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Character Traits, Sayings, and Quotes

Updated on November 28, 2015
Desirable character traits
Desirable character traits | Source

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.

What do you stand for?
What do you stand for? | Source

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

Positive thinking is a positive trait
Positive thinking is a positive trait | Source

Building Character

  • 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.

Have the courage to succeed.
Have the courage to succeed. | Source

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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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thank you James. I see too many children and their parents who are woefully lacking in good character traits. I try to teach the class about these traits and why they are a good idea for them to help their future.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Beautifully said! Character is something that was once highly valued that has fallen by the boards lately. Thank you for shining a deserving spotlight on it. I was going to name a couple of the "character quotes" above as my favorites but too many of them are superb. Great Hub!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks, CollB. I appreciate the comment.

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      CollB 6 years ago

      I like the encouraging words in your hub about character building - very true!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Martie, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing it with your friends.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, if they didn't they should have. Actually , we are trying to teach the students now. I hope it takes hold.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks carrie, it's alway nice to hear from you.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      We should use this hub as a daily check-list. Dankie, I'm sharing this one with all my friends.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I think they used to teach this in school.

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      A wonderful hub KoffeeKlatch Gals. Love these quotes.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      stampinwithfab, thanks for the comment. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Fabrizio Martellucci 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Thoroughly enjoyed your hub, thank you for writing it ! :)