Character Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old character quotes, character sayings, and character proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Abraham Lincoln

Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.     

Jacqueline Bisset

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.     

Albert Einstein

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

When you find a man you wish to marry, Tessa, remember this: You will know what kind of man he is not by the things he says, but by the things he does.      

Cassandra Clare

In the end you should always do the right thing even if it's hard.

Nicholas Sparks

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

Mark Twain

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

Henry David Thoreau

Be your character what it will, it will be known, and nobody will take it upon your word.

Lord Chesterfield

Reputation is for time; character is for eternity.     

J. B. Gough

Our character is but the stamp on our souls of the free choices of good and evil we have made through life.

John C. Geikie

The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.     

Ann Landers

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

Abraham Lincoln

Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.     

Elihu Burritt

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.     

Elmer G. Letterman

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.     

Thomas B. Macaulay

Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.     

Thomas Paine

If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.

Andre Maurois

A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's.     

Jean Paul

Character is destiny.


You can not dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one     

James A. Froude

Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.     

Orison Sweet Marden

Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught

J.C. Watts

Character is much easier kept than recovered.     

Thomas Paine

Character is higher than intellect.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.      


Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.     

Dale Carnegie

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

Theodore Roosevelt