Character Traits, Sayings, and Quotes
Positive Character Traits
- Honesty - Telling the truth and admitting when you have done something wrong.
- Trustworthy - Being able to be trusted and acting with integrity.
- Broad-minded - seek out diversity.
- Courage - Doing the right thing even though it's difficult, following your conscience instead of the crowd.
- Forward-looking - setting goals and having a vision of the future.
- Respect - Showing high regard for authority, other people and your self. Treating others as you wish to be treated.
- Competent - making decisions based on reason and moral principles.
- Fairness - Cooperating with one another. Practicing justice, equity, and equality.
- Caring - Showing compassion, generosity, and a forgiving nature. Treating others with kindness.
- Intelligent - read, study, seek challenging experiences.
- Responsibility - Having a sense of duty to fulfill tasks. Showing reliability, dependability, and commitment.
- Integrity - Holding firm to a moral value. Being honest, trustworthy, and incorruptible.
- Self-discipline -- Giving your best in all situations. Demonstrating hard work controlling your emotions, words, actions, impulses, and desires.
- Imaginative - Show creativity, be innovative.
- Perseverance - Working towards a worthy objective with patience and determination, when confronted with failure show fortitude.
- Citizenship - Be law abiding and involved in school, community, and country issues.
- Patriotism - Show love and loyalty to your country.
Character Sayings and Quotes
- Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone. - John Quincy Adams
- You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. - James A. Froude
- Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. - David Star Jordan
- Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what you fall for. - Robert Quillen
- There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience - French Proverb
- Try not to be a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. - Albert Einstein
- What a man's mind can create, man's character can control. - Thomas Edison
- There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Don't try to be different. Try to be good. To be good is different enough. - Arthur Freed
- The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back. - Abrigail Van Buren
- The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice. - Mahatma Gandhi
- Every man has three characters: that which he shows, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has. - Alphonse Karr
- The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. - Thomas Babington Maculay
- You do not wake up one morning a bad person. It happens by a thousand tiny surrenders of self-respect to self-interest. - Robert Brault
- The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology. - Red Auerbach
- People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. - Eleanor Roosevelt
- Understand the meaning of character. It is the ethical and moral strength of an individual along with the attributes and abilities that correspond to life choices.
- Select a set of principles and rules that you will abide by for the rest of your life.
- Determine if a principle will be effective for your personal growth and character.
- Try to build a character based on your won personal beliefs and opinions.
- Find a role model.
- Understand it takes time. Rome wasn't built in a day.
Benefits to Building a Good Character
- Helps you reach full potential in knowledge
- Increases productivity
- Enhances self-acceptance
- Helps you reach your full skill potential
- Enhances self-confidence
- Increases accomplishments
- Improves relationships
- Benefits and encourages others
- Contributes to success
- Provides a renewed excitement to life
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