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32 of the best book quotes about character
  1. #1
    “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.”
  2. #2
    “I am who I am and I have the need to be.”
  3. #3
    “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.”
  4. #4
    “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.”
  5. #5
    “Good things come to those who find it and shove it in their mouth!”
  6. #6
    “Oftentimes. when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too. But it never helps.”
  7. #7
    “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.”
  8. #8
    “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.”
  9. #9
    “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.”
  10. #10
    “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.”
  11. #11
    “No one is ever satisfied where he is.”
  12. #12
    “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
  13. #13
    “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.”
  14. #14
    “We all have souls of different ages.”
  15. #15
    “When someone blushes, doesn’t that mean ‘yes’?”
  16. #16
    “In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s, we do not accept them easily enough.”
  17. #17
    “If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.”
  18. #18
    “When we make little sacrifices we like to have them appreciated, at least.”
  19. #19
    “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.”
  20. #20
    “You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone.”
  21. #21
    “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.”
  22. #22
    “When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.”
  23. #23
    “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.‘”
  24. #24
    “In my experience, Well-read people are less likely to be evil.”
  25. #25
    “Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I’ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him.”
  26. #26
    “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.”
  27. #27
    “What we know matters but who we are matters more.”
  28. #28
    “There are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them.”
  29. #29
    “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.”
  30. #30
    “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.”
  31. #31
    “The sincere wish to be good is half the battle.”
  32. #32
    “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.”
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