Character is who you are when no one is watching. It’s the choices you make when you think no one will find out. It’s the things you do when you’re sure you’ll never be caught. Character is what defines you as a person, and it’s something that you should strive to build in yourself.

In this blog post, we’ve gathered together 130 of the best character quotes. These quotes come from a variety of sources, including religious texts, business leaders, and famous authors. So, whether you’re looking for a little inspiration or just want to reflect on the importance of character, this list is for you.

“Maybe you have to live under cover for a while before you can find your true character.” ― Hugo Hamilton

“When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character.” ― W. Somerset Maugham

“Parents can only give [their children] good advice or put them on the right path, but the final form of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ― Anne Frank

“In order to persevere, a person often needs other character attributes such as open-mindedness.” ― Rohan Phoenix

“Of all the properties which belong to honourable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.” ― Henry Clay

 “Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.” ― Faith Baldwin

“If you pay too much attention to your reputation, you could lose your character.” ― Michael Josephson

“Even water carves monuments of stone, so do our thoughts shape our character.” ― Hugh B. Brown

“Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” – Jack London

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.” – Dale Carnegie

“Character is one of the greatest motive powers in the world. In its noblest embodiments, it exemplifies human nature in its highest forms, for it exhibits man at his best.” – Samuel Smiles

“In the end, it is the person you become, not the things you achieve, that is most important.”  Les Brown

 “Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.” – Alfred Adler

“What a man’s mind can create, man’s character should control.” – Thomas Edison

“The ability to remain calm before, during, and after the storm reveals one’s true strength of character.” – Christine E. Szymanski

“We are masters of our characters and in turn, slaves of their outgrowth.” – Mohammed Ali Bapir

“Character forms a life regardless of how obscurely that life is lived and how little light falls on it from the stars.” – James Hillman

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

 “Character is doing what you don’t want to do but know you should do.” – Joyce Meyer

 “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein

“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey

“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.” – Albert Einstein

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” – Bruce Lee

“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

 “I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.” – Ronald Reagan

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.” – Dr William Menninger

“Conduct reveals character, and we best understand integrity when we see it lived out in a person’s life.” – Charles H. Dyer

“To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.” – Katharine Hepburn

 “Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.” – Benjamin Franklin

“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

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

 “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honour.” – Aristotle

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

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Ziglar

“Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.” – Stephen Covey

“In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.” – Henry Van Dyke

“We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we would die.” – Albert Camus

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

“Reputation is for time; character is for eternity.” – J.B. Gough

“Over time, for better or worse, most leaders exhibit consistent patterns of leadership behaviour. The pattern shapes their reputation (how they are known and perceived by others), is considered a reflection of their character, and largely determines their standing and status with others.” – Gene Klan

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

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

“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

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Ziglar

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The ability to remain calm before, during, and after the storm reveals one’s true strength of character.” – Christine E. Szymanski

“Character forms a life regardless of how obscurely that life is lived and how little light falls on it from the stars.” – James Hillman

“If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself.” – Woodrow Wilson

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

“Conduct reveals character, and we best understand integrity when we see it lived out in a person’s life.” – Charles H. Dyer

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey

“We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the colour of our moral character, from those who are around us.” – John Locke

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

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honour.” – Aristotle

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein

“In order to persevere, a person often needs other character attributes such as open-mindedness.” Rohan Phoenix

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

“Of all the properties which belong to honourable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.” – Henry Clay

“It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“Before we determine character from behaviour, we must consider the context.” – Dr Stephen Lennox

“Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” – Jack London

“If someone lacks character, “Be yourself!” is the worst advice you can give.” – Jeremiah Say

“Parents can only give [their children] good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank

“Character is doing what you don’t want to do but know you should do.” – Joyce Meyer

“Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone.” – Cyrus Bartoli

“Action is character.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The greatest test of a man’s character is his tongue.” – Oswald Chambers

“If there was no money and everything depended on your moral standard, the way that you behaved, and the way that you treated people, how would you be doing in life?” – Tupac Shakur

“If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.” – Andre Maurois

“I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!” – Theodore Roosevelt

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.” – Joan Didion

“Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.” – Katharine Hepburn

“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.” – Benjamin Franklin

“It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.” – Henri Frederic Amyl

“It is in the character of very few men to honour without envy a friend who has prospered.” – Aeschylus

“You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.” – Ronald Reagan

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” – H. Jackson Brown

“Ability can take you the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” – Zig Ziglar

“To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” – Confucius

“A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.” – Charlie Chaplin

“Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.” – Wayne Dyer

“Character is simply habit long continued.” – Plutarch

“All cruelty springs from weakness.” – Seneca

“We are not just products of our past; people in our present also influence us and help meld our character.” – David Packer

“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

“The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.” – Ann Landers

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Kahlil Gibran

“You will know what kind of man he is not by the things he says, but by the things he does.” – Cassandra Clare

“An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual.” – Robert Baden-Powell

“Hard conditions of life are indispensable to bringing out the best in human personality.” – Alexis Carrel

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