Quotes About Character


CHARACTER is the sum of my decisions and actions; the pattern I show by the way I treat myself & others. 

“Every person has a different view of another person’s image.  That’s all perception.  The character of a man, the integrity, that’s who you are.”

-Steve Alford, Head Coach, UCLA Bruins Men’s Basketball Team

“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life.”

-Walter Anderson, author

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

Paul “Bear” Bryant, Head coach, University of Alabama football team

“Our character is basically the composite of our habits.”

-Dr. Stephen Covey, author & motivational speaker

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next.  Virtue is doing it.”

-David Starr Jordan, Former President of Indiana University & Founding President of Stanford University

“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, author, political activist, and lecturer

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr., Baptist minister, activist & leader of the Civil Rights Movement

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

-Abraham Lincoln, Former President of the United States

“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, British historian and Whig politician

“There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence.”

-Orison Swett Marden, author & founder of SUCCESS magazine

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

-Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady, diplomat and activist

“Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they’ll become… habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.”

-Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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

-Mark Twain, author