Character Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Character quotes and Character sayings, and Character proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals. "

David Hume

"When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. "


"I liked Vittorio De Sica a lot, and I got to work with him once in a segment movie. He was a great director. He was a very charismatic character and a guy I watched a lot when he was directing."

Clint Eastwood

"It’s much more fun to play something you’re nothing like than what you are… It’s much easier to hide yourself in a character."

Clint Eastwood

"It’s always appealing to play a character that has to overcome himself as well as an obstacle. It makes the drama so much deeper."

Clint Eastwood

"I always thought of myself as a character actor. I never thought of myself as a leading man. "

Clint Eastwood

"High moral character is not a precondition for great moral accomplishments."

Christopher Hitchens

"I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked onto the stage he was fully born. "

Charlie Chaplin

"A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk. "

Charlie Chaplin

"A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. "

Charles Spurgeon

"Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers. "

Cesar Chavez

"Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character. "

Calvin Coolidge

"And whether you’re drawn to gospel music or church music or honky-tonk music, it informs your character and it informs your talent."

Bruce Springsteen

"You hear stories of intense actors who can’t shed their character and who don’t know who they are for a week or two after. I’m not that guy, man."

Brad Pitt

"I find all of my performances come down to mathematics in a sense – how do you approach the problem of this character? Sometimes I crack that problem, sometimes I don’t."

Brad Pitt

"Character, not circumstances, makes the man."

Booker T. Washington

"Playing Etta James in the movie ‘Cadillac Records’ really changed me. It was a darker character, and I realized that if anything is too comfortable, I want to run from it. It’s no fun being safe."

Beyonce Knowles

"For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly."

Benjamin Franklin

"There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice."

Benjamin Disraeli

"There is no index of character so sure as the voice."

Benjamin Disraeli

"It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character."

Arthur Schopenhauer

"Rascals are always sociable, more’s the pity! and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others’ company."

Arthur Schopenhauer

"I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children."

Arthur Conan Doyle

"The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character."

Arnold Schwarzenegger

"What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions."


"Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion."


"Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness."

Anne Frank

"The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands."

Anne Frank

"Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him."

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

"Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted"

Alfred Adler

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