Quotes: On Character

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.”
-Karl Schonhausen

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
–Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Worship,” The Conduct of Life, 1860

“What is one character trait you know you can display no matter what the circumstances?”

“Sometimes, people hide their real character, then reveal them by hiding.”
–Author Unknown

 “Personality has power to uplift, power to depress, power to curse, and power to bless.”
-Paul Harris

“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”
-Bruce Lee

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
-Abraham Lincoln

“It is not our abilities that show who we truly are; it is our choices.”
–Albus Dumbledore

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
-Marcus Aurelius

“To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.”
– Descartes

“Character is power.”
-Booker T. Washington

“Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.”
-Benjamin Disraeli

“The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.”

“Character is what you are. Reputation is what others think you are.”

“You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.”
-Malcolm Forbes

 “Nothing is more disturbing and depressing than character out of shape.”
-Paula Peralejo

“Character is higher than intellect.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.  There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.”
-J.C. Watts

“The strength of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.”
-Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

“Reputation is character minus what you’ve been caught doing.”
-Michael Iapoce, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Boardroom

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”
-Abigail Van Buren

“Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.”
-Pablo Neruda

“Money can buy the principles of the weak, but it also robs from them their integrity and honor.”

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
-A. Lincoln

“Image is what people think we are. Integrity is what we are.”
–John Maxwell

“Habits change into character.”

“If you have integrity, nothing else matters.  If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.”
-Alan Simpson

“I don’t respect success on your net worth but on the ethics you followed to achieve it.”
-Odwa Msauli

“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

“Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”
-Albert Einstein


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