Character is essentially WHO we are. Which is why characterization is so important to writers. We’re celebrating the creation of great characters over on our sister blog, Nerdy Chicks Write. In the meantime, I hope you’ll find these quotes about character relative, no matter what your profession. After all, we all have character!
Quotes about Character:
“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”
“Character is a word that seems to define almost all human activity and then some…”
“Power is what you do and character is what you are…”
” All leaders must face some crisis where their own strength of character is the enemy.”
“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.”
“A man’s character is his fate.”
“Character is an essential tendency. It can be covered up, it can be messed with, it can be screwed around with, but it can’t be ultimately changed. It’s the structure of our bones, the blood that runs through our veins.”
The saying goes, Behind every great man there’s a great woman.
It’s not clear who came up with that, though we certainly hear it all the time and in many variations. (My personal favorite variation is A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.) On Presidents’ Day, we wanted to honor the women who have supported the man in the Oval Office – while these First Ladies were not elected to their positions, without them, their husbands’ presidencies would have been very different. Let’s hear it for the women behind the Presidents.
“It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people’s business.”
“It’s always been my feeling that God lends you your children until they’re about eighteen years old. If you haven’t made your points with them by then, it’s too late.”
“If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women.”
“The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.”
-Lady Bird Johnson
“You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a possibility, you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out, you don’t try – you don’t take the risk.”
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”
“Choose people who will lift you up. Find people who will make you better.”
Eleanor Roosevelt was born in 1884 and is best known for her role as an outspoken first lady while her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. She is also admired for her humanitarian work. After President Roosevelt died, she was appointed to the United Nations General Assembly and later chaired the United Nations Human Rights Commission. She spoke up about human rights, women’s issues, poverty, and racial discrimination. She said a lot of witty and wise things. I’m sharing five of these with you today!
Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes:
- A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.
- Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.
- Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.
- Friendship with one’s self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
- Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
I think some of Eleanor’s words are timeless. In fact, I’ve seen a few of these quotes floating around Facebook recently. To see other Nerdy Chick Quotes click HERE. I will be adding to this list weekly… but only one quote per chick!