Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn-and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.
In the end you should always do the right thing even if it's hard.
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters
Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies. (Voltaire on his deathbed in response to a priest asking him that he renounce Satan.)
Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.
Seven Deadly Sins: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Science without humanity, Knowledge without character, Politics without principle, Commerce without morality, Worship without sacrifice.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.
Short + Character quotes ⇑Short Quotes
It is better to be alone than in bad company.
Character is doing what you don't want to do but know you should do.
All cruelty springs from weakness.
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
If you develop a strong character of your own, you will miss the character of the Creator.
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
Your character starts out spotless. You can only stain it.
All character Quotes ⇑
To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
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.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.
Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.
You're going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it's always their actions you should judge them by. It's actions, not words, that matter
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.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
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.
Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.
All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.
Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
When things go wrong in life, that is when it shows who you are. When things go well, everyone can pretend to be fantastic.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.
Top 15 Things Money Can't Buy: Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.
Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.
When you find a man you wish to marry... remember this: You will know what kind of man he is not by the things he says, but by the things he does.
Sometimes, when I have to do something I don't want to do, I pretend I'm a character from a book. It's easier to know what they would do.
I've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who and what I was. Instead, they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't.
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.
When a monster stopped behaving like a monster, did it stop being a monster? Did it become something else?
He is a weapon, a killer. Do not forget it. You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature.
Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.
You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.
It is not the technique of meditation alone that will bring you freedom; your character must be strong and pure. Your whole life and behavior must be in harmony with the laws of truth.
If you feel that your character is not what you think it should be, remember that it was molded by none other than yourself
A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.
My success symbolizes loyalty, great friends, Dedication, hard work, routine builds character. In a world full of snakes, rats and scavengers
What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.
I'm unpredictable, I never know where I'm going until I get there, I'm so random, I'm always growing, learning, changing, I'm never the same person twice. But one thing you can be sure of about me; is I will always do exactly what I want to do.