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Character Quotes

57 of the best book quotes about character
  1. #1
    “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.”
  2. #2
    “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.”
  3. #3
    “Good things come to those who find it and shove it in their mouth!”
  4. #4
    “I am who I am and I have the need to be.”
  5. #5
    “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.”
  6. #6
    Truly great men must, I think, experience great sorrow on the earth.
  7. #7
    “Oftentimes. when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too. But it never helps.”
  8. #8
    Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it.
  9. #9
    “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.”
  1. #10
    “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.”
  2. #11
    “It is good people who make good places.”
  3. #12
    “I suppose if a man has something once, always something of it remains.”
  4. #13
    “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.”
  5. #14
    “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. #15
    “I am what you designed me to be. I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt.”
  7. #16
    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. #17
    “Why don’t you just be yourself? … No one can help but admire your spirit.”
  9. #18
    “When there are miles to go before we sleep, altered traits are more important than altered states.”
  1. #19
    “Whoever’s calm and sensible is insane!”
  2. #20
    “We all have souls of different ages.”
  3. #21
    “When we make little sacrifices we like to have them appreciated, at least.”
  4. #22
    “In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s, we do not accept them easily enough.”
  5. #23
    “If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.”
  6. #24
    “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.”
  7. #25
    “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.”
  8. #26
    “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.”
  9. #27
    “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
  1. #28
    “When someone blushes, doesn’t that mean ‘yes’?”
  2. #29
    “No one is ever satisfied where he is.”
  3. #30
    “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.”
  4. #31
    “You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone.”
  5. #32
    “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.‘”
  6. #33
    “If a man’s word isn’t any good, he’s no good himself.”
  7. #34
    “You’ve got about as much charm as a dead slug.”
  8. #35
    “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.”
  9. #36
    “When you chase a dream, you learn about yourself. You learn your capabilities and limitations, and the value of hard work and persistence.”
  1. #37
    “It’s just that sometimes, our future is dictated by what we are, as opposed to what we want.”
  2. #38
    “Love, after all, always said more about those who felt it than it did about the ones they loved.”
  3. #39
    “In my experience, Well-read people are less likely to be evil.”
  4. #40
    “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?”
  5. #41
    “I’ve learned one thing: you only really get to know a person after a fight. Only then can you judge their true character!”
  6. #42
    “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.”
  7. #43
    “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.”
  8. #44
    “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. #45
    “When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.”
  1. #46
    “Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good not to do harm.”
  2. #47
    “What we know matters but who we are matters more.”
  3. #48
    “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. #49
    “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.”
  5. #50
    “There are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them.”
  6. #51
    “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.”
  7. #52
    “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.”
  8. #53
    “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.”
  9. #54
    “The sincere wish to be good is half the battle.”
  10. #55
    “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.”
  11. #56
    “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.”
  12. #57
    “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.”
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