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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18 thoughts on “Character Quotes

  1. 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…”

  2. 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.

  3. 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.