The usual. Went looking for one thing & found something else altogether. Here are some great quotations about character:

“Thoughts become words. Words become actions. Actions become character. Character is everything.” – Source unknown (seen on a hospital wall)

“Character is the internalization of responsibility. What we are talking about when we talk about a local food system or CSA [Community Supported Agriculture] is a food system that relies more on character than it does on legal, bureaucratic, or commercial procedures.” ~ Wendell Berry, quoted in “Safe Food News”

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” – James D. Miles

“And what I’ve learned is not to believe in magical leaders anymore, that character and compassion are more important than ideology, and that even if it’s absurd to think you can change things, it’s even more absurd to think that it’s foolish and unimportant to try.” – Peter C. Newman

“Character is defined by what you are willing to do when the spotlight has been turned off, the applause has died down, and no one is around to give you credit.” (Source unknown)

“What magnifies a voice is its human character, its compassion, honesty, and intelligence, and against the weight of things as they are the best resource is the imaginative labor of trying to tell the truth.” – Lewis Lapham, Harper’s Magazine

“If you take care of your character, your reputation will take care of itself.” – sign at church

“It’s kinda hard to teach character when you don’t live character.” – George Bush, May 13, 2004. (& he oughta know!!)

“It is possible that the scientific character of mind is by its nature childish, capable through life of a child’s wonder and excitements, but lacking real discernment, lacking sadness, too easily delighted by its own intellect. There are exceptions, of course, the physicist Steven Weinberg, for example, whom I’ve read and who has the moral gravity you would want from a scientist.”E.L. Doctorow in his novel City of God Random House, New York 2000, pg. 12.

7 root causes or “blunders” which lead to violence, passed along by Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi (& sent to Ann Landers):

  • wealth without work
  • pleasure without conscience
  • education without character
  • commerce without morality
  • science without humanity
  • worship without sacrifice
  • politics without principle


** tons of other great quotations gathered up here!