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No artist work is so high, so noble, so grand, so enduring, so important for all time, as the making of character is a child.

Author: Charlotte Saunders Cushman (1816-1876)

Profession: American Actor

Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

You can construct the character of a man and his age not only from what he does and says, but from what he fails to say and do.

Author: Norman Douglas (1868-1952)

Profession: British Author

Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles.

Author: Henry Drummond (1786-1860)

Profession: British Banker, Politician, Religious Leader

What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.

Author: Henry Van Dyke (1852--1933)

Profession: American Protestant Clergyman and Writer

For character too is a process and an unfolding... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

Do what you know and perception is converted into character.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

That which we call character is a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means. It is conceived of as a certain undemonstrable force, a familiar or genius, by whose impulses the man is guided, but whose counsels he cannot impart.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist