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Playing the character of Irena is fantastic and I love playing this role.
Ida Nowakowska

Character is simply habit long continued.
Plutarch

Ever the characteristic manners of cowardice.
Edward Everett

Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Anthony Robbins

You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.
Ronald Reagan

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

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

Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and courage which it contained.
John Stuart Mill

I usually start with a repulsive character and go on from there.
Chester Gould

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 Ewig

Love, hope, fear, faith: these make humanity; These are its' sign and note and character.
Robert Browning Hamilton

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

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

There are many qualities that make a great leader. But having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader.
Rudy Giuliani

The chancellor has a Macavity quality. He is not there when there is dirty work to be done. [attacking Gordon Brown's character and personality]
Lord Turnbull

'It's not always a bed of roses, but the blend of characters makes the
strength of the team.' - A team-building tip
Steve Redgrave

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

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

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

We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.
Jean Paul Richter

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

Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.
Antiphanes

One character got a reprieve, but I have to say two die that I didn't intend to die
J K Rowling

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

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
Thomas Paine

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

To me it's entirely logical, particularly when you are doing a film noir, you may as well go right through with that theme, and the central character could in fact be what he is chasing... (on Deckard, in Blade Runner)
Ridley Scott

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

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 hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington

The best of men cannot suspend their fate: The good die early, and the bad die late. (Character of the late Dr S. Annesley)
Daniel Defoe

I don't drink or smoke and I don't like smoky places. I once drank half a pint and I was drunk. When I'm drunk I tell stupid jokes about sex and it's really not me this other character comes out and I don't like him. I tried it for a while to get in with the lads but couldn't hack it.
Benjamin Zephaniah

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

Cassidy is the sexiest character Iíve played yet. This one girl has something for every guy.
Jennifer Sky

The key to writing real characters is not to treat everybody like a real person and give everybody a good side and a bad.
Jon Favreau

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

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

Character is power.
Booker T Washington

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

An actor is an actor is an actor. The less personality an actor has off stage the better. A blank canvas on which to draw the characters he plays.
Arthur Lowe

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

'some of the lines that I say on the show well I will say it or I think I know how to say it, then someone like James or someone else will come up to me and say you dont know what that means do you? For example the term walking your dog... not got a clue even my Dad knows I don't get it which is embarrassing' - Katie talking about how there are times when she doesn't know what her character's talking about!
Katie Holmes

The best thing about acting is that I get to lose myself in another character and actually get paid for it... It's a great outlet. I'm not really sure who I am-it seems I change every day.
Leonardo Dicaprio

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

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

He's a good person and tennis wise he's not bad, but our characters don't fit together. He's a bit too soft for me. I'll be looking for someone else after this tournament. [on dumping her coach]
Nadia Petrova

Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.
Kahlil Gibran

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 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

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



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