Character Quotes


I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.

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.

Whatever you are physically...male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but
you
are the light inside.

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters

I am not an angel,' I asserted; 'and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me - for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre
Character    Empowerment    Flaws    Freedom    Gender    Ideal woman    Identity    Image    Independence    Integrity    Love    Men    Realism    Romance    Self awareness    Self determination    Women

Fat’ is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her.
I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain…
I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’
‘Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’
What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!
I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.

In youth, it was a way I had,
To do my best to please.
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.
But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.

Adaptation    Change    Character    Empowerment    Love    Men    Nature    Pleasing    Self discovery    Self esteem    Self respect    Truthfulness    Wisdom    Women    Youth

When you find a man you wish to marry, Tessa, remember this: You will know what kind of man he is not by the things he says, but by the things he does.

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.

Wonder

R.J. Palacio

Wonder

In the end you should always do the right thing even if it's hard.

The Last Song

Nicholas Sparks

The Last Song

Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

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.

Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us?

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

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.

There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome."
"And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody."
"And yours," he replied with a smile, "is wilfully to misunderstand them.

Character    Defects    Dislike    Education    Hatred    Misunderstanding    Propensity    Repartee    Retort    Wit

If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don't bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.

It is better to be alone than in bad company.

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.

Antigone

Sophocles

Antigone
Change    Character    Course    Crime    Failure    Mistakes    Pride    Yield

I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.

A man's true character comes out when he's drunk.

Character    Drunk    Humor    People    Truth

To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.
I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography - to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience.

The English Patient

Michael Ondatjee

The English Patient

What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.

Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.

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

All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes -- characters even -- caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.

The Thirteenth Tale

Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale
Books    Character    Characters    Ideas    Impact    Reading

A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.

Character    Dogs    Families    Family    Family life    Pets

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

The measure of a man is what he does with power.

I am not an angel," I asserted; "and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: ‘To rise above little things’.

Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.

On Self-Respect

Joan Didion

On Self-Respect

When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.

Character is doing what you don't want to do but know you should do.

Be an independent thinker at all times, and ignore anyone who attempts to define you in a limiting way.

Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy.

I'm afraid that we all make mistakes. One of the things that defines our character is how we handle mistakes. If we lie about having made a mistake, then it can't be corrected and it festers. On the other hand, if we give up just because we made a mistake, even a big mistake, none of us would get far in life.

Confessor

Terry Goodkind

Confessor

One's character is set at an early age. The choices you make now will affect you for the rest of your life. I hate to see you swim out so far you can't swim back.

Flipped

Wendelin Van Draanen Flipped

Flipped

Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past.

When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.

Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.

A man with no enemies is a man with no character.

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