Quotes About Character

Having a variety of quotes about character around your house can be a great way to keep you motivated on your path towards self-actualization.

Deciding to change your character can be incredibly difficult as it takes a lot of courage to accept that you need to change some things about yourself. Quotes help to remind you that you are not alone and that plenty of other people are thinking about their character and how to improve themselves.

Motivational Quotes

It can be hard work keeping up the effort of being more unselfish or being more patient, especially if it is not something that you are used to doing. Quotes about character are intended to motivate and inspire you. Try sticking some of these quotes by the front door to get you going as you head out into the world:


In the end you should always do the right thing even if it's hard – Nicholas Sparks

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it – Maya Angelou

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

Character and Reputation

The most important part about self-improvement is making changes to your character. Another key aspect is your reputation, which is how other people view you and your attitudes and behavior.

Sometimes you will find yourself putting in a lot of effort to make a difference to your character and then discover that your reputation is not changing very much. In times like these, it is important to have some quotes about character to remind you that you are making important changes and eventually your reputation will catch up:

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. – Abraham Lincoln

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

Your reputation is in the hands of others. That's what a reputation is. You can't control that. The only thing you can control is your character. – Dr Wayne W. Dyer

Changing a reputation that you earned is one thing but remember defamation of character, which is intentionally communicating false information about your character, is a crime and can be pursued legally.

A Bit of Humor

Self-improvement is a serious business and it can feel like a lot of hard work and effort to change and to make your own character. You could use funny quotes about character to help lighten the mood a little.

Being able to take a step back from your day-to-day struggles and decisions through laughter will give you a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of purpose. Have some of these humorous quotes about character nearby when you need a break:

What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. – A.A. Milne

You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans. – Ronald Reagan

I go on the presumption that everyone's full of s**t until proven otherwise, and this usually serves me in good stead – Dennis Lehane

Whatever kind of quotes about character you choose, you need to put them in places where they will be of use to you. You should place motivational ones in areas that you see every day, such as the bathroom mirror or on the refrigerator door to keep you developing good character traits.

Funny ones should also be out on display as your family and guests will be able to laugh with you. The ones about reputation may be better off in a personal space, such as where you choose to reflect on your path to self-actualization or in your diary.

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