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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Character and force

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

Thomas B. Macaulay – Character

The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.

Henry David Thoreau – Character of invidduals

To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man’s character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours.

Mark Twain – Character

We falsely attribute to men a determined character – putting together all their yesterdays – and averaging them – we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support – it is worse than a large family – he is the silent poor indeed.

Henry David Thoreau – Character

Clothes don’t tell the character of the man, but they just as well talk for him as against him.

All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.

Christian Nevell Bovee – Character

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

Elbert Hubbard – Character

Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.

Orison Swett Marden – Character

Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.

Thomas Carlyle – Character & Honor

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Opinion & character

Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quote on Character

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

John Wooden – Character & Reputation

Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.

Thomas Paine – Character

A man’s character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.

Henry Ward Beecher – Character

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