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Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.

Author: Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)

Profession: German Novelist

The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.

Author: Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (1890-1973)

Profession: American Aviator, World War I Ace

Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.

Author: Anthony Robbins (1960)

Profession: American Author, Speaker, Peak Performance Expert / Consultant

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.

Author: Jim Rohn

Profession: American Businessman, Author, Speaker, Philosopher

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.

Author: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Profession: American First Lady, Columnist, Lecturer, Humanitarian

Football doesn't build character. It eliminates weak ones.

Author: Darrell Royal

Profession: College Football Coach

Character is the 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.

Author: R. C. Samsel


Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.

Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)

Profession: American Philosopher, Poet

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

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Profession: German Philosopher

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.

Author: Sri Swami Sivananda (1887)

Profession: Indian Physician, Sage

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.

Author: Roy L. Smith

Profession: American Clergyman

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble

Author: Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Profession: British Baptist Preacher

A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.

Author: J. August Strindberg (1849-1912)

Profession: Swedish Dramatist, Novelist, Poet