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Perhaps the most central characteristic of authentic leadership is the relinquishing of the impulse to dominate others.
David Cooper

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
Samuel Johnson

Character is much easier kept than recovered.
Thomas Paine

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln

I'm a bit star struck really. But everyone's lovely here and so down to earth. Katy's a great character to play. She twists her dad round her little finger.
Lucy-Jo Hudson

Especially when you audition for animated characters - you can have more fun.
Julie Benz

Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.
Max Beerbohm

I'd love to do a character with a wife, a nice little house, a couple of kids, a dog, maybe a bit of singing, and no guns and no killing, but nobody offers me those kind of parts.
Christopher Walken

Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
Tyron Edwards

A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes anothers.
Jean Paul Richter

Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
Tryon Edwards

Playing snooker gives you firm hands and helps to build up character. It is the ideal recreation for dedicated nuns.
Luigi Barbarito

Every reader knows about the feeling that characters in books seem more real than real people.
Cornelia Funke

Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. (Attributed)
Charles Reade

The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.
Lyndon Johnson

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
Galbraith

Being an actor is great because you are always learning - indeed you always learn something in every character you play
Jared Harris

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
Haywood Hale Broun

It is energy - the central element of which is will - that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is what is called force of character and the sustaining power of all great action.
Samuel Smiles

I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments.
Theodor Geisel

Plots and character don't make life. Life is here and now, anytime you say the word, anytime you let her rip.
Henry Miller

Character cannot be developed in peace and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller

By depriving the charged person of any defenses means that sexual dalliance, however voluntarily engaged in, becomes harassment whenever an employee sees fit, after the fact, so to characterise it.
Robert Bork

I was advised not to do Scream because no one likes horror movies. Then I heard, 'Don't audition because you can't do this bitchy role,' and 'You're way too friendly, no pun intended.' I was also told, 'Play the girlfriend or the doctor or the lawyer - the nice ones.' Now I'm getting scripts where I'm asked to play characters that are tough as nails, and I love it.
Courtney Cox

The higher mental development of woman, the less possible it is for her to meet a congenial male who will see in her, not only sex, but also the human being, the friend, the comrade and strong individuality, who cannot and ought not lose a single trait of her character.
Emma Goldman

Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down within incredible swiftness.
Faith Baldwin

It's been a tough season for all of us, but all we can do is keep fighting and showing character to the end of the season
John Terry

The maxims of men reveal their characters.
Luc De Vauvanargues

The characteristic virtue of Englishmen is power of sustained practical activity and their characteristic vice a reluctance to test the quality of that activity by reference to principles.
R H Tawney

A man can become so accustomed to the thought of his own faults that he will begin to cherish them as charming little 'personal characteristics.'
Helen Rowland

I couldn't deal with playing a character who rides motorcycles and has a leather jacket and is a tough kid, y'know?
Leonardo Dicaprio

She's bound to upset a few of the Newton Park officers [on her new character]
Leslie Ash

It's nice to play a character that has a soulful, dependent, close relationship. It must mean my character is interesting in some way. [not necessarily, Jeff!]
Jeff Goldblum

God is a character, a real and consistent being, or He is nothing. If God did a miracle He would deny His own nature and the universe would simply blow up, vanish, become nothing.
Joyce Cary

Essentially and most simply put, plot is what the characters do to deal with the situation they are in. It is a logical sequence of events that grow from an initial incident that alters the status quo of the characters. [on the science, or art, of writing a book]
Elizabeth George

What I have in common with the character in ‘Truman’ is this incredible need to please people. I feel like I want to take care of everyone and I also feel this terrible guilt if I am unable to. And I have felt this way ever since all this success started.
Jim Carrey

The analysis of character is the highest human entertainment.
Isaac Singer

A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
Spiro Agnew

Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

When you start writing the magic comes when the characters seem to take on a life of their own and write the words for themselves.
Alice Hoffman

If you're soft and fuzzy, like our little characters, you become the skinny kid on the beach, and people in this business don't mind kicking sand in your face.
Michael Eisner

I think Graham Thorpe's a massive part of England's summer, especially coming up against Australia. He's the sort of character they are going to desperately need.
Rob Key

Your morals and general character are strictly inquired into; it is therefore expected that you will improve every leisure moment in the acquirement of knowledge of your profession and you will recollect that a good moral character is essential to your high standing in the Navy.
Franklin Buchanan

Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
Jacqueline Bisset

It's still fun to inhabit different characters and play different things, so it's all in that panoply of acting.
Don Cheadle

He turns into a madman. His plan hasn't worked, and like a lot of people in that situation he blames everyone but himself. Deep down he knows that he's as much to blame as anyone for what has happened but Sally is the closest person to him and it is in his nature to blame her. He's a very selfish man. [About his character Greg Kelly in Coronation Street]
Stephen Billington

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.
Zig Ziglar

You get to know more of the character of a man in a round of golf than in six months of political experience.
David Lloyd George

Hard work spotlights the character of people - some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.
Sam Ewing

I was delighted to get the role and particularly to play a character like this is in many ways something of a dream come true! [celeb TV mag interview]
Bill Maynard



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