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.
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.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.
Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Our character ... is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
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, not circumstances, makes the man.
Many men are mere warehouses full of merchandise--the head, the heart, are stuffed with goods. . . . There are apartments in their souls which were once tenanted by taste, and love, and joy, and worship, but they are all deserted now, and the rooms are filled with earthy and material things.
People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
Character is a quality that embodies many important traits, such as integrity, courage, perseverance, confidence and wisdom. Unlike your fingerprints that you are born with and can't change, character is something that you create within yourself and must take responsibility for changing
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
No man can always be right. So the struggle is to do one's best, to keep the brain and conscience clear, never be swayed by unworthy motives or inconsequential reasons, but to strive to unearth the basic factors involved, then do one's duty.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
Men best show their character in trifles, where they are not on their guard. It is in the simplest habits, that we often see the boundless egotism which pays no regard to the feelings of others and denies nothing to itself.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes anothers.
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.
If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.
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