Here are character quotes and sayings to motivate you to consider the traits of character you wish to develop or improve. Almost no one intentionally works on their character, which is a mistake! Your character is something you should constantly be aware of, as many notable individuals have written, since your character establishes your reputation. Because actions speak louder than words, as one wise man once told it, “Character is what you do when no one is watching.” Let us be honest with ourselves today and maintain our good character.
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 our thoughts, as well as our success.
-GEORGE BURTON ADAMS
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 do, the truth — don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.
Certainly, it is a world of scarcity. But the scarcity is not confined to iron ore and available land. The most constricting scarcities are those of character and personality.
-WILLIAM RICHARD ALLEN
Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.
-MARCUS AELIUS AURELIUS
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.
-BERNARD MANNES BARUCH
Sow an act…reap a habit; Sow a habit…reap a character; Sow a character…reap a destiny.
-GEORGE DANA BOARDMAN
It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and make a decision about them. The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives they have not chosen themselves.
The good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerates, their political character must soon follow.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
-MATTHEW HEYWOOD CAMPBELL BROUN
The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.
Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones that strike deepest in the gratefully and appreciating heart.
Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstances.
If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, “Here comes number seventy-one!
-RICHARD M. DEVOS
It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.
FREEMAN JOHN DYSON
Personality Quotes that Motivate and Empower You
Character is a broad concept with many definitions. As humans, we spend a lot of time considering how character is developed and assessed.
The best thing that can mould a person’s character is adversity. Most people consider honesty, strength, and originality to be the most important characteristics of a person’s character. These characteristics also indicate whether or not someone is a nice person and worthy of our time.
Read these motivational quotes about character, and let us know which one is your favourite in the comments section.
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character, and character fixes our destiny.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
-RALPH WALDO EMERSON
A signature always reveals a man’s character – and sometimes even his name.
Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.
Working hard overcomes a who lot of other obstacles. You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.
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.
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 conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of privation for the poor.
-JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH
Talent develops in tranquility, a character in the full current of human life.
-JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.
-JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Talents are best nurtured in solitude; character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
-JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Humility is not my forte, and whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people’s characters.
It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy – from lack of character.
-DAG HJALMER AGNE CARL HAMMARSKJOLD
Probably the most distinctive characteristic of a successful politician is selective cowardice.
The first glance at History convinces us that the actions of men proceed from their needs, their passions, their characters, and talents; and impresses us with the belief that such needs, passions, and interests are the sole spring of actions.
-GEORGE WILHELM FRIEDRICH HEGEL
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
-ERNEST MILLER HEMINGWAY
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.
The delicate thing about the university is that it has a mixed character, that it is suspended between its position in the eternal world, with all its corruption and evils and cruelties, and the splendid world of our imagination.
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
-DR SAMUEL JOHNSON
If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
-GEORGE CHRISTOPHER LICHTENBERG
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
-THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY