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70 Thought-Provoking Character Quotes That Will Inspire You To Be Your Best Self

Character is defined as a person’s moral qualities; it’s the way we think, feel and behave. These 70 thought-provoking quotes about character reveal how life’s challenges can be overcome with the right mentality.

Have you ever wondered how your character is perceived by others or felt compelled to improve your self-reflection and self-awareness? You’re in the right place to be inspired by these character quotes which will make you ponder the sense of self, identity, and personality.

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1. “Character is power.” – Booker T. Washington

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2. “Primary greatness is on the inside. It’s about character.” – Stephen Covey

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3. “ . . . there are limits to what we can or should do to please another. We are not asking for full-on character changes. We are asking for modifications that will smooth out our frustrations with each other.” – Linda Drevenstedt

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4. “Character is the moral strength to do the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay.”Michael Josephson

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5. “Character is simply habit long continued.” – Plutarch

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6. “You choose your socks by their color, but your friends by their character.”Unknown

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7. “The habits of feeling, action and judgment that comprise good character depend on personal self-discipline and powerful aspiration to become a good person, all of which must be drawn from within.”Edwin Delattre

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8. “Those who truly believe in their potential and know they can succeed have always pushed on forward, which basically reveals a strong character and the desire to be successful.” – Stephen Steel

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

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

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11. “Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death.”Eleanor Roosevelt

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12. “Character is doing what’s right.” – Jocko Willink

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13. “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

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

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15. “If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me.” – Dwight Moody

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16. “Some are blessed with the physical and mental facility, but none are more prized than the one who has developed true character.” – Greg Henry Quinn

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17. “Beauty catches the attention, but character catches the heart.” – Unknown

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18. “Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.” – Unknown

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19. “Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.” – Unknown

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 20. “Your character defines who you are by the actions you take.” – Catherine Pulsifer

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

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22. “Out of your vulnerabilities, will come your strength.” Sigmund Freud

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23. “True character is revealed when pressure is applied.” – Unknown

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24. “Some say knowledge is power, but that is not true.  Character is power.” – Sathya Sai Baba

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25. “You never really know the true quality of someone’s character until the road gets rocky.” – Unknown

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26. “Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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27. “Strong character is created through difficulties.” – Unknown

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28. “The greatest architecture is building character.” – Lewis F. Korns

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29. “Your true character is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do nothing for you.” – Mother Teresa

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30. “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; / when health is lost, something is lost; / when character is lost, all is lost.” German proverb

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

32. “Beauty has a lot to do with character.” – Kevyn Aucoin

33. “Our characters are the result of our conduct.”Aristotle

34. “Character is revealed by how you act when you think no one is looking.” Unknown

35. “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” –  Martin Luther King Jr.

36. “Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone.”Cyrus Bartol

37. “Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.”Solon

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

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

40. “Good character is the single most important attribute of a successful and worthy life.”Michael Josephson

41. “Character is what you are in the dark.”Rev. Dwight Moody

42. “Good, honest, hardheaded character is a function of the home. If the proper seed is sown there and properly nourished for a few years, it will not be easy for that plant to be uprooted.” – George A. Dorsey

43. “Hire for character, train for skills.”Michael Josephson

44. “Character consists of the moral awareness and strength to know the good, love the good and do the good.” Unknown

45. “Character is not something that you buy; it is not a commodity that can be bartered for; it is not a quality suited for only the rich and famous; rather, character is built upon the foundational commitment of love, honesty, and compassion for others.” – Byron R. Pulsifer

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

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

48. “Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.”Jacqueline Bisset

49. “How important is the heart! It is there that character is formed. It alone holds the secrets of true success. Its treasures are priceless — but they can be stolen.”Charles Swindoll

50. “Never does a man portray his character more vividly than when proclaiming the character of another.” – Winston Churchill

51. “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

52. “He is happy, whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent, who can suit his temper to any circumstances.” – David Hume

53. “Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.” – Marcus Aurelius

54. “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

55. “Generosity of character is important. It builds confidence by reminding you that you are a decent human being, and that you deserve any good things which might come your way.” – John Franz

56. “If we are truly honest with ourselves, we can see that we each have many characteristic flaws. Especially when we are tired or hungry; these are the times that our character is tested.” – Sean PI

57. “You can tell the character of every man when you see how he gives and receives praise.” – Seneca

58. “The courage of today becomes the character of tomorrow.” – Maxime Lagacé

59. “Be grateful for the joy of life. Be glad for the privilege of work. Be thankful for the opportunity to give and serve. Good work is the great character-builder, the sweetener of life, the maker of destiny. Let the spirit of your work be right, and whether your task be great or small you will then have the satisfaction of knowing it is worthwhile.” – Grenville Kleiser

60. “The first thing that any education ought to give a man is character and the second thing is education.” – George Horace Lorimer

61. “If someone lacks character, “Be yourself!” is the worst advice you can give.” Unknown

62. “It can ruin your life only if it ruins your character. Otherwise, it cannot harm you – inside or out.” – Marcus Aurelius

63. “What we know matters but who we are matters more.” – Brené Brown

64. “You may be sure that you are at peace with yourself when no noise reaches you, when no word shakes you out of yourself.” – Seneca

65. “How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?” – Epictetus

66. “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

67. “Everyone tries to define this thing called Character. It’s not hard. Character is doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.” – J. C. Watts

68. “Tell the truth. Do your best no matter how trivial the task. Choose the difficult right over the easy wrong. Look out for the group before you look out for yourself. Don’t whine or make excuses. Judge others by their actions and not by their race or other characteristics.” – United States Marines

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

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