161 Character Quotes to Inspire and Uplift Your Inner Strength and Resilience

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Top 10 Character Quotes (BEST)

  1. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. — Abraham Lincoln
  2. 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. — John Wooden
  3. 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
  4. Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly. — Lawrence G. Lovasik
  5. Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habit. — Lao Tzu
  6. The most important ingredient of leadership is character. Most of the proficiencies can be learned, but what's inside you is something that's difficult to change. — Jesse Robredo
  7. Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. — John Wooden
  8. The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. — Zig Ziglar
  9. Seven Deadly Sins Wealth without work Pleasure without conscience Science without humanity Knowledge without character Politics without principle Commerce without morality Worship without sacrifice. — Mahatma Gandhi
  10. Your true character Is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do 'Nothing' for you — Mother Teresa

The Most Famous Character Quotes

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Character is "a stamp of good repute on a person." — Euripides

A character is a completely fashioned will. — Novalis

Character is long-standing habit. — Plutarch

Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids. — Aristotle

Character is inured habit. — Plutarch

Character is power. — Booker T. Washington

Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have. — Marva Collins

Your character is your accumulation of your thoughts, habits and priorities on a day-to-day basis. — Nick Saban

Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character. — Johann Kaspar Lavater

Character is the salesperson — George M. Adams

Short Character Quotes

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  • Character is who you are when no one is looking. — Allan Williams
  • Action is character. — Unknown
  • Character is like the foundation of a house -- it is below the surface. — Unknown
  • Character is the backbone of our human culture. Music is the flowering of character. — Confucius
  • A good character carries with it the highest power of causing a thing to be believed. — Aristotle
  • A good character is the only guarantee of everlasting, carefree happiness. — Seneca
  • Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it. — Sir John Lubbock
  • A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him. — Thomas More
  • Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character. — George Santayana
  • Character is simply habit long continued. — Plutarch

Character Image Quotes

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Character quote by Al-Ghazali

A man of bad character punishes his own soul. — Al-Ghazali

Character quote by Stevie Wonder

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. — Stevie Wonder

Character quote by Alexander Woollcott

Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what you fall for. — Alexander Woollcott

Character quote by C. S. Lewis

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. — C. S. Lewis

Character quote by Pablo Neruda

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

Character quote by Thomas Paine

Character is much easier kept than recovered. — Thomas Paine

Character quote by Nelson Mandela

The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children. — Nelson Mandela

Character quote by Dwight L. Moody

If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me. — Dwight L. Moody

Character quote by John Wooden

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

Character quote by Hermann Hesse

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. — Hermann Hesse

Character quote by J. K. Rowling

We have to choose between what is right, and what is easy. — J. K. Rowling

Character quote by America Ferrera

The most important thing you wear is your personality. — America Ferrera

Character quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Character quote by Oscar Levant

Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character. — Oscar Levant

Character quote by John Wooden

Sports do not build character. They reveal it. — John Wooden

Character quote by James Naismith

Basketball doesn't build character it reveals it. — James Naismith

Character quote by Albert Einstein

Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance — Albert Einstein

Character quote by James A. Michener

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. — James A. Michener

Character quote by Winston Churchill

A man is about as big as the things that make him angry. — Winston Churchill

Character quote by Booker T. Washington

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

Character quote We are what we believe we are.
We are what we believe we are.

Hamlet Character Quotes

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To take arms against a sea of troubles. — William Shakespeare

I was doing Hamlet in the off-season, and I had a specific idea in my mind about what I wanted that character to look like, and because it's going to lead into the next year, I knew that it was going to have to be established somewhere in the show. — Michael Shanks

Shakespeare without Othello, Lear, Macbeth and Hamlet would be all too much like Hamlet without the prince. — Brand Blanshard

Character quote You're a work of art. Not everyone will understand you, but the ones who do, wil
You're a work of art. Not everyone will understand you, but the ones who do, will never forget about you.

One of the things that makes Hamlet unique among Shakespeare's characters is his courage to face up to the darker elements of his personality. — Kenneth Branagh

I was very moved to see that the name of the boat was Hamlet - an imaginary character becomes so important to people, we think about them so much that we name a ship after them. The imaginary lives on in the real. — Paul Auster

The playbill, which is said to have announced the tragedy of Hamlet, the character of the Prince of Denmark being left out. — Walter Scott

Disney Character Quotes

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The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all. — Walt Disney

I do what I do because of Walt Disney - his films and his theme park and his characters and his joy in entertaining. — John Lasseter

When I was little, we had a Golden Book that had all these Disney characters in one portrait on the first page. My dad used to read from it every night. We'd play this game of find Pluto or find Donald Duck. He'd read us stories and do all the voices. Those are great memories. — Danica McKellar

Character quote When someone disrespects you, beware the impulse to win their respect. For disre
When someone disrespects you, beware the impulse to win their respect. For disrespect is not a valuation of your worth but a signal of their character.

What's all this fuss about plutonium? How can something named after a Disney character be dangerous? — Johnny Carson

I've always just loved drawing and loved cartoons. Growing up, I loved Disney films, I loved The Simpsons, and I was a big fan of the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes and the way that they would have weird fantasy and then down-to-earth funny character comedy. — Alex Hirsch

I loved The Wind in the Willows. ... Walt Disney should be sued for cheapening it as he did. Imagine it, Mickey Mousing all those nice characters. I'm surprised he didn't do it with the New Testament. — Tasha Tudor

Character quote Accept both compliments and criticism. It takes both sun and rain for a flower t
Accept both compliments and criticism. It takes both sun and rain for a flower to grow.

The history of our times calls to mind those Walt Disney characters who rush madly over the edge of a cliff without seeing it, so that the power of their imagination keeps them suspended in mid-air; but as soon as they look down and see where they are, they fall. — Raoul Vaneigem

Disney World is celebrating its 40th birthday! You can tell the characters are getting old. In addition to Snow White's seven dwarfs, she now has 25 cats. — Jimmy Fallon

What about Mickey Mouse? Disney tried very hard to make him a star. But Mickey Mouse is more of a symbol than a real character. — Joseph Barbera

Disney has a bible for their characters, so that people who draw Disney characters have to make them look correct. — Trina Robbins

Strength Of Character Quotes

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Don't pray for an easy life, pray to be a stronger man. — John F. Kennedy

The prosperity of a country depends, not on the abundance of its revenues, nor on the strength of its fortifications, nor on the beauty of its public buildings; but it consists in the number of its cultivated citizens, in its men of education, enlightenment and character. — Martin Luther

Strength of character is certainly needed to face life in the world and to stand by right principles, especially in the age in which we live. — Rose Philippine Duchesne

Character quote A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arr
A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant.

Strength of character and inner fortitude, however, are decisive factors. The confidence of the man in the ranks rests upon a man's strength of character. — Erich von Manstein

The strength of your character is inversely correlated with how easy you are to offend. — Alex Hormozi

Organic buildings are the strength and lightness of the spiders' spinning, buildings qualified by light, bred by native character to environment, married to the ground. — Frank Lloyd Wright

Character quote To be yourself in a world that in constantly trying to make you something else i
To be yourself in a world that in constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Let us learn how the love of Christ, received into the heart, triumphs gradually but surely over all sin, transforms character, turning even its weakness into strength, and so, from the depths of transgression and the very gates of hell, raises men to God. — Alexander Maclaren

Freedom is not the ability to do whatever you want. Freedom is the strength of character to do what is good, true, noble, and right. — Matthew Kelly

True faith takes its character and quality from its object. Its strength therefore depends on the character of Christ. Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others! — Sinclair B. Ferguson

It takes true strength of character to redefine your limits by pushing past them. — Katherine Reutter

Bad Character Quotes

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A man of bad character punishes his own soul. — Al-Ghazali

Freedom is what we all seek, but it's what we do with that freedom that ultimately defines our character. In the end, a man's character cements his fate, good or bad. — Sonny Barger

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

Character quote Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.

No man can have anything better after faith than a woman of righteous character, loving and child-bearing. And no man can have anything worse after unbelief than a sharp-tongued woman of bad character. — Umar

I discovered cosplay because I was going to an anime convention and did some research, and found out people dressed up as characters. I made a very badly put-together costume because I felt this desire to dress up. — Yaya Han

I didn't want to be greedy. It's a mark of bad character and I always believed that pigs go the slaughterhouse. — Walter Annenberg

Character quote Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are s
Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, uncomparable. You are You, I am I.

I don't know if I am cut out to playing a bad character or not - I really should give it a shot. I would like to play the voice of a baddie, but that's really just a cop-out! — Lindsay Lohan

We're not trying to prove the character of God through science. That's a bad idea. What I'm trying to do is clear away the misunderstandings, the debris that prevent people from accepting that God who wants to accept them. — Phillip E. Johnson

There can be no good character in civil government if there is none in the people. You cannot make a good omelet with bad eggs. — R.J. Rushdoony

Not everybody is as bad as he is dressed. — Danish Proverbs

Good Character Quotes

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

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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Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. — Stevie Wonder

Character quote There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealous
There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. The wolf that wins? The one you feed.

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

I’m not good-looking. I used to be, but not anymore. Not like Robert Taylor. What I have got is I have character in my face. It’s taken an awful lot of late nights and drinking to put it there. When I go to work in a picture, I say, ‘Don’t take the lines out of my face. Leave them there.’ — Humphrey Bogart

A strong reputation is like a good bonfire. When you have one kindled it's easy to keep the flame burning, even if someone comes along and tries to piss on it. But if you fall asleep and neglect it...You'll wake up with ashes. — Zachary Taylor

Character quote Be curious, bot judgmental.
Be curious, bot judgmental.

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. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character. — Sri Swami Sivananda

While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian. — George Washington

. . . success is a combination of many things, but a good character is the foundation of the kind of success that will bring you real happiness. Choose your friends wisely-they will make or break you. — J. Willard Marriott

Building Character Quotes

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

My success symbolizes loyalty, great friends, Dedication, hard work, routine builds character. In a world full of snakes, rats and scavengers — Nas

Trust, honesty, humility, transparency and accountability are the building blocks of a positive reputation. Trust is the foundation of any relationship. — Mike Paul

Character quote Let yourself be drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you
Let yourself be drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you astray.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves. — Abraham Lincoln

Preparing a character is the opposite of building-it is a demolishing, removing brick by brick everything in the actor's muscles, ideas and inhibitions that stands between him and the part, until one day, with a great rush of air, the character invades his every pore. — Peter Brook

You don't get character because you're successful; you build character because of the hardships you face. — Herman Edwards

A vital team characteristic is the ability to overcome adversity. Any team acquires experience and endurance as it learns to fight back. This in turn builds the kind of character which seldom crumbles at a time of crisis or testing. — Tom Landry

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Sports do not build character. They reveal it. — John Wooden

Life is full of challenges. How you handle these challenges is what builds character. Never be afraid to be who you are. — Erin Brockovich

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Basketball doesn't build character it reveals it. — James Naismith

Character Development Quotes

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The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves. — Rachel Carson

Humility is not a character trait to develop, it's the natural by-product of being with Jesus. — Louie Giglio

You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character. — Richard M. Nixon

As the flower turns to the sun, that the bright beams may aid in perfecting its beauty and symmetry, so should we turn to the Sun of Righteousness, that Heaven's light may shine upon us, that our character may be developed in to the likeness of Christ. — Ellen G. White

Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test... You will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and even senseless tragedies. — Rick Warren

Be the kind of person others admire, can count on, trust, and enjoy spending time with. After you have developed that reputation, people will start to ask you what you do and you will be amazed at how many people will want to work with you. You will attract others based on your character. — Larry Winget

The most effective way I know to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed. It focused on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements) and on the values or principles upon which being and doing are based. — Stephen Covey

We all lose our looks eventually, better develop your character and interest in life. — Jacqueline Bisset

Entrepreneurship is about acquiring skills, beliefs, and character traits. To advance, I find that we must determine which skills, beliefs, and character traits we lack. Most times, we simply need to improve. — Alex Hormozi

Knowledge has outstripped character development, and the young today are given an education rather than an upbringing. — Ilya Ehrenburg

Character Of God Quotes

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God is more concerned with conforming me to the likeness of His Son than leaving me in my comfort zones. God is more interested in inward qualities than outward circumstances - things like refining my faith, humbling my heart, cleaning up my thought life and strengthening my character. — Joni Eareckson Tada

God is not looking for extraordinary characters as His instruments, but He is looking for humble instruments through whom He can be honored throughout the ages. — A. B. Simpson

God's Word is true whether we believe it or not. Human unbelief cannot alter the character of God. — Aiden Wilson Tozer

What might God be trying to grow in your character or cement in your relationship with Him by keeping you separated from some of the things you want but don’t yet have? — Priscilla Shirer

The expression of Christian character is not good doing, but God-likeness. If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit Divine characteristics in your life, not good human characteristics . God's life in us expresses itself as God's life, not as human life trying to be godly. — Oswald Chambers

The cross is the surest, truest and deepest window on the very heart and character of the living and loving God. — N. T. Wright

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

The acid test of our love for God is obedience to His Word. The greatest ability is dependability. The test of your character is what it takes to stop you. Trust God as if it all depends upon Him, and work as if it all depends upon you. — Bob Jones, Sr.

God does not waste an ounce of our pain or a drop of our tears; suffering doesn't come our way for no reason, and He seems especially efficient at using what we endure to mold our character. If we are malleable, He takes our bumps and bruises and shapes them into something beautiful. — Frank Peretti

Fame is also a test of character at times... Sometimes I pass the test; sometimes I'm a pain in the ass. Sometimes I'm like, Oh, God! I just want to buy some tampons! — Meg Ryan

Character Change Quotes

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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

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

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 — Jim Rohn

I think my attitude's different when I'm in the different places. I don't walk around in character. I try not to walk around with the accent, but those little things change you, whether it's your hair, your clothes, your shoes or a different silhouette. People absolutely look at you differently. — Anna Torv

Don't let your character change color with your environment. Find out who you are and let it stay it's true color. — Rachel Scott

The wolf changes only his coat, not his character. — Bulgarian Proverbs

Anyone who was willing to change a friendship or not do business because of who somebody supports in politics is not somebody who has a lot of character. — Jared Kushner

New king, new character. — Filipino Proverbs

Victory smiles upon those who anticipate the change in the character of war, not upon those who wait to adapt themselves after the changes occur. — Giulio Douhet

The futures and ultimate fates of the characters in The Snow Queen are profoundly changed by choices made in their own minds or hearts, as well as choices unexpectedly forced on them by things beyond their control. — Joan D. Vinge

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More Character Quotes

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Character quote by Diane Arbus

The world is full of fictional characters looking for their stories — Diane Arbus

Character quote by Samuel Adams

The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men. — Samuel Adams

Character quote by Christopher Hitchens

High moral character is not a precondition for great moral accomplishments. — Christopher Hitchens

Character quote by Brian Tracy

Truthfulness is the main element of character. — Brian Tracy

Character quote by Eleanor Roosevelt

Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death. — Eleanor Roosevelt

Character quote by Mae West

Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? — Mae West

Character quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Character quote by Stendhal

One can acquire everything in solitude except character. — Stendhal

Character quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Character quote by Heraclitus

A man's character is his fate. — Heraclitus

Character quote by Oscar Wilde

To define is to limit. — Oscar Wilde

Character quote by Euripides

Short is the joy that guilty pleasure brings. — Euripides

Character quote by Jim Rohn

Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you've got. — Jim Rohn

Character quote by Emma Roberts

I have really crooked teeth - they give me character! — Emma Roberts

Character quote by Verne Troyer

I was just the perfect person to play the Mini-Me character. — Verne Troyer

In Conclusion

Character quotes highlight that character is not determined by external circumstances, but by our thoughts, words, and actions. They emphasize the significance of consistency and staying true to our values, even in the face of challenges and adversity. These quotes remind us that our character is built through small daily choices and habits, rather than through one-time heroic acts. They encourage us to embrace responsibility for our actions and to strive for excellence in all that we do. Character quotes challenge us to continuously evaluate ourselves and to develop a strong moral compass that guides our decisions and interactions with others.

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