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

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

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

There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

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

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

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

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

Portraying emotionally ill characters gives me the chance to really act.
Leonardo Dicaprio

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

Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day...
Orison Swett Marden

Words have all sorts of characteristics and abilities, the simplest of words can hide a complex scene unravelling underneath it.
Bobbie Gentry

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

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Lichtenberg

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

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

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 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

The higher mental development of woman, the less possible it is for her to meet a congenial male who will see in her, not only sex, but also the human being, the friend, the comrade and strong individuality, who cannot and ought not lose a single trait of her character.
Emma Goldman

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

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

Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.
Antiphanes

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

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

If you are inclined to leave your character solitary for any considerable length of time, better question yourself. Fiction is association, not
A B Guthrie Jr

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

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

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

To the indefinite, uncertain mind of the American radical the most contradictory ideas and methods are possible. The result is a sad chaos in the radical movement, a sort of intellectual hash, which has neither taste nor character.
Emma Goldman

'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

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

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

They told me they wanted to try to do it and I said 'Well I enjoyed playing the character'
Mark Wahlberg

Character is much easier kept than recovered.
Thomas Paine

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

The sports of the people afford an index to the character of the nation.
Frederick Hackwood

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

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

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

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

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

Certain trifling flaws sit as disgracefully on a character of elegance as a ragged button on a court dress
Johann Lavater

The propositions of philosophy are not factual, but linguistic in character - that is, they do not describe the behaviour of physical, or even mental, objects; they express definitions, or the formal consequences of definitions. [Ayer was a logical positivist]
A J Ayer

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

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
Henry David Thoreau

My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.
Horatio Nelson

Character is simply habit long continued.
Plutarch



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