With tough times on the way, it's a good idea to work on your character (yes it can be worked on). These character quotes from famous people can help you in your quest.

Why "character quotes?" It looks like 2009 will be a challenge for everyone. That's why Character is so important. It is through character we decide not to run and hide from adversity; but to stand up to it and face the tough times honestly and courageously.

Like so many other things, when studying character it is a good idea to study what well respected people have said about it over the years. This list of character quotes will help with that process.

Let's get started:

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

"Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open."

Elmer G. Letterman

"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

"Parents can only give 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

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

Joan Didion

"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

"Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street."

Elbert Hubbard

"A man's character is his fate."


"When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends."

Japanese Proverb

"I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream -- a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man's skin determines the content of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel."

Napoleon Hill

"Reputation is what the world thinks a man is; character is what he really is."


We hope you enjoyed these character quotes. Enjoyment is not enough. Not if you want to lead the "good life." Study the quotes and decide how you can establish them in your effort to build your character.

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