Character is frequently defined as the combination of one’s moral, mental, and physical attributes that set them apart from others.

Strong character requires time and work to develop. Making wise decisions even when no one is looking is the first step.

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Best Character Quotes

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People are interested by talent. God is impressed by character. ~ Rick Warren.

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Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. ~ Bruce Lee.

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Our ability to handle life’s challenges is a measure of our strength of character. ~ Les Brown.

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

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We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die. ~ Albert Camus.

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Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche.

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Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ~ Helen Keller.

An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual. ~ Robert Baden-Powell.

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Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling. ~ Bill Belichick

Adversity is a crossroads that makes a person choose one of two paths: character or compromise. Every time he chooses character, he becomes stronger, even if that choice brings negative consequences. ~ John C. Maxwell.

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Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character. ~ Horace Greeley.

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. ~ Billy Graham.

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Character, not circumstances, makes the man. ~ Booker T. Washington.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do. But it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. ~ Dale Carnegie.

Famous Character Quotes

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A man’s character is not judged after he celebrates a victory, but by what he does when his back is against the wall. ~ John Cena

Silver is purified in fire and so are we. It is in the most trying times that our real character is shaped and revealed. ~ Helen Keller.

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Character is simply habit long continued. ~ Plutarch.

Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. ~ Kurt Vonnegut.

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Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. ~ Abraham Lincoln.

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. ~ Buddha.

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Character is what a man is in the dark. ~ Dwight L. Moody.

A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk. ~ Charlie Chaplin.

Character is far more important than intellect in making a man a good citizen or successful at his calling- meaning by character not only such qualities as honesty and truthfulness, but courage, perseverance and self-reliance. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

You can’t just pretend that the things you watch, and the things you hear, and the places you go will not have an impact on your character. They will. ~ Nouman Ali Khan.

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Your task is to stand straight; not to be held straight. ~ Marcus Aurelius

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. ~ Walter Anderson.

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Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character. ~ John Wooden

By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character. Grenville Kleiser.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. ~ Jim Rohn.

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Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. ~ Albert Einstein

Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world. ~ Barack Obama.

Inspiring Character Quotes

Character is a quality that originates from inside and may last a long time. You may build a winning personality by having a decent character. In other words, a strong character is the foundation of a charismatic personality that draws others in.

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

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Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Hard conditions of life are indispensable to bringing out the best in human personality. ~ Alexis Carrel.

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Character forms a life regardless of how obscurely that life is lived and how little light falls on it from the stars. ~ James Hillman.

The opposite of compromise is character. ~ Frederick Douglass.

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.

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Character is doing what you don’t want to do but know you should do. ~ Joyce Meyer.

A Man’s management of his own purse speaks volumes about character. ~ Thomas Jefferson.

Some of us are more concerned with our reputation than our character. The latter takes care of the former. ~ Lecrae.

When we deal in generalities, we shall never succeed. When we deal in specifics, we shall rarely have a failure. When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of performance accelerates. ~ Thomas S. Monson.

Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness. ~ Anne Frank.

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Character is much easier kept than recovered. ~ Thomas Paine.

Money is either a good or bad influence, according to the character of the person who possesses it. ~ Napoleon Hill.

You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for. ~ Napoleon Hill.

Top Character Quotes

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. ~ Ernest Hemingway.

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. ~ Albert Einstein.

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In the end you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard. ~ Nicholas Sparks.

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.

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. ~ Thomas Paine.

Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an ordination of character which determines the relatedness of the person to the whole world as a whole, not toward one object of love. ~ Erich Fromm.

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What a man’s mind can create, man’s character should control. ~ Thomas Edison.

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. ~ Henry David Thoreau

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. ~ Thomas Paine

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. ~ Blaise Pascal.

A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation. ~ Mark Twain.

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Profound sincerity is the only basis of talent as of character. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty. ~ Lao Tzu.

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Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. ~ Abraham Lincoln.

Never does a man portray his character more vividly than when proclaiming the character of another. ~ Winston Churchill.

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Better to be a man of character than a man of means. ~ Irish Proverb.

Too often character assassination has replaced debate in principle here in Washington. Destroy someone’s reputation, and you don’t have to talk about what he stands for. ~ Ronald Reagan.

All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. ~ Pablo Neruda.

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This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure. ~ Winston Churchill.

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


So these were the 67 quotes about Character.

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