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The maxims of men reveal their characters.
Luc De Vauvanargues

Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.
Robert Burns

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

You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
Fran Lebowitz

Even among the married, sexual satisfaction must not be sought in a way which disregards man's character as a person and degrades him to the animal level.
Francis Arinze

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. [The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891]
Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

I want people to say, 'Nicholas Brendon, he's supposedly the nicest guy in the world.' I want to do good work, but more than that, I want to stay a good human being. Thats more important than any character I play.
Nicholas Brendon

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

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

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

Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.
Christian Nestell Bovee

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

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

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

I like bars with a mixed cast of characters, including writers and blue-collar types, and places that have a good vibe of semianonymity. There's a beach bar in Santa Monica called Chez Jay that I'm crazy about. Warren Beatty used to go there back in the seventies, and it's got a nice mix of people and a great jukebox
Luke Wilson

Ever the characteristic manners of cowardice.
Edward Everett

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

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

Six characters in search of an author.
Luigi Pirandello

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Heraclitus

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

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

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

Actually, I get a little say in what my character would or wouldn't do.
Steve Burton

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

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

Big Trev will be missed when he goes back to Peterborough. He's a funny character to have around and a big strong lad - reminds me of an elephant seal
Richard Money



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