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'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

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

There are no moral blanks; there are no neutral characters.
Thomas Chalmers

Some men are born to own, and can animate all their possessions. Others cannot: their owning is not graceful; it seems to be a compromise of their character: they seem to steal their own dividends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Alfred Nobel's discoveries are characteristic; powerful explosives can help men perform admirable tasks. They are also a means to terrible destruction in the hands of the great criminals who lead peoples to war.
Pierre Curie

Character is simply habit long continued.
Plutarch

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

The American character looks always as if it had just had a rather bad haircut, which gives it, in our eyes at any rate, a greater humanity than the European, which even among its beggars has an all too professional air.
Mary McCarthy

A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
Anthony Robbins

Overall his period in office can only be characterised as a decade of missed opportunities in which the hopes of the British people for a new kind of politics were shattered [on Tony Blair]
Sir Menzies Campbell

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

Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
Jim Rohn

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

I can't stand it when Lewis Hamilton or anyone else, is made out to be a godlike character. If Lewis was driving for Red Bull I'm sure he would race extremely well, but he'd be battling for points.
David Coulthard

Character is much easier kept than recovered.
Thomas Paine

Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
George Santayana

We're going to kill some characters off in the new series [of Little Britain]
Matt Lucas

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

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

Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.
David Hume

City toff, country yokel - all his characters were brilliantly observed and so believable [on Ronnie Baxter]
Des O'Connor

An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual.
Robert Baden-Powell

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

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

A man's character is his guardian divinity.
Heraclitus

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

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

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

Our psychological characteristics today are those that promoted reproductive success in the ancestral environment.
Keith Henson

I put myself into character for my songs.
Michelle Branch

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

Fame is also a test of character at times... Sometimes I pass the test; sometimes I'm a pain in the ass. Sometimes I'm like, 'Oh, God! I just want to buy some tampons!'
Meg Ryan

If taxes are laid upon us without our having a legal representation where they are laid, we are reduced from the character of free subjects to the state of tributary slaves.
Sam Adams

Every man has three characters: that which he shows, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
Alphonse Karr

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

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

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character
James Russell Lowell

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

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

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

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

I often feel, and ever more deeply I realize, that fate and character are the same conception.
Novalis

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

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

I'm a relatively ugly character who's done pretty damn well in film.
Kevin Spacey

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

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



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