Quotes About Character

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”

Phillips Brooks


“When a man is wrong and won’t admit it, he always gets angry.”

Thomas Chandler Haliburton


“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”

Abraham Lincoln


“If the whole world followed you, would you be pleased with where you took it?”

Neale Donald Walsch


“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.


“No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“No one who deserves confidence ever solicits it.”

John Lennon


“The best indices to a person’s character are how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

Abigail Van Buren


“Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.”



“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”

James A. Michener


“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


“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”

John Wooden


“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is a confession of character.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“There is no need to boast of your accomplishments and what you can do. A great man is known. He needs no introduction.”



“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

Mahatma Gandhi


“How a man plays a game shows something of his character, how he loses shows all of it.”



“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”

John Wooden


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Most great men and women are not perfectly rounded in their personalities, but are instead people whose one driving enthusiasm is so great it makes their faults seem insignificant.”

Charles A. Cerami