Character Quotes

In compiling the below character quotes, I have been careful to include only the best quotes about a persons character, reputation, and general personality that I could find.

While there are tens of thousands of character quotes to choose from, I choose to keep this collection to the very best of them, while adding to it whenever I come across a great new one that I can’t leave out. For more on character, read my post on external vs. internal character.

The Best Character Quotes

“The virtue of a person is measured not by his outstanding efforts, but by his everyday behavior.” — Blaise Pascal

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.” ― Abigail Van Buren

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.” — Albert Einstein

“It is better to be alone than in bad company.” ― George Washington

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” ― R.J. Palacio

“Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.” — Marva Collins

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” ― Helen Keller

“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.” — Oscar Wilde

“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

“Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.” ― Roy T. Bennett