30 Character Quotes – Be the Better You

A list of quotes about the importance of building good character.

“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”

– Bruce Lee


“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 can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“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.”

– Heraclitus


“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

– Maya Angelou


“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


“A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.”

– James Allen


“Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.”

– Benjamin Disraeli


“Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.”

– John C. Maxwell


“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


“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


“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

– Abraham Lincoln


“Everyone tries to define this thing called, character. It’s not hard. Character is doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.”

– Unknown


“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”

– Will Rogers


“Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything.”

– Walt Whitman


“Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


“Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self-respect springs.”

– Joan Didion


“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”

– Abraham Lincoln


“What comes out of you when you are squeezed is what is inside of you.”

– Wayne W. Dyer


“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”

– Henry David Thoreau


“Your reputation is in the hands of others. That’s what the reputation is. You can’t control that. The only thing you can control is your character.”

– Wayne W. Dyer


“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: ‘To rise above little things’.”

– John Burroughs


“My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.”

– Unknown


“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”

– George Bernard Shaw


“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.”

– Billy Graham


“You’ve got to learn to survive a defeat. That’s when you develop character.”

– Richard Nixon


“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.”

– Anne Frank


“People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”

– James A. Michener

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