellbinders, moneybags, hypnotizers or magicians or Aladdin's lamp. Character is what matters on a paper.

» Benny Hill's character is this twisted sexual deviant who professes his love for obese women, which I thought was so funny. There was nothing like that in this movie, so I thought it would be fun to play my character as someone who had no social graces, yet was embittered by the fact he was universally refused by women.

» A major character has to come somehow out of the unconscious.

» The moment comes when a character does or says something you hadn't thought about. At that moment he's alive and you leave it to him.

» In hard-core science fiction in which characters are responding to a change in environment, caused by nature or the universe or technology, what readers want to see is how people cope, and so the character are present to cope, or fail to cope.

» Acting is not that far from mental disease: An actor works on splitting his character into others. It is like a kind of schizophrenia.

» I usually start with a repulsive character and go on from there.

» It's a challenge to take a character and make sure he ages correctly and make sure he looks like he would look if he were to get a year older.

» If you are inclined to leave your character solitary for any considerable length of time, better question yourself. Fiction is association, not withdrawal.

» It is the addition of strangeness to beauty that constitutes the romantic character in art.

» The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.

» I was very limited in what I could do with flying saucers, because they're just a metal disc. I had to try and put character in as if they were intelligently guided.

» I think Giles' journey has been fascinating. I think that's what made it such a joy to play. The character was never static; you never knew what his deal was. And you still don't know what his deal is. The conflicts I was given to play are not soapy, they're not silly things or huge story arcs.

» Most horror films fail to scare me. I think The Ring plays more as a psychological thriller. It's smarter, there's more character development and some of the themes explored go a little deeper.

» To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.

» A man's character is his guardian divinity.

» 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.

» Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.

» To be honest, I think for part of my late teens my character didn't really develop very much. I was in a state of cold storage.

» The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness.

» The things that unite the Australian and American people are shared values: the belief that the individual is more important than the state, that strong families are a nation's greatest asset, that competitive free enterprise is the ultimate foundation of national wealth, and that the worth of a person is determined by that person's character and hard work, not by their religion or race or colour or creed or social background.

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

» Nudes are the greatest to paint. Everything you can find in a landscape or a still life or anything else is there: darkness and light, character dimension, texture. I painted heads too, of course.

» One of the many reasons for the bewildering and tragic character of human existence is the fact that social organization is at once necessary and fatal. Men are forever creating such organizations for their own convenience and forever finding themselves the victims of their home-made monsters.

» Englishmen have very noble and excellent qualities which I should like to see imitated here, but I should not like to imitate them in everything. I like our own habits and character better, they are more consonant to my nature; I like our own turn of thought, our own characteristics, and above all I like our own language.

» I believe for example that the character of the people has deteriorated in the east of the County Leitrim and in the County Lonford, where Irish died out a generation ago.

» He has the common feeling of his profession. He enjoys a statement twice as much if it appears in fine print, and anything that turns up in a footnote... takes on the character of divine revelation.

» I think theatre has given me the opportunity to show what a character actor I can be.

» In the opulence of its set, its cast was remarkably adept and it was richly endowed with character actors able, indeed anxious, to play cameo roles.

» Out of our beliefs are born deeds; out of our deeds we form habits; out of our habits grows our character; and on our character we build our destiny.

» I think you always learn something in every character you play onstage, either personally or creatively.

» I think people are shocked when I do other characters. Right now I'm doing a little workshop play in New York and at the Groundlings [an L.A. improv troupe] and I play a completely other character - I think they are shocked when I'm not Jack. Slowly people are seeing outside of the box and realizing that I became an actor to play other roles and not just one role for the rest of my life. I'm writing stuff for myself, too, because some people don't get that I want to do other things.

» I'm a character actor at heart.

» A university's essential character is that of being a center of free inquiry and criticism-a thing not to be sacrificed for anything else.

» I like to get into a situation that is real, where I can say, 'Here's a chance to react as a human being, not some wound-up doll or robot that goes round and round a track, or a cardboard cut-out like the character I played in 'The Towering Inferno'.

» 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.

» I was lucky to be able to call Christopher Reeve a friend.His passion for life and for improving the lives of all Americans serves an inspiration to all of us. He may have played the character of Superman in the movies, but he lived the role of a superman through his life.

» I always try to find something I admire about every character I play.

» I always try to make whatever character I'm playing a completely whole human being, with integrity, morality-or the lack of. I try to give the audience an opportunity of looking at the screen and recognising something.

» I do despair sometimes. I was working with an actor recently who was so passionate to get into the role of a... borderline personality case, to say the least, that he would be shouting and screaming and pumping up and doing press-ups before the take and kicking the furniture - and hurting his hand once he banged it so hard... he forgot all his lines! Forgot everything, he'd exhausted the character off the set and arrived a wreck.

» It's always very touching when you find a character on the screen who is fiercely defending your character.

» The close up in any great film is also telling the audience exactly where that character is. So you see it's very cinematographic stuff. Shakespeare lends itself so beautifully to film.

» The trick is to try and justify every word on the page and make sure my character is the man who would say that.

» For me, each nuance of a color is in some way an individual, a being who is not only from the same race as the base color, but who definitely possesses a distinct character and personal soul.

» I'm always looking for a low-budget script with an interesting character to play.

» The serial number of a human specimen is the face, that accidental and unrepeatable combination of features. It reflects neither character nor soul, nor what we call the self. The face is only the serial number of a specimen.

» Whenever I play a role, whether it's good or bad, an evil person or nice person, I believe in being a purist and going all the way with the role. If I'm going to be a villainous wrestler, I believe in going all the way with it and not breaking character and not giving away to the audience that I'm playing a role. I believe in playing it straight to the hilt.

» I do give a great deal of forethought and zone in on character and all sorts of things like that. Never before have I just stuffed something away in the back cupboard of my brain because it was just such a crazy concept.

» The life and legacy of Ronald Reagan so shifted the paradigm of the American Presidency and the character of our nation that it becomes easy to overlook some of the smaller, more personal changes he brought to his office.

» Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country - and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.

» Have not prisons - which kill all will and force of character in man, which enclose within their walls more vices than are met with on any other spot of the globe - always been universities of crime?

» I wasn't a kid who moved out from Iowa with aspirations of becoming a famous star-I was intrigued by the idea of filmmaking and by the idea of what it would be like to play a character in a movie.

» I was assured that my role as Lila Quartermaine would remain open, The writers had already written the storyline that my character had been in a serious automobile accident. Going back to work did more to speed my recovery than all the medication and treatment. It was the best therapy.

» The thing is, I want to play real characters and not all girls can be pretty. The thing is, you get these girls who say 'I'm a character actor' then you see them in a role and nothing has really changed but the outfit.

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

» You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.

» I think sometimes I'm more fond of doing the research for the character because you learn so much. Sometimes shooting is really difficult because you wake up early and you're always hurrying. And sometimes I don't know what I'm doing. I'm here and there.

» Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly.

» Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.

» 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.

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

» I mean, Jim's Dad is the character - you're not just laughing at what he's saying, you're laughing at who he is... On SCTV , we used to say, 'If somebody were to look at these scripts, they would wonder, who's investing money in putting this on?' Because you can't find a joke, you can't find, honestly, a funny line.

» I'll look at the script and go, 'This is great. Ooooh, and I love this character, [but] I'm not thrilled with the way it's written.' But you can see how the character should work. So I usually do a lot of re-writing to make sure the character comes through my own eyes.

» Each of my symphonies has a fresh character with a specific definition of their own.

» The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.

» I love exploring psychology and getting inside someone's head or exploring the dynamics of how couples behave, and I would love to continue finding projects where I have the chance to address those kinds of issues. And sometimes there are going to be moments in my life where I will probably want to play some wild or sick character just to shake things up. I can't just be that nice, reserved guy all the time!

» I might have some character traits that some might see as innocence or naive. That's because I discovered peace and happiness in my soul. And with this knowledge, I also see the beauty of human life.

» Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is... the highway to success.

» Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day.

» Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day.

» The American character looks always as if it had just had a rather bad haircut, which gives it, in our eyes at any rate, a greater humanity than the European, which even among its beggars has an all too professional air.

» Acting is a very personal process. It has to do with expressing your own personality, and discovering the character you're playing through your own experience - so we're all different.

» The character of a man is known from his conversations.

» You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

» Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and courage which it contained.

» Every man should be considered as having a right to the character which he deserves; that is, to be spoken of according to his actions.

» He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid.

» Plots and character don't make life. Life is here and now, anytime you say the word, anytime you let her rip.

» The character of our enemies testifies to America's greatness.

» The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.

» I'd love to play a gangster but I think people might say I looked a bit too young and cheeky to play a character who'd just blown someones head off!

» Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.

» The remarkable character of this achievement is evident in view of the fact that in the period from 1893 to 1898 more than sixty-five per cent of all the railroad mileage in the United States went into the hands of receivers.

» In the original script, my character was a basketball player rather than a boxer. I didn't think I could pull that off. I'm a little short to be a basketball player!

» The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.

» For 15 years, I've been playing the same character - which is myself - and I'm bored with 'myself'.

» I don't know how many times I can sit there and talk about my character or my life. It's interesting to talk about experiences in the context of something you're doing for somebody else, and particularly if you can persuade others to join you in your support.

» I'd rather go back to waitressing than play a character that I hate.

» The fact that someone is an unattractive character with followers holding rather odd theology, does not mean that they have no civil, legal or constitutional rights. Calling such a group a cult should not deprive them of their rights.

» The long-established and noble rule of Law, one of the greatest products of the character and tradition of British history, has suffered a deadly blow. Blackmail has become respectable.

» A man of character in peace is a man of courage in war.

» Francis had always been ecumenical in his atheism. He was a sprepared to disbelieve in this Tolca character as he was to disbelieve in Yahweh, Jesus, Buddha, Vishnu or any of the other words for what his father used to call forcing yourself to misperceive the obvious.

» My job is the same, whether they've got a hundred million or half a million. I go in and I play that character to the best of my ability.

» We've got very few bodies right now so we were tired, but we've also got a lot of character and we want to win.

» My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.

» I was always a character actor. I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.

» Altered opinions do not alter a man's character (or do so very little); but they do illuminate individual aspects of the constellation of his personality which with a different constellation of opinions had hitherto remained dark and unrecognizable.

» To give style to one's character - a great and rare art! He exercises it who surveys all that his nature presents in strength and weakness and then moulds it to an artistic plan until everything appears as art and reason, and even the weaknesses delight the eye.

» If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished.

» A character is a completely fashioned will.

» All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal.

» When you're a young man, Macbeth is a character part. When you're older, it's a straight part.

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

» I don't imagine I would have chosen to spend the last twenty-six years of my life writing about a character whose values and virtues I disdained.

» Our decade of change has unleashed the ingenuity, creativity, and character of the most extraordinary people in the world - the people of this state, who come from every corner of the globe.

» They wrote a great character and it's been fun playing a guy that loves America, loves his job, believes in doing the right thing. Doggett has a lot of codes that he lives by and I think it's a throwback character. I believe in a lot of things Doggett believes in.

» Inside of all the makeup and the character and makeup, it's you, and I think that's what the audience is really interested in... you, how you're going to cope with the situation, the obstacles, the troubles that the writer put in front of you.

» I lost 90 pounds and my blood pressure went down to a normal level and the salt in my urine disappeared. And that was when I had to make the transition from fat character actor to thin character actor.

» Whoever has the luck to be born a character can laugh even at death. Because a character will never die! A man will die, a writer, the instrument of creation: but what he has created will never die!

» The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.

» I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.

» In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.

» If a man's character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.

» When I first saw the character Chel, I was really bothered because she used to have these really thick tree trunk ankles and I was like, Come on, you gave her everything else and you gotta ruin it with tree trunks. Just slim down the ankles some. That was my only request. And Jeffrey Katzenberg was like, GGGOOOOOODDDD, under his breath.

» The real judges of your character aren't your neighbors, your relatives, or even the people you play bridge with. The folks who really know you are waiters, waitresses, and clerks.

» I'd just like to see a role for women where someone who isn't traditionally attractive is not portraying the best friend. You know, the character that only speaks in questions. 'Gee, are you gonna go out with him? Do you think I look fat?'

» Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our government.

» I said, 'Wouldn't it be great if Matt Damon's character fell in love with a girl with a real butt?' They were like, 'Yeah sure, sure - here's your personal trainer.'

» Shakespeare's Hamlet can be performed in 50,000 different ways. It is the character who lends a special touch to the role.

» God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech.

» Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.

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

» Pee-wee Herman just kind of came out one day. I had a lot of training, I had done rap, classical, Shakespeare. I was in four or five different acting programs in different schools. I joined this improv group, and we did a lot of different character work, writing and improv. And just one day it... came out.

» I don't know what the big issue is about a kiss with Neve Campbell in Wild Things. It's a role, and I think a bigger issue is made out of it. It was a part I took and it's what the character did, so I did it.

» A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another s.

» We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.

» You can be true to the character all you want but you've got to go home with yourself.

» However dark and profitless, however painful and weary, existence may have become, life is not done, and our Christian character is not won, so long as God has anything left for us to suffer, or anything left for us to do.

» A nation is truly corrupt, when, after having, by degrees lost its character and liberty, it slides from democracy into aristocracy or monarchy; this is the death of the political body by decrepitude.

» Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.

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

» Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.

» A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.

» Laws are essential emanations from the self-poised character of God; they radiate from the sun to the circling edge of creation. Verily, the mighty Lawgiver hath subjected himself unto laws.

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

» My influences are people like Burgess Meredith, Jackie Gleason, Art Carney. Really good character actors than stars because they do more interesting things. Some of your favorite movies are ones you visit again are due to the great character actors in them.

» A character I would love to play is Iago, from Othello.

» There is less pressure as a character actor. It generally means that you will be acting for all of your life, which is my intention. It is not my intention to just be a rich and famous person, that would be pretty boring.

» Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.

» The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.

» To have character is to be big enough to take life on.

» Each instrument has something to say to you. It's got its own character. Each horn has its own character and will say to you certain things. If you violate that, it's almost a sacrilege!

» When I'm thinking of myself in a good light, I think of myself as a character actor, like Peter Sellers or Alec Guiness or Robert Duvall or George Kennedy or Joe Don Baker, all those big Nordic actors. But I always thought of it as a supporting role. And I don't have a problem with that, because I ain't no leadin' man. And it's more fun. I don't have all the pressure on me.

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

» If you're playing a villain, you like to have a rationale. Why is this person behaving in that way? It can't just be 'I'm going to kill them all, I want to take over the world!' Because then your character becomes a functionary, the hero's opposition and nothing else.

» 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.

» You know honestly I think there's a Dracula, a Wolf Man, and a Frankenstein's Monster in all of us. They are sides of our own character so that's why I think we can relate to them in terms of a 'I know how that feels' kind of thing.

» Fame is also a test of character at times... Sometimes I pass the test; sometimes I'm a pain in the ass. Sometimes I'm like, 'Oh, God! I just want to buy some tampons!'

» Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.

» If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.

» It's hard sometimes if you think a character should look a certain way and you're being pushed to do it differently. I've had fights over that. That's why it's so important that you work with good people.

» As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?

» The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.

» Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.

» It is the formidable character of the species to routinely seek the improbable, the difficult, even the impossible, as a source of pleasure and self-justification. Who would try to write poems, or novels, or paint pictures unless he is an optimist?

» Nothing is more difficult and nothing requires more character than to find oneself in open opposition to one's time (and those one loves) and to say loudly: No!

» I believe in starting from scratch with each character. It starts with my favourite part of the whole process, reading the script. You're playing Sherlock Holmes to a certain extent. You say, What can I deduce about this character from what's written on this page?

» The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.

» I loved Old School. I thought Old School was very different than a lot of the comedies that had come out. And that character I liked. I tried to ground him very much in reality and play him very much finding things important to him that are somewhat ridiculous.

» Intention and realisation, and potential and fulfilment lie very close to one another, which, on the one hand, guarantees the living and spontaneous character of this art, while on the other requires more co-operation on the part of the reader.

» Learn now of the treachery of the Greeks, and from one example the character of the nation may be known.

» The guy wrote this great piece [with a] great character and wanted somebody to carry that story. Or Jerry Bruckheimer, thinking I can do anything - It's exciting, you know. Michael Mann calling me up and saying, 'What do you think about playing Howard Cosell?' That's a leap of some kind of faith or whatever it is.

» When he's on the set, he has no movie star stuff going on. He's an actor and he's very good, maybe even especially with this, because he was trying to get this chemistry going between the three characters, between his character and Justin Bartha's and Diane Kruger.

» 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.

» The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.

» On the stage it is always now; the personages are standing on that razor edge, between the past and the future, which is the essential character of conscious being; the words are rising to their lips in immediate spontaneity The theater is supremely fitted to say: Behold! These things are.

» I once did a role which I couldn't rehearse in my street clothes, I had to have the character's costume on before I could rehearse it. I just couldn't think as the character unless I looked like him, or I knew that I looked like him.

» Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play, just as a great deal of mystery is always left in the revelation of character in life, even in one's own character to himself.

» We have to say now we think the character of the party has changed so far it will take something very exceptional, something really out of the ordinary line to make us be convinced there's a chance of winning back the party.

» True character arises from a deeper well than religion.

» That's one of those things that will really hurt me personally, if I label a character or think about what it might do if it were to do well. I just try to do a good job with it.

» Of all the stars whom I worked with, I think Steve knew better what worked for him on the screen than any other. He had such a sense of what he could register, and that helped a lot in terms of shaping the character and the script.

» The people in general ought to have regard to the moral character of those whom they invest with authority either in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches.

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

» Eyes lie if you ever look into them for the character of the person.

» 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.

» Organic buildings are the strength and lightness of the spiders' spinning, buildings qualified by light, bred by native character to environment, married to the ground.

» I'd love to do a character with a wife, a nice little house, a couple of kids, a dog, maybe a bit of singing, and no guns and no killing, but nobody offers me those kind of parts.

» By action and reaction do we become strong or weak, according to the character of our thoughts and mental states. Fear is the deadly nightshade of the mind.

» The true character of ministry is a servants heart.

» Everyone tries to define this thing called Character. It's not hard. Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking.

» The original version of the screenplay was much darker, and portrayed the central character as more of an Everyman. It was also set in Manhattan.

» I think you have to find the humanity in the character and then the deterioration is a part of the process - the journey of the character. It's like playing King Lear. You can start off as a nice old man who finishes up crazy.

» History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.

» The asexual angel, neither male nor female... unable to live without her mask of illusions... showed herself to be the denuded character every person would be if confronted with the loss of their illusions as she was.

» For me it's always about first impressions. I trust my instincts. I love to prepare if it's something that requires training. But I don't like to prepare the psychology too much. I enjoy the psychology of the character but I work better from a first impression.

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

» Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.

» Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they find laughable.

» Anybody who would like to travel as an archaeologist of mores and observe men instead of rocks could find an image of the century of Louis XV in some village in Provence, that of Louis XIV in Poitou, that of even more remote times in the far reaches of Brittany. Most of these cities have fallen from some splendor that historians, more preoccupied with dates than customs, no longer speak of, but whose memory lives on, such as in Brittany, where the national character scarcely accepts the forgetting of what this country is fundamentally about. . . All [of these cities] have their primitive character.

» Remember that you are an actor in a play and the playwright chooses the manner of it...your business is to act the character that is given you and act it well; the choice of the cast is another's…

» Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.

» To exercise good character daily is to be morally fit for life.

» 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.

» Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced…more true than the truth itself. One far superior to me has well said…, 'A clever imitation in glass casts contempt, as it were, on that precious jewel the emerald...' Lest, therefore, through my neglect, some should be carried off, even as sheep are by wolves, while they perceive not the true character of these men, because they outwardly are covered with sheep's clothing (against whom the Lord has enjoined us to be on our guard), and because their language resembles ours, while their sentiments are very different.

» No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one's sentiments may be, if one have not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one's character may remain entirely unaffected for the better. With good intentions, hell proverbially is paved.

» The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.

» If then the power of speech is as great as any that can be named,—if the origin of language is by many philosophers considered nothing short of divine—if by means of words the secrets of the heart are brought to light, pain of soul is relieved, hidden grief is carried off, sympathy conveyed, experience recorded, and wisdom perpetuated,—if by great authors the many are drawn up into unity, national character is fixed, a people speaks, the past and the future, the East and the West are brought into communication with each other,—if such men are, in a word, the spokesmen and the prophets of the human family—it will not answer to make light of Literature or to neglect its study: rather we may be sure that, in proportion as we master it in whatever language, and imbibe its spirit, we shall ourselves become in our own measure the ministers of like benefits to others—be they many or few, be they in the obscurer or the more distinguished walks of life—who are united to us by social ties, and are within the sphere of our personal influence.

» I am delighted to have you play football. I believe in rough, manly sports. But I do not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of any one's existence. I don't want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism; and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life. Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master.

» The ultimate foundation of honor is the conviction that moral character is unalterable: a single bad action implies that future actions of the same kind will, under similar circumstances, also be bad.

» ...with the black marble which gives the fireplace the air of a miniature family vault, to suggest early Victorian commercial respectability, belief in money, Bible fetichism, fear of hell always at war with fear of poverty, instinctive horror of the passionate character of art, love and Roman Catholic religion, and all the first fruits of plutocracy in the early generations of the industrial revolution.

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

» The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79.

» A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis.

» Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus.

» Knowledge is essential to conquest; only according to our ignorance are we helpless. Thought creates character. Character can dominate conditions. Will creates circumstances and environment.

» 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.

» In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honour, command, power, and glory.

» In all the affairs of life, social as well as political, courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart.

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

» A man of character in peace is a man of courage in war.

» It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity.

» A man's character is his fate.

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

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

» Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.

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

» The strength of the United States is not the gold at Fort Knox or the weapons of mass destruction that we have, but the sum total of the education and the character of our people.

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

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

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

» A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.

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

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

» The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.

» It violates right order whenever capital so employees the working or wage-earning classes as to divert business and economic activity entirely to its own arbitrary will and advantage without, the social character of economic life, social justice, and the common good.

» If it were desired to reduce man to nothing, it would be necessary only to give his work a character of uselessness.

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