20 Great Quotes – Character

It was supposed to be snowing yesterday when I was able to sneak out for my run in the afternoon. Instead, the clouds had cleared and there was abundant sunshine the entire time.

I emailed a friend after I got home to report on my run and he said that he was hoping to get out that evening to do 12-15 miles under the full moon. I told him that I hoped he could get it done before the bad weather moved in. He replied, “Foul weather adds character right?”

How often do we color a less than pleasant experience as being character building? Having character means being able to persevere and succeed almost joyfully in the face of adversity. It is also in a way synonymous with integrity in my opinion, knowing the right way to do something as well as the wrong way, and willfully choosing the right way.

Here are some of my favorite quotes about character. I hope you enjoy them.

“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

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” – Albert Einstein

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” – Sam Ewing

“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

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” – Heywood Broun

“Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.” – Paul Bryant

“The discipline you learn and character you build from setting and achieving a goal can be more valuable than the achievement of the goal itself.” – Bo Bennett

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” – Billy Graham

“The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.” – Mark Twain

“Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.” – J. C. Watts

“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” – Norman Schwarzkopf

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.” – Thomas Paine

“Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.” – Napoleon Hill

“Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.” – Yousuf Karsh

“A man’s character is his fate.” – Heraclitus

As I read these quotes again, I’m inspired to be mindful of my own experiences, good and bad, and how I respond to them which ultimately defines my character. And then to make improvements where I must.

Are there any other character quotes that you would like to share?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado


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