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Character Quotes

67 of the best book quotes about character
  1. #1
    “People aren’t either wicked or noble. They’re like chef’s salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.”
  2. #2
    “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.”
  3. #3
    “He felt that he was leaving behind him his chance of being a certain type of artist. It seemed so much more important to be a certain sort of man.”
  4. #4
    “Good things come to those who find it and shove it in their mouth!”
  5. #5
    “I am who I am and I have the need to be.”
  6. #6
    The most perceptive character in a play is the fool, because the man who wishes to seem simple cannot possibly be a simpleton.
  7. #7
    ″‘People tend to overestimate my character,’ I say quietly. ‘They think that because I’m small, or a girl, or a Stiff, I can’t possibly be cruel. But they’re wrong.‘”
  8. #8
    Truly great men must, I think, experience great sorrow on the earth.
  9. #9
    “Oftentimes. when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too. But it never helps.”
  10. #10
    “It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.”
  11. #11
    “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.”
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  1. #12
    “If you think I’m one of those people who try to be funny at breakfast you’re wrong. I’m invariably ill-tempered in the early morning.”
  2. #13
    “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.”
  3. #14
    “It is good people who make good places.”
  4. #15
    “When someone blushes, doesn’t that mean ‘yes’?”
  5. #16
    “No varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself.”
  6. #17
    “I am what you designed me to be. I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt.”
  7. #18
    The city became for me the ideal of what I wanted to be as a grown-up. Friendly, but never gushing, cool but not frigid or distant, distinguished without the awful stiffness.
  8. #19
    Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it.
  9. #20
    “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.”
  10. #21
    “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.”
  11. #22
    “Why don’t you just be yourself? … No one can help but admire your spirit.”
  1. #23
    “All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.”
  2. #24
    “When there are miles to go before we sleep, altered traits are more important than altered states.”
  3. #25
    “Whoever’s calm and sensible is insane!”
  4. #26
    “No one is ever satisfied where he is.”
  5. #27
    “We all have souls of different ages.”
  6. #28
    “When we make little sacrifices we like to have them appreciated, at least.”
  7. #29
    “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
  8. #30
    “I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.”
  9. #31
    “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.”
  10. #32
    “In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s, we do not accept them easily enough.”
  11. #33
    “I suppose if a man has something once, always something of it remains.”
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More Than Balloons book
6.2
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More Than Balloons
The Rag Coat book
6.1
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The Rag Coat
Penguin and Pinecone book
6.0
board book
Penguin and Pinecone
All the Places to Love book
6.0
picture book
All the Places to Love
The Trumpet of the Swan book
6.0
chapter book
The Trumpet of the Swan
Spot Loves His Daddy book
6.0
board book
Spot Loves His Daddy
Three Little Words book
6.0
picture book
Three Little Words
Charlotte and the Rock book
5.9
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Charlotte and the Rock
  1. #34
    “If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.”
  2. #35
    “I want to be brave, and selfless, and smart, and kind, and honest.”
    author
    Veronica Roth
    book
    Divergent
    character
    Four
    concept
    Character
  3. #36
    “The better ambitions have to do with the development of character and ability, rather than status and power. Status you can lose. You carry character with you wherever you go, and it allows you to prevail against adversity.”
  4. #37
    “Heidi was never unhappy, for wherever she was she found something to interest or amuse her.”
  5. #38
    “If a man’s word isn’t any good, he’s no good himself.”
  6. #39
    “Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good not to do harm.”
  7. #40
    “People always fall in love with the most perfect aspects of each other’s personalities. Who wouldn’t? Anybody can love the most wonderful parts of another person. But that’s not the clever trick. The really clever trick is this: Can you accept the flaws? Can you look at your partner’s faults honestly and say, ‘I can work around that. I can make something out of it.’? Because the good stuff is always going to be there, and it’s always going to pretty and sparkly, but the crap underneath can ruin you.”
  8. #41
    “You’ve got about as much charm as a dead slug.”
  9. #42
    “When you chase a dream, you learn about yourself. You learn your capabilities and limitations, and the value of hard work and persistence.”
  10. #43
    “It’s just that sometimes, our future is dictated by what we are, as opposed to what we want.”
  11. #44
    “Love, after all, always said more about those who felt it than it did about the ones they loved.”
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Little Oink book
6.3
board book
Little Oink
The Donut Chef book
6.3
picture book
The Donut Chef
Little Hoot book
6.3
board book
Little Hoot
McToad Mows Tiny Island book
6.3
picture book
McToad Mows Tiny Island
Poor Doreen book
6.3
picture book
Poor Doreen
Little Pea book
6.3
board book
Little Pea
Let's Go, Hugo! book
6.0
picture book
Let's Go, Hugo!
  1. #45
    “To be honest, I can’t imagine how anyone could say ‘I’m weak’ and then stay that way. If you know that about yourself, why not fight it, why not develop your character?”
  2. #46
    “I’ve learned one thing: you only really get to know a person after a fight. Only then can you judge their true character!”
  3. #47
    “You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone.”
  4. #48
    “The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred.”
  5. #49
    “When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.”
  6. #50
    “There are only two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.‘”
  7. #51
    “In my experience, Well-read people are less likely to be evil.”
  8. #52
    “Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I’ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him.”
  9. #53
    “It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.”
  10. #54
    “There are many Beth’s in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.”
  11. #55
    “What we know matters but who we are matters more.”
Books about dreamsView All ››
A Bedtime Yarn book
6.0
picture book
A Bedtime Yarn
Sleep, Baby, Sleep book
5.5
board book
Sleep, Baby, Sleep
Tomorrow Most Likely book
5.3
picture book
Tomorrow Most Likely
Bulldozer Dreams book
4.8
picture book
Bulldozer Dreams
Green Wilma book
4.6
picture book
Green Wilma
Sea Glass Summer book
4.6
picture book
Sea Glass Summer
Sweet Dreams book
4.5
picture book
Sweet Dreams
  1. #56
    “What I meant was, if Atticus Finch drank until he was drunk he wouldn’t be as hard as some men are at their best. There are just some kind of men who-who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”
  2. #57
    “She knew the years of isolation had altered her behavior until she was different from others, but it wasn’t her fault she’d been alone. Most of what she knew, she’d learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.”
  3. #58
    “I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.”
  4. #59
    “You’re wrong. She is a phony. But on the other hand you’re right. She isn’t a phony because she’s a real phony. She believes all this crap she believes. You can’t talk her out of it.”
  5. #60
    “There are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them.”
  6. #61
    “The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards.”
  7. #62
    “Oh come, now, you don’t mean to let on that you like it?”
    The brush continued to move.
    “Like it? Well I don’t see why I oughtn’t to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?”
    That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom swept his brush daintily back and forth—stepped back to note the effect—added a touch here and there—criticized the effect again—Ben watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more absorbed. Presently he said:
    “Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little.”
  8. #63
    “When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands. When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.”
  9. #64
    “Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I’ve a right to be hurt, I don’t intend to show it.”
  10. #65
    “Under the strain of this continually impending doom and by the sleeplessness to which I now condemned myself, ay, even beyond what I had thought possible to man, I became, in my own person, a creature eaten up and emptied by fever, languidly weak both in body and mind, and solely occupied by one thought: the horror of my other self.”
  11. #66
    “The sincere wish to be good is half the battle.”
  12. #67
    “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
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