240 Character Quotes That Will Make You Calm And Confident

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Here are the best character quotes you’ll find today. Keep in mind that people with character tend to be calm and persevering, but most of all, they are courageous and take action. Enjoy!

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Character is doing what’s right. Jocko Willink

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

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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

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Reputation is what strangers think of you. Character is what your friends think of you. Ricky Gervais

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He is happy, whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent, who can suit his temper to any circumstances. David Hume


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He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak. Michel de Montaigne

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A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself. Michel de Montaigne

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You’re offended when you fear that it might be true. Naval Ravikant

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You may be sure that you are at peace with yourself when no noise reaches you, when no word shakes you out of yourself. Seneca

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Not taking things personally is a superpower. James Clear


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Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself. Marcus Aurelius

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Does what’s happened keep you from acting with justice, generosity, self-control, sanity, prudence, honesty, humility, straightforwardness, and all the other qualities that allow a person’s nature to fulfill itself? Marcus Aurelius

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The wise man is calm, loving and never rushed. He chooses direction over speed, doing over talking, giving over taking, hard over easy. Maxime Lagacé

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He who blames others has a long way to go on his journey. He who blames himself is halfway there. He who blames no one has arrived. Chinese proverb

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You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The Best Character Quotes

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What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche

What we know matters but who we are matters more. Brené Brown

Be the first to laugh at your own blunder, and no one will laugh at you. Publius Syrus

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride. Sophocles

When you walk the walk, whether successful or not, you feel more indifferent and robust to people’s opinion, freer, more real. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

You can tell the character of every man when you see how he gives and receives praise. Seneca

Be not fond therefore of praise, but seek virtue that leads to it. William Penn

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it. Warren Buffett

A simple strategy to save you so many headaches: don’t care about winning trivial arguments. Someone says something you disagree with? Smile, nod, and move on to more important things. Life is short. Not caring about having the last word will save you so much time. James Clear

You must not be influenced by the opponent. Miyamoto Musashi

Don’t give the small things more time than they deserve. Marcus Aurelius

It can ruin your life only if it ruins your character. Otherwise it cannot harm you – inside or out. Marcus Aurelius

The only thing that isn’t worthless: to live this life out truthfully and rightly. And be patient with those who don’t. Marcus Aurelius

What should we work for? Only this: proper understanding; unselfish action; truthful speech. A resolve to accept whatever happens as necessary and familiar; flowing like water from the same source and spring. Marcus Aurelius

Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Michel de Montaigne

I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself. Pietro Aretino

The courage of today is the character of tomorrow. Maxime Lagacé

If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives. Robert South

We must live our lives to a higher standard. The standard we set for ourselves must makes us feel uncomfortable. If the standard you set for yourself allows you to feel comfortable, you must re-evaluate the bar you set for yourself. David Goggins

You become more attractive when you don’t need love. You become richer when you don’t need money. You become more convincing when you don’t need to impress. @orangebook_

Confidence isn’t the ability to make everyone like you, but rather, to feel comfortable if no one likes you. Paul Domenick

If your reputation can’t absorb a few blows, it wasn’t worth anything in the first place. Ryan Holiday

The first thing that any education ought to give a man is character and the second thing is education. George Horace Lorimer

The pain and boredom we experience in the initial stage of learning a skill toughens our minds. Robert Greene (Mastery, Amazon book)

If, of course, your action is wrong, just don’t do it at all, but if it’s right, why be afraid of people whose criticism is off the mark? Epictetus

How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself? Epictetus

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Part 2. Character Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Character Quotes (Goethe, Luther King Jr, Socrates, etc.)

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Men of few words are the best men. William Shakespeare

It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do. Jane Austen

A man with no enemies is a man with no character. Paul Newman

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. Lao Tzu

Most people say that it’s the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character. Albert Einstein

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

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King Jr

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King Jr

I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character! Theodore Roosevelt

What such a man needs is not courage but nerve control, cool headedness. This he can only get by practice. Theodore Roosevelt

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

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. Maya Angelou

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

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth. Eleanor Roosevelt

If you wanna see the true character of person watch the way they treat someone who can’t do anything for them. Kanye West

The superior man is impassive: praise him or condemn him, he always carries. Napoleon Bonaparte

Man only succeeds in life by governing his character or by forging one. Napoleon Bonaparte

Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life. Epictetus (Enchiridion, Amazon book)

We cannot live better than in seeking to become better. Socrates

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Short Character Quotes

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One-liners, short character quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.

Character is destiny. Heraclitus

A boy knows, a man does. Carlos Del Valle

Put your family in order. Jordan Peterson

Discipline equals freedom. Jocko Willink

Routine becomes character. Jack Butcher

Self-command is the main elegance. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is higher than intellect. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Suffering is the true test of life. David Goggins

Character is what you are in the dark. Dwight L. Moody

Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it. Epictetus

Human reason grows rich by self-conquest. Publius Syrus

Character is built when no one is looking. Carlos Del Valle

Character is the main object of education. Mary Wolley

Talent is a gift, but character is a choice. John C. Maxwell

The weak choose easy. The strong choose hard. Maxime Lagacé

Discipline is the root of all good qualities. Jocko Wilink

We must not only put up with it, but love it. Marcus Aurelius

You can tell a lot about a man by his posture. @LifeMathMoney

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character. John Wooden

We’re either getting better or we’re getting worse. David Goggins (Can’t Hurt Me, Amazon book)

Humble in victory; noble in defeat. Always show class. @ForgeOfMan

It does not matter what you bear, but how you bear it. Seneca

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune. Peter Nivio Zarlenga

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Inspirational And Motivational Character Quotes

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A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. James Allen (As a Man Thinketh, Amazon book)

An important part of who you are is what you want to be. Amy Kampert

Slowing down is fine. Taking a step back is wise. Persevering is genius. Maxime Lagacé

Measure your true power by how generous you are with others. Measure your character by how calm you respond to external events. Maxime Lagacé

Not to be driven this way and that, but always behave with justice and see things as they are. Marcus Aurelius

Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece – by thought, choice, courage, and determination. H. Jackson Brown Jr

To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately. All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most. Michel de Montaigne

To live in a great idea means to treat the impossible as though it were possible. It is just the same with a strong character; and when an idea and a character meet, things arise which fill the world with wonder for thousands of years. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When your mind is not complaining and is responsible, courageous and confident; you become inexplicably beautiful. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Without trials, manhood can never be built. Fateh Singh

Get out there and do what you’re supposed to do whether you feel like it or not. Jocko Willink

Leaders must own everything in their world. There is no one else to blame. Jocko Willink (Extreme Ownership, Amazon book)

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. G.K. Chesterton

When you’re calm from within, you cease to create chaos without. And even if the external chaos is there, it no longer affects you. The world is turbulent if you’re turbulent. It’s calm when you’re calm. @TheAncientSage

Choose as a guide one whom you will admire more when you see him act than when you hear him speak. Seneca

A man must become reconciled to his lot, must complain of it as little as possible, and must lay hold of whatever good it may had. Seneca

I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect. Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha, Amazon book)

Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear, and with a manly heart. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Epictetus

It’s easy to have emotional control when everything is going well. It’s only during stormy seas that we see who are the real sailors. Ed Latimore

The greatest battles of life are fought out daily in the silent chambers of the soul. David O. McKay

Scars fade with time. And the ones that never go away, well, they build character, maturity, caution. Erin McCarthy

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See also: Rohn: 6 Essential Traits of Good Character (success.com)

Funny And Surprising Character Quotes

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Arguing with a fool proves there are two. Doris M. Smith

You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jelly beans. Ronald Reagan

You don’t need to take the last dollar. Charlie Munger

What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

Fools are more healthy than the so-called wise. They live in the moment and they know that they are fools, so they are not worried about what others think about them. Osho

Just because you lost me as a friend doesn’t mean you gained me as an enemy. I still wanna see you eat. Just not at my table. Ed Latimore

Avoid banquets which are given by strangers and by ignorant persons. But if ever there is occasion to join in them, let your attention be carefully fixed, that you slip not into the manners of the vulgar (the uninstructed). Epictetus (Enchiridion)

For example at a banquet do not say how a man ought to eat, but eat as you ought to eat. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

Choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished through them. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

Over your wine do not talk much to display your learning; for you will utter bilious stuff. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past. Jack London

The perfect man is 80% badass and 20% sweetheart. While the perfect woman is 80% sweetheart and 20% badass. Taylor Burrowes

The easily flattered are easily fooled. @TheStoicEmperor

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Deep Character Quotes

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Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness. Yousuf Karsh

The more people you try to please the more enslaved you become. Paul Domenick

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

Having character means knowing how to respond, or not, to external events so that you keep your inner peace. Maxime Lagacé

It’s really easy to fall into the trap of believing that what we do is more important than what we are. Of course, it’s the opposite that’s true: What we are ultimately determines what we do! Fred Rogers

If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect – then you need to get out. Jay B. Silveria

Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising. Cyril Connolly (Note: the weak are easily distracted, even with praise…)

The weak shows his strength and hides his weaknesses; the magnificent exhibits his weaknesses like ornaments. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes, Amazon book)

In short, know this: Human lives are brief and trivial. Yesterday a blob of semen; tomorrow embalming fluid, ask. To pass through this brief life as nature demands. To give it up without complaint. Like an olive that ripens and falls. Praising its mother, thanking the tree it grew on. Marcus Aurelius

How many people don’t even know your name. How many will soon have forgotten it. How many offer you praise now – and tomorrow, perhaps, contempt. That to be remembered is worthless. Life fame. Like everything. Marcus Aurelius

Don’t be disturbed. Uncomplicate yourself. Someone has done wrong… to himself. Something happens to you. Good. It was meant for you by nature, woven into the pattern from the beginning. Marcus Aurelius

On your worst day, you live better than many people on their best. Stop complaining and have some perspective and gratitude. Ed Latimore

For it is better to die of hunger and so to be released from grief and fear than to live in abundance with perturbation. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. Hermann Hesse

No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself. William Penn

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See also: Defining and Building Character: Jocko Willink and Capt. Charlie Plumb (4 minutes 30 seconds YouTube video)

Wise Character Quotes (Words of Wisdom)

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Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Eckhart Tolle

It’s all in how you perceive it. You’re in control. You can dispense with misperception at will, like rounding the point. Marcus Aurelius

When you think you’ve been injured, apply this rule: If the community isn’t injured by it, neither am I. And if it is, anger is not the answer. Show the offender where he went wrong. Marcus Aurelius

The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise never try to impress: they just do what must be done. Maxime Lagacé

In short term games, skills are more important than character. In long term games, character dominates. Johnny Uzan

The only real revolution is the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character. The only real emancipation is individual. Will and Ariel Durant

Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and respect of self, in turn, is the chief element in courage. Thucydides

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

It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse. Aristotle

The smarter you get, the less you react when it isn’t worth it. @orangebook_

It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character. Arthur Schopenhauer

Silence is the cornerstone of character. Teton Sioux (Native American proverb)

The Stoic wise man may tremble in the face of danger. What matters is what he does next. Donald Robertson

A Stoic is determined, but not obstinate. A Stoic controls what they can, recognizes they cannot change that which is out of their control, but that they can change their mind… because they are open to learning they were wrong or misinformed. Ryan Holiday

We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them. Cato The Elder

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. Seneca

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See also: 8 Traits of Exceptional Character That Lead to Happiness and Success (entrepreneur.com)

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Character Quotes About Life, Developing Character, Growth

Developing your character is the best defense against the suffering of existence. Carlos Del Valle

Character develops itself in the stream of life. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Amor fati is about loving what happens and making use of it. Unknown (See also: What Is “Amor Fati” (A Love of Fate), 1 minute YouTube video)

Don’t just look at the river, jump in it, embrace it, as much as you can. Meaning is not found on the shore. Maxime Lagacé

Life is short. That’s all there is to say. Get what you can from the present – thoughtfully, justly. Unrestrained moderation. Marcus Aurelius

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

Choose a life of character not of convenience. Carlos Del Valle

Admire the people who beat you. Hire them. Rich Cohen

Amateurs think disagreements are threats. Professionals see them as an opportunity to learn. Shane Parrish

What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism. G.K. Chesterton

You cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. Marie Curie

If no one feels comfortable criticizing you, the likelihood that you will be better tomorrow is most probably nonexistent. Joseph Telushkin

A friend must be free to advise, and even to upbraid, without feeling embarrassed. Baltasar Gracián

When we blather about trivial things, we ourselves become trivial, for our attention gets taken up with trivialities. You become what you give your attention to. Epictetus

When you don’t speak your mind to avoid criticism, you have stunted your own personal growth. Bill Masur

What we can and should change is ourselves: our impatience, our egoism (including intellectual egoism), our sense of injury, our lack of love and forbearance. I regard every other attempt to change the world, even if it springs from the best intentions, as futile. Hermann Hesse

If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control – myself. Stephen R. Covey

Can you take criticism and use it constructively? Robert Greene (Mastery)

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See also: What Is Character? Its 3 True Qualities and How to Develop It (artofmanliness.com)

Character Quotes About Discipline, Responsibility, Perseverance

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If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it. Marcus Aurelius

Responsibility is always the very first of freedom. Osho

Character is doing what you don’t want to do but know you should do. Joyce Meyer

If you are undisciplined, you are a slave to your moods, you are a slave to your passions. Eliud Kipchoge

If there is something that must be done, it is better not to rely on others. Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure, Amazon book)

Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence. Ovid

When you know what you want, discipline becomes easy. When you know what you stand for, persevering becomes easy. When you want self-knowledge, meditate. Maxime Lagacé

Stop making excuses. Stop being a victim. Take personal responsibility. David Goggins

Fearing commitment is a fear of responsibility. Jack Peach

Whoever then wishes to be free, let him neither wish for anything nor avoid anything which depends on others: if he does not observe this rule, he must be a slave. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

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 (See also: responsibility quotes)

No one should desire to live in irregular circumstances; but if by chance a man falls into them, they test his character and show how much determination he is capable of. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Self-control is not repression, but the act of consciously and forcefully taking action without being led strictly by impulses and desires. This is what separates men from animals and men from boys. You take life by the horns instead of allowing life to rule over you. Bill Masur

Many words have been spoken by Plato, Zeno, Chrysippus, Posidonius, and by a whole host of equally excellent Stoics. I’ll tell you how people can prove their words to be their own – by putting into practice what they’ve been preaching. Seneca

Self-control is one mark of a mature person; it applies to control of language, physical treatment of others, and the appetites of the body. Joseph B. Wirthlin

Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions. Tim Ferriss

Humble in our aspirations. Gracious in our success. Resilient in our failures. Ryan Holiday

In the end you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard. Nicholas Sparks

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Character Quotes About Strength, Being Calm, Being Indifferent

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What other people think about me is not my business. Michael J. Fox

Accept in an unruffled spirit that which is inevitable. Seneca

Misfortune is virtue’s opportunity. Seneca

It is not to your benefit to see and hear everything. Many injuries ought to pass over us; if you ignore them, you get no more injury from them. Seneca

It is the character of a brave and resolute man not to be ruffled by adversity and not to desert his post. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Strong spirits turn away from sensual pleasures just as seafarers avoid reefs. Napoleon Bonaparte

It was for the best. So Nature has no choice but to do it. Marcus Aurelius

Indifference to external events. And a commitment to justice in your own acts. Which means: thought and action resulting in the common good. What you were born to do. Marcus Aurelius

You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone. Marcus Aurelius

It’s silly to try to escape other people’s faults. They are inescapable. Just try to escape your own. Marcus Aurelius

Having character starts by taking responsibility, grows with persistence, ends with inner peace. Maxime Lagacé (See also: calm quotes)

It is not things, but opinions about things that have absolutely no existence, which have so deranged mankind! Friedrich Nietzsche

Being unfiltered is not a sign of authenticity. It’s a sign of low self-control. Impulsive leadership is trusting your gut and shooting from the hip. Disciplined leadership is taking the time to consider the impact of your actions on others. Adam Grant

Whenever you think that some situation or some person is ruining your life, it’s actually you who are ruining your life. It’s such a simple idea. Feeling like a victim is a disastrous way to make go through life. Charlie Munger

There are two things you never want to pay any attention to – abuse and flattery. The first can’t harm you and the second can’t help you. George Horace Lorimer

Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation. Charlotte Brontë

You can accomplish anything if you can: 1) prioritize ruthlessly 2) control your attention. Both of these have become particularly hard in the present age. As such those who can control these two critical factors will rule the world. @TheAncientSage

The secret to being likable is to not care if people like you. Ed Latimore (See also: be yourself quotes)

Try to accept hard truths a little faster than other people do. It is a great advantage. @TheStoicEmperor

Men are disturbed not by the things which happen, but by the opinions about the things. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

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

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See also: 30 Character Traits of Mentally Strong People (roberthalf.com)

Character Quotes About Integrity, Values, Principles

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Character is ethics in action. Michael Josephson

Live truth instead of professing it. Elbert Hubbard

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

The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity. Roy L. Smith

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. Roy Disney

It is no dishonor to be in a minority in the cause of liberty and virtue. Sam Adams

The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. Margaret Chase Smith

Show me a man who has no enemies, and I’ll show you a man who’s never stood for shit. The Joker

Remember that reputation and integrity are your most valuable assets – and can be lost in a heartbeat. Charlie Munger

Those who have principles have a north star. Those who don’t are lost. Maxime Lagacé (See also: How to Create the Life You Want (And Find Your North Star), 13 minutes YouTube video)

To build your body, you need to exercise. To build your mind, you need to read. To uplift your soul, you need to create. F*ck the people who say it’s too much to ask of someone. Without ideals civilization wouldn’t exist. No one is inspired by mediocrity. Bill Masur

Character is the intangible quality that allows others to trust you and you to trust yourself. @TheStoicEmperor

The greatest test isn’t what you do when you are a victim. The greatest test is what you do when you have power. Thibaut

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

A man must defend himself, if only to demonstrate his fitness to defend anything else. Frederick Douglass

Life becomes easy when you have principles on which you don’t compromise. @TheAncientSage

Don’t be impressed by money, job titles, big words. Be impressed by character, virtues, real world actions. Carlos Del Valle

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them. Napoleon Bonaparte

Indifference to external events. And a commitment to justice in your own acts. Marcus Aurelius

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

The only real failure is abandoning your principles. Ryan Holiday

What does it mean to be samurai? To devote yourself utterly to a set of moral principles. To seek a stillness of your mind. And to master the way of the sword. John Logan

We must welcome changing times but cling to principles that never change. Julia Coleman

To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society. Theodore Roosevelt

We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy. J.K. Rowling

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Character Quotes About Reputation

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Character is much easier kept than recovered. Thomas Paine

Reputation is character minus what you’ve been caught doing. Michael Iapoce

The weak protect their reputation. The confident build it. The wise laugh at it. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

When you walk the walk, whether successful or not, you feel more indifferent and robust to people’s opinion, freer, more real. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Never live your life seeking validation from anyone. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive for an impeccable reputation. Validation is meaningless. Your reputation is priceless. Ralph Napolitano (See also: love yourself quotes)

If you wish to be well spoken of, learn to speak well (of others): and when you have learned to speak well of them, try to act well, and so you will reap the fruit of being well spoken of. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

The gain acquired at the expense of reputation, should be counted a loss. Publius Syrus

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 Dyer

One’s own reputation – why the fuss? One’s own wealth – why the concern? I say, what you gain is more trouble than what you lose. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching, Amazon book)

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. Socrates

If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself. Dwight L. Moody

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See also: How To Improve Your Personality | 9 Personality Enhancing Tips (6 minutes YouTube video by alpha m.)

Character Quotes About Attitude, Being Good

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Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. Albert Einstein

What most counts is not merely to live, but to live right. Socrates

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. Socrates

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

In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action. Aristotle

We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions. Aristotle

You avoid mediocrity by ignoring what’s unimportant. You become good by focusing on what you control. Maxime Lagacé (See also: focus quotes)

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. Jane Austen

A person with charisma can make a friend quickly. A person with character can keep a friend for a lifetime. @TheStoicEmperor

Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness. Anne Frank (See also: good quotes)

A focused, consistent, positively motivated and disciplined character is essential to making your life story have a happy ending. Iyanla Vanzant

One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls. Jack Kerouac

Generosity wins favor for every one, especially when it is accompanied by modesty. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It’s time to stop labeling poor and rich people by their money. Instead a poor person is one who has a victim mentality and doesn’t think they have control of their lives. A rich person is one who sees abundance in the world and focuses on bringing value to others. Eric Bandholz

It’s not enough to be right. You also have to be kind. Ryan Holiday

Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others. Hermann Hesse (Gertrude) (See also: maturity quotes)

Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on. Criss Jami

If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish prig. Woodrow Wilson

All real success is internal and has very little to do with external circumstances. Naval Ravikant

And then you might see what the life of the good man is like – someone content with what nature assigns him, and satisfied with being just and kind himself. Marcus Aurelius

What is your vocation? To be a good person. Marcus Aurelius

Be a good person, but don’t waste your time trying to prove it. Paulo Coelho

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See also: 15 Simple Traits Of A Truly Good Person (lifehack.org)

Part 4. Conclusion

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Fame is a vapor, popularity is an accident, riches take wings, those who cheer today may curse tomorrow and only one thing endures – character. Harry Truman

Call to action: Read How to Develop Your Character (trans4mind.com) or watch The Keys to Building Character | Leila Janah on Impact Theory (55 minutes YouTube video)

Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

Creation Date

March 11, 2020

Last Update

August 13, 2020

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