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Character Quotes

It is the character that makes people different. If everybody has the same character, the world would lose all its colors and variety. Thanks to the DNA, circumstances and the zillions of philosophical and theosophical ideologies that we subscribe to, we are different. Even though the modern, corporate culture seeks to make us perform at the same levels, we are still different. These days, when the world is a global village, the differences in cultures and individuals may be blurring but they still exist. Here's hoping the vibrancy of earth stays and survives in the differences that its inhabitants exhibit. Read these character quotes to know more about the subject.

Alexander Hamilton

A promise must never be broken.

Charles Bukowski

Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste.

William James

Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.

Samuel Johnson

A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.


Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them.

Gene Tierney

I am not the kind of woman who excuses her mistakes while reminding us of what used to be.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.

Drew Barrymore

I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end.

Theodore Roosevelt

A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.

Charlie Chaplin

All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman.

Walt Disney

I believe in being an innovator.

Henry James

I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.

Lewis Carroll

She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).


Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.


Always keep your composure. You can't score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.

Henry Ward Beecher

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.

Elbert Hubbard

A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.

Leo Buscaglia

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people's bad manners.

William Zabka

I didn't set out to be a villain in film. I'm a character actor, and if my first movie was a comedy, I could have played a geek just as well.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Don't think for a moment that I'm really like any of the characters I've played. I'm not. That's why it's called 'acting'.

Andrew Jackson

Never take counsel of your fears.

George Foreman

I've seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won.

Larry King

It's joyful to give. But for people who want to take advantage of you, you're kind of an easy mark.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.

Honoré de Balzac

A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists.


He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.


A portion of mankind take pride in their vices and pursue their purpose; many more waver between doing what is right and complying with what is wrong.

Mitch Albom

This is a story about a man named Eddie and it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun.

Charles Lamb

Anything awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral.

Alexander Hamilton

A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.

Theodore Roosevelt

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!

Chevy Chase

I was always the guy getting kicked out of my classes at school for having an attitude problem.

Maya Angelou

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.

George Foreman

George Foreman. A miracle. A mystery to myself. Who am I? The mirror says back. The George you was always meant to be. Wasn't always like that. Used to look in the mirror and cried a river.

Billy Graham

A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.


A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.

George Eliot

All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.


Character is long-standing habit.

Garrison Keillor

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.

Bill Watterson

I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.

Brian Tracy

Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.

Gene Tierney

I loved to eat. For all of Hollywood's rewards, I was hungry for most of those 20 years.

Franklin P. Jones

Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

Joe Rogan

Have you ever talked to someone, and you're not even really talking to them? Actors are the worst for that.

Reese Witherspoon

It really bothers me when people don't use coasters. Particularly on my table.


Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.

Billie Jean King

Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.

Emily Dickinson

Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.

Robert Louis Stevenson

A friend is a gift you give yourself.

Arthur Ashe

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.

Samuel Johnson

A man will turn over half a library to make one book.

P. G. Wodehouse

He was white and shaken, like a dry martini.

Nora Roberts

Actually, I find it great fun to develop family series with lots of characters.

Hillaire Belloc

An institute run with such knavish imbecility that if it were not the work of God it would not last a fortnight.

Edgar Allan Poe

In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.

George Foreman

I want to keep fighting because it is the only thing that keeps me out of the hamburger joints. If I don't fight, I'll eat this planet.

Henry James

I hate American simplicity. I glory in the piling up of complications of every sort. If I could pronounce the name James in any different or more elaborate way I should be in favor of doing it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Character develops itself in the stream of life.


Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.

William Butler Yeats

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.

Napolean Hill

Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.

Simone Weil

I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic which becomes more or less pronounced according to the play of circumstances.

Dwight L. Moody

A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian... and most of all, his family ought to know.

Baltasar Gracian

A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.

Kin Hubbard

Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.

Helen Rowland

A man can become so accustomed to the thought of his own faults that he will begin to cherish them as charming little personal characteristics.

William Zabka

Sometimes you become a character, and sometimes the character becomes you.

Julia Roberts

You can be true to the character all you want but you've got to go home with yourself.

Keira Knightley

One of the best characters in English literature.

Lenny Kravitz

I am still into the people I listened to growing up, so I completely remember what is like to be a fan, I haven't changed.

Ulysses S. Grant

I have made it a rule of my life to trust a man long after other people gave him up, but I don't see how I can ever trust any human being again.

Halle Berry

It is very hard to separate one's self from a character. Sometimes the people closest to me have to be very understanding.

Norman Vincent Peale

Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them. If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.


In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.

Robert Burns

Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.

John Dryden

Words are but pictures of our thoughts.

Nora Roberts

I don't base any character on a real person, and really don't do composites either. I make them up.

James Russell Lowell

A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions.

John Greenleaf Whittier

It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done.

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Leo Buscaglia

A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.

Helen Rowland

A man is like a cat; chase him and he will run - sit still and ignore him and he'll come purring at your feet.

Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.

Gwen Stefani

I don't fight with people - like, I can barely fight with my husband because I'll just start crying instead.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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.

Lenny Kravitz

I identify with women more than men. I guess I have a strong feminine side.

Ulysses S. Grant

I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.

John D. Rockefeller

The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit... a reputation, character.

Sophia Bush

I get to experiment with a lot of looks with my character so that's really fun for me. It's like getting to paint a new canvas everyday.

Albert Camus

How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.

Billy Graham

Give me five minutes with a person's checkbook, and I will tell you where their heart is.

Benjamin Disraeli

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

I have a love interest in every one of my films - a gun.

Drew Barrymore

I never want to get to the point where it's all about my needs, and the hell with anybody else.

Osama bin Laden

We treat them in the same way. Those who kill our women and innocent, we kill their women and innocent, until they refrain.

Charlie Chaplin

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.

Ernest Hemingway

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.