Character Quotes

I have already shared some quotes on Leadership, Success, Attitude, Personal Growth, Talents, and Passion, communication, and vision. Today I would like to share some quotes on character:

“A man without decision of character can never be said to belong to himself… He belongs to whatever can make captive of him.”  ~John Foster

“The respect that leadership must have requires that one’s ethics be without question. A leader not only stays above the line between right and wrong, he stays well clear of the gray areas.” ~Alan Bernard

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

“You can not dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” ~James Froude

“Character is the firm foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character.” ~R. C. Samsel

“Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.” ~Orison Marden

“Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support and opens the way to wealth, honor and happiness.” ~David Howe

“Character is destiny.” ~Heraclitus

“Successful leadership is not about being tough or soft, sensitive or assertive, but about a set of attributes. First and foremost is character.” ~Warren Bennis

“No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character.” ~John Morley

“Character is not built in men by hiding them from temptation, it is by teaching them to scorn it.” ~Emmett  LeCompte

“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“The force of character is cummulative.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.” ~ D.L. Moody

“Character is made in the small moments of our lives.” ~Philip Brooks

Question: What are your favorite character quotes?

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  • floyd

    My absolute favorite character quote is one that I may have shared here before, I try to remind myself of this quote constantly, it is by Billy Graham; “When wealth is lost, much is lost. When health is lost a great deal is lost. When in character is lost, all is lost…”

    • Great addition, thank you for sharing Floyd.

  • Gotta say that the DL Moody quote is my favorite. Love that one!

  • I love this one! “You can not dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” ~James Froude. So true. Thanks for sharing

    • It’s a good one. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • “Dreams are the touchstones of our character.” ~Henry David Thoreau
    Been thinking a lot about what it means to really dream lately! Great stuff Dan thanks man!

    • Great additions David. Thank you foe sharing them.

  • Character is weighing heavily on me now recently and I read these quotes with intense concentration. Character is so important and you can’t ever have enough Dan. Thank you for sharing these.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed them. Thanks you for stopping by:)

  • That quote from Abraham, wow, that’s pride always at work there, people don’t realize what temptations come when you gain authority or power through pride and selfish ambition.

    • So true Marc, with great power comes great responsibility. It’s why it’s so important we have strong character. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • “Character is destiny.” ~Heraclitus…that’s it my day is done lol!

    • It’s a great one! Yes, take the rest of the day off:)

  • Love this one, Dan: “Character is made in the small moments of our lives.” ~Philip Brooks

  • That character quote from Philip Brooks really falls in line with this: