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  When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A good character is the real beauty that never fades.  
 -  Philippine proverb
  

  A good character is more valuable than gold.  
 -  Philippine proverb
  

  One who has character has courage.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Character is what you are in the dark when no one else is around.  
 -  American proverb
  

  People show their character by what they laugh at.  
 -  German proverb
  

  There is no poverty where there is character, and no wealth or honor where character is missing.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  A slave shows his true character, not while he is enslaved but when he becomes a master.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  A noble ancestry cannot guarantee a noble character.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Only by waiting is character known.  
 -  African proverb, Hausa
  

  Character comes before the teacher.  
 -  African proverb, Hausa
  

  Character is always corrupted by prosperity.  
 -  Icelandic proverb
  

  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.  
 -  Abigail Van Buren
  

  Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.  
 -  Aeschylus
  

  I wanted my children to have the best combination: American circumstances and Chinese character. How could I know these things do not mix?  
 -  Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
  

  Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right path, the the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.  
 -  Anne Frank
  

  All advancement in society begins with the development of the character of the young.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  That which you call your soul or spirit is your conciousness, and that which you call 'free will' is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character.  
 -  Ayn Rand
  

  The manner by which women are treated is a good criterion to judge the true state of society. If we know but this one feature in a character of a nation, we may easily judge the rest, for as society advances, the true character of women is discovered.  
 -  Benjamin Harrison
  

  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
  

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

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

  Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character.  
 -  Calvin Coolidge
  

  A man's true character comes out when he's drunk.  
 -  Charlie Chaplin
  

  Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone.  
 -  Cyrus A. Bartol
  

  Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, for your character is what you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.  
 -  Dale Carnegie
  

  Nothing of character is really permanent but virtue and personal worth.  
 -  Daniel Webster
  

  Style is the image of character.  
 -  Edward Gibbon
  

  Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.  
 -  Elbert Hubbard
  

  People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  One of the best ways to elevate your character immediately is to find worthy role models to emulate... We all carry the seeds of greatness within us, but we need an image as a point of focus in order that they may sprout.  
 -  Epictetus
  

  Character is what you have left when you've lost everything you can lose.  
 -  Evan Esar
  

  A signature always reveals a man's character - and sometimes even his name.  
 -  Evan Esar
  

  It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them: The character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.  
 -  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  

  We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow. With out them we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  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.  
 -  Helen Keller
  

  You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow. With out them we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  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.  
 -  Helen Keller
  

  You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  Actions, looks, words and steps form the alphabet by which you may spell character.  
 -  Johann Kaspar Lavater
  

  A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

  Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think is laughable.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

  We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.  
 -  John Locke
  

  Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.  
 -  John Lubbock
  

  The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching.  
 -  John Wooden
  

  Few men realize that their life, the very essence of their character, their capabilities and their audacities, are only the expression of their belief in the safety of their surroundings.  
 -  Joseph Conrad
  

  Strength of character is really strength of mind, according to the Confucianists.  
 -  Lin Yutang
  

  Things that will destroy man: Politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; worship without sacrifice.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.  
 -  Marcus Aurelius
  

  It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Intelligence plus character. That is the goal of true education.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

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

  Long engagements give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which is never advisable.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.  
 -  Paul McCartney
  

  The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.  
 -  Plato
  

  Character comes from following our highest sense of right, from trusting ideas without being sure they'll work.  
 -  Richard Bach
  

  What distinguishes people with an extraordinary character from the rest of us is how they respond when life sends one of its inevitable curves.  
 -  Robin Sharma
  

  In order to discover the character of people we have only to observe what they love.  
 -  Saint Augustine
  

  The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.  
 -  Samuel Johnson
  

  The first duty of a university is to teach wisdom not a trade; character not technicalities.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.  
 -  Solon
  

  Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.  
 -  Stephen R. Covey
  

  A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It's the testing point of our character and competence.  
 -  Stephen R. Covey
  

  I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year. It's very character-building.  
 -  Steve Jobs
  

  Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  It is a part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that Love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.  
 -  Thomas Merton
  

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

  Adversity doesn't build character; it reveals it.  
 -  Tim Ferriss
  

  Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.  
 -  Tom Krause
  

  For individuals, character is destiny. For organizations, culture is destiny.  
 -  Tony Hsieh
  

  Thoughts lead on to purposes. Purposes go forth in action. Actions form habits. Habits decide character. And character fixes our destiny.  
 -  Tryon Edwards
  

  Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Being real sometimes means being able to admit that you're wrong. It shows strength in character, not weakness.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Show respect to people who don't even deserve it. Not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.  
 -  Unknown
  

  The true character of a man is not defined by what he does in front of a crowd but instead by what he does when no one else is around.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Beauty is not that which you were born, but the real beauty of character based on human values  
 -  Unknown
  

  You never really know the true quality of someone's character, until the road gets rocky... Those whom truly love us, ALWAYS stick with us; the losers fall off the boat quickly!  
 -  Unknown
  

  Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self denial. Also, and most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It is a state of mind that you could call character in action.  
 -  Vince Lombardi
  

  Every man, as to character, is the creature of the age in which he lives. Very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of their times.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best; therefore it tends to become the best; it takes the form or character of the best, and will receive the best.  
 -  Wallace D. Wattles
  

  Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything.  
 -  Walt Whitman
  

  There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionaries are philosophers and saints.  
 -  Will Durant
  

  Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.  
 -  Zig Ziglar
  

  It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.  
 -  Zig Ziglar