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Although cyber attacks have caused billions of dollars in damage and affected the lives of millions, few if any can be characterised as acts of terrorism.
Dorothy Denning

A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page.
Hosea Ballou

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

Alex Salmond has to show he is capable of and has the character to be the leader of a new government, if he is to form one
Jack McConnell

Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.
Hosea Ballou

Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Tacitus

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

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

About ten years ago I appeared on Wogan as myself. The next day a man came up to me in the street and said, 'You're Harry Enfield, aren't you? I love your characters! Stavros cracks me up and as for Loadsamoney - he's the biz! But I saw you on Wogan last night - you're a right prat in real life, aren't you?'
Harry Enfield

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

A scientist is an unlikely character to put at the centre of a movie.
Bill Condon

He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid.
Arthur Miller

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

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says, 'But what's my motivation?, ' I say, 'Your salary.'
Alfred Hitchcock

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

A signature always reveals a man's character - and sometimes even his name.
Evan Esar

Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.
Antiphanes

Money is always on its way somewhere. What you do with it while it is in your keeping and the direction you send it in say much about you. Your treatment of and respect for money, how you make it, and how you spend it, reflect your character.
Gary Ryan Blair

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

We work with every one of them to see if their character wouldn't say a certain thing or if something is worded awkwardly - we work with them to rectify that.
Simon Pegg

In each human heart are a tiger, a pig, an ass and a nightingale. Diversity of character is due to their unequal activity.
Ambrose Bierce

"I don't know what the big issue is about it [a kiss with Neve Campbell in Wild Things]. It's a role, and I think a bigger issue is made out of it. It was a part I took and it's what the character did, so I did it."
Denise Richards

In the life of every man there are influences of a far more real and penetrating character than those which come through the medium of schools or teachers.
Frederic Farrar

If I showed you scripts from my first few movies, the descriptions of my characters all said 'the ugly girl'.
Winona Ryder

I kinda see him as an ordinary everyday schizophrenic psychopath. [on his character]
Brian Capron

I will always remember him for the many and various characters he portrayed. He has left behind a library of work which will entertain this nation for many years to come [on Ronnie Barker]
David Suchet

This has been a very hard decision for me to make, because I'm so happy here on EastEnders, but it's been a long time without a proper break, and I just feel some time off would be good for me, and probably the character too. [on taking a break from Eastenders]
Barbara Windsor

Both matter and radiation possess a remarkable duality of character, as they sometimes exhibit the properties of waves, at other times those of particles. Now it is obvious that a thing cannot be a form of wave motion and composed of particles at the same time - the two concepts are too different
Werner Heisenberg

Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Oscar Levant

As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?
Tocqueville

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

I would like nothing better than to straighten out some things that have been mischaracterised.
O J Simpson

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

I believe the NME have deliberately tried to characterise me as a racist in a recent interview in order to boost their circulation. I abhor racism and cruelty of any kind and will not let this pass.
Morrissey

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
Francis Bacon

If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humour.
Jennifer Jones

They remind me a bit of Laurel and Hardy - in that they are different characters who complement each other nicely
[on Flintoff and Strauss]
Shane Warne

If you're writing a catchphrase before you write a character, then that's not a good thing.
Catherine Tate

Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making, and directly perceive how events happen, and how work is actually done.
William James

One woman reads another's character
Without the tedious trouble of deciphering
Ben Jonson

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

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

A child's learning is a function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher.
James S Coleman

This is something that I cannot get over - that a whole line could be written by half a man, that a work could be built on the quicksand of a character.
Karl Kraus

The purpose of Zen is the perfection of character.
Yasutani Roshi

The chief character in this narrative is the Caribbean Sea, one of the world's most alluring bodies of water, a rare gem among the oceans, defined by the islands that form a chain of lovely jewels to the north and east
James Michener

Character is simply habit long continued.
Plutarch

Whatever it is that makes a person charming, it needs to remain a mystery once the charmer is aware of a mannerism or characteristic that others find charming, it ceases to be a mannerism and becomes an affectation. And good Lord, there is nothing less charming than affectations!
Rex Harrison

I don't think I'm like any of the characters I've played - they're all really far from who I am.
Christian Bale

I have a dream, that one day all three of my children will one day, grow up in a society where they are not judged by their race, but by their character.
Martin Luther King Jr



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