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

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

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

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

In all the affairs of life, social as well as political, courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart.
Henry Clay

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

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I loved making Rising Sun. I got into the psychology of why [the character] liked to get strangled and tied up in plastic bags. It has to do with low self-esteem.
Tatjana Patitz

Vulgarized knowledge characteristically gives birth to a feeling that everything is understandable and explained. It is like a system of bridges built over chasms. One can travel boldly ahead over these bridges, ignoring the chasms. It is forbidden to look down into them; but that, alas, does not alter the fact that they exist.
Czeslaw Milosz

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

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

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

If I was a bad character that got away with murder like we see on other shows, I do not think I would like it because that sends a message that you can do these horrible things and never pay for it
Hunter Tylo

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

The only hope of socialism resides in those who have already brought about in themselves, as far as is possible in the society of today, that union between manual and intellectual labor which characterizes the society we are aiming at.
Simone Weil

It is very grand and sumptuous and awesome to look at but it was really about the characters for me.
Emmy Rossum

Before there was any talk of a movie, people would sometimes ask me what actors I would imagine playing these characters. And the only thing I could ever say is: I have such a clear idea of these characters that they'd have to play themselves.
Michael Cunningham

I started doing some acoustic things. When my character was out at sea on a tanker, running his fleet, he'd just noodle around on his guitar. So I did an Eric Clapton song, and then I wrote a song to be used as a theme for a story line. That's how it started.
Jack Wagner

"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

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

People assume that for me to play a sexually open character like Samantha, I must have had fabulous sex for most of my life.
Kim Cattrall

I would like any type of character that I could be creative with and totally delve into.
Noah Hathaway

Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.
Ayn Rand

We're going to make another series with lots of new characters and old characters together.
David Walliams

Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

Ever the characteristic manners of cowardice.
Edward Everett

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

A new actress is pretty commonly seen in the press, but you don't often see such mystery behind who the character really is.
Rachel Roberts

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

The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor.
Galbraith

Noble bold is an accident of fortune; noble actions characterize the great
Carlo Goldoni

Six characters in search of an author.
Luigi Pirandello

Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it. - as her character Carrie in Sex And The City.
Sarah Jessica Parker

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

Affliction is the school in which great virtues are acquired, in which great characters are formed.
Hannah More

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

Dissatisfaction with the world in which we live and determination to realize one that shall be better, are the prevailing characteristics of the modern spirit. (The Greek View of Life)
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

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

I feel I only have three quarters of the character [on turning up for a role]
Margi Clarke

The moment comes when a character does or says something you hadn't thought about. At that moment he's alive and you leave it to him.
Graham Greene

It is simply not consistent with either my character or my confidence in my God-given athletic ability to cheat in any way.
Justin Gatlin

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

'I never act my characters - I am them.'
Drew Barrymore

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

Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

It's very difficult to keep momentum going through a film which has many characters, and the piece took on a life of its own to try and shape it.
John Crowley

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



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