Quotes and sayings on Human Character

Some of my favorite character quotes.

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny


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

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character”
~T. Alan Armstrong

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

“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.”
~John Luther

“The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.”

“If you don’t have enemies, you don’t have character.”

“Our character…is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.”

“What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.”

“The (ancient) Greeks believed that character was formed in part by fate and in part by parental training, and that character was exemplified not only by acts of bravery in battle but in the habits of daily conduct.”

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

“Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.”

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

“Beauty more than bitterness makes the heart break.”

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

“Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.”
~ Shaquille ONeal

” Never does a man portray his own character more vividly than in his manner of portraying another. ”

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

“What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher

“Being unable to reason is not a positive character trait outside religion”
~Dewey Henize

3 thoughts on “Quotes and sayings on Human Character

  1. personality on

    “It’s beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.”

  2. Jimmy on

    Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have… a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers.

    The test of every religious, political, or educational system, is the man which it forms. If a system injures the intelligence it is bad. If it injures the character it is vicious. If it injures the conscience it is criminal.

  3. Open discussion of many major public questions has for some time now been taboo. We can’t open our mouths without being denounced as racists, misogynists, supremacists, imperialists or fascists. As for the media, they stand ready to trash anyone so designated.

    Elias Boudinot, quotes about Character:
    Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.

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