Inspirational True Character Quotes & Sayings In Life

These true character quotes will inspire you. True character is used to emphasize that a person or thing is genuine or sincere, often in contrast to something being pretended or hidden.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging true character quotes, true character sayings, and true character proverbs.

Best True Character Quotes

  1. “Some say knowledge is power, but that is not true. Character is power.” ~ Sathya Sai Baba
  2. “Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.” ~ Thomas Paine
  3. “Watch your thoughts, they become words.” ~ Laozi
  4. “Your true character Is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do ‘Nothing’ for you” ~ Mother Teresa
  5. “Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

  6. “A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.” ~ Charlie Chaplin
  7. “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  9. “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” ~ Albert Einstein
  10. “True character arises from a deeper well than religion.” ~ E. O. Wilson

  11. “The true character of ministry is a servant’s heart.” ~ Harold J. Warner
  12. “The true measure of a man is how he behaves when death is close.” ~ Alma Katsu
  13. “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  14. “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” ~ Samuel Johnson
  15. “You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” ~ Paul McCartney

  16. “Adversity defines true character.” ~ Ray Lewis
  17. “What a person says and does in ordinary moments when no one is looking reveals more about true character than grand actions taken while in the spotlight. Our true character is revealed by normal, consistent, everyday attitudes and behavior, not by self-conscious words or deeds or rare acts of moral courage.” ~ Michael Josephson , True character quotes revealed
  18. “The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children.” ~ Nelson Mandela
  19. “True freedom is the capacity for acting according to one’s true character, to be altogether one’s self, to be self-determined and not subject to outside coercion.” ~ Corliss Lamont
  20. “The only way to truly know a person is to argue with them. For when they argue in full swing, then they reveal their true character.” ~ Anne Frank

  21. “In the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense; and have no other preliminaries to settle with the reader, than that he will divest himself of prejudice and repossession, and suffer his reason and feelings to determine for themselves; and that he will put on, or rather that he will not put off, the true character of man, and generously enlarge his view beyond the present day.” ~ Thomas Paine
  22. “No short-cut that tries to bypass the patient unfolding of the true character of God, and our relationship to him as his children, can ever succeed in providing long-term spiritual therapy.” ~ Sinclair B. Ferguson
  23. “No man could bring himself to reveal his true character, and, above all, his true limitations as a citizen and a Christian, his true meannesses, his true imbecilities, to his friends, or even to his wife. Honest autobiography is, therefore, a contradiction in terms: the moment a man considers himself, even in petto, he tries to gild and fresco himself. Thus a man’s wife, however realistic her view of him, always flatters him in the end, for the worst she sees in him is appreciably better, by the time she sees it, than what is actually there.” ~ H. L. Mencken
  24. “I always think photographs abominable, and I don’t like to have them around, particularly not those of persons I know and love. Those photographic portraits wither much sooner than we ourselves do, whereas the painted portrait is a thing which is felt, done with love.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
  25. “We all have defining moments. It is in these moments that we find our true characters. We become heroes or cowards; truth-tellers or liars; we go forward or we go backward.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki

  26. “Incredibly deep research combines with the talents of a fine historian and writer to produce superb narrative history. The true character and relationship of these two iconic westerners emerge to suppress myth and correct more than a century of tomes laden with bad history.” ~ Robert M. Utley
  27. “O sin, how you paint your face! how you flatter us poor mortals on to death! You never appear to the sinner in your true character; you make fair promises, but you never fulfill one; your tongue is smoother than oil, but the poison of asps is under your lip!” ~ Hosea Ballou
  28. “Jesus Christ said more about money than about any other single thing because, when it comes to a man’s real nature, money is of first importance. Money is an exact index to a man’s true character. All through Scripture there is an intimate correlation between the development of a man’s character and how he handles his money.” ~ Richard Halverson
  29. “Blinded as they are to their true character by self-love, every man is his own first and chiefest flatterer, prepared, therefore, to welcome the flatterer from the outside, who only comes confirming the verdict of the flatterer within.” ~ Plutarch
  30. “Nothing, indeed, but the possession of some power can with any certainty discover what at the bottom is the true character of any man.” ~ Edmund Burke

  31. “Anyhow, I’ve learned one thing now. You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters!” ~ Anne Frank
  32. “The stresses of high-altitude climbing reveal you’re true character; they unmask who you really are. You no longer have all the social graces to hide behind, to play roles. You are the essence of what you are.” ~ David Breashears
  33. “Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our government.” ~ James K. Polk
  34. “And the most important thing – apart from telling a good, believable story, and being a true character – is to be someone the audience will care about, even if you’re playing a murderer or rapist.” ~ Anna Friel
  35. “It’s not our mistakes that define us. It’s the lessons we learn that show our true character.” ~ Cassia Leo

  36. “In the first two years, this is a man [Clinton] who tried his best to balance the budget, to reform health care, to fight for gay rights, to support personal freedoms. Couldn’t those be considered doing the right things, evidence of true character?” ~ Bryant Gumbel
  37. “It’s only when it comes to crunch time that people’s true character comes out.” ~ Virginia Wade
  38. “True character is revealed by the way people react to the bigger challenges in life.” ~ Alyson Noel
  39. “Our true character comes out in the way we pray.” ~ Oswald Chambers
  40. “The only way of really finding out a man’s true character is to play golf with him. In no other walk of life does the cloven hoof so quickly display itself.” ~ P. G. Wodehouse

  41. “True character arises from a deeper well than religion. It is the internalization of moral principles of a society, augmented by those tenets personally chosen by the individual, strong enough to endure through trials of solitude and adversity. The principles are fitted together into what we call integrity, literally the integrated self, wherein personal decisions feel good and true. Character is in turn the enduring source of virtue. It stands by itself and excites admiration in others.” ~ E. O. Wilson , True character quotes adversity
  42. “Persons in great stations have seldom their true character drawn till several years after their death. Their personal friendships and enmities must cease, and the parties they were engaged in be at an end, before their faults or their virtues can have justice done them. When writers have the least opportunities of knowing the truth, they are in the best disposition to tell it.” ~ Joseph Addison
  43. “I don’t feel like you can fully find the true character until you’re in his wardrobe, on set, and really getting into the scene. And that’s when you really find out who your character is.” ~ Tye Sheridan
  44. “If there be a mind that, not perceiving in the narratives we have compared the fingermarks of tradition, and hence the legendary character of these evangelical anecdotes, still leans to the historical interpretation, whether natural or supernatural; that mind must be alike ignorant of the true character both of legend and of history, of the natural and the supernatural.” ~ David Friedrich Strauss
  45. “The guns on the walls that surround the prison accurately, though unwittingly, index the true character of the penitentiary in our day.” ~ Eugene V. Debs

  46. “Men had made, we believe, fundamental changes in the doctrines, purposes, and practices of the Pristine Gospel and Church. There had been an apostasy, or a falling away from the true character of Christ’s teachings in the centuries which followed the Apostolic age.” ~ Lowell L. Bennion
  47. “The true character of epistolary style is playfulness and urbanity.” ~ Joseph Joubert
  48. “No one can long hide behind a mask; the pretense soon lapses into the true character.” ~ Seneca the Younger
  49. “People who don’t know the true character of God – who don’t believe He is merciful, gracious, and slow to anger – can never have a close, personal, intimate relationship with Him.” ~ Joyce Meyer
  50. “The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force.” ~ Voltaire

  51. “True character stands the test of emergencies. Do not be mistaken, it is weakness from which the awakening is rude.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte , Test true character quotes
  52. “No material object, however beautiful or valuable, can make us feel loved because our deeper identity and true character lie in the subjective nature of the mind.” ~ Dalai Lama
  53. “That which the sober man keeps in his breast, the drunken man lets out at the lips. Astute people, when they want to ascertain a man’s true character, make him drunk.” ~ Martin Luther
  54. “The cross is like a walnut whose outer rind is bitter, but the inner kernel is pleasant and invigorating. So the cross does not offer any charm of outward appearance, but to the cross-bearer, its true character is revealed, and he finds in it the choicest sweets of spiritual peace.” ~ Sadhu Sundar Singh
  55. “A positive attitude and an open mind are true characteristics of all good fishermen” ~ Kevin VanDam

  56. “Growing up I watched examples of how not to treat people. I knew when I got into certain positions that I wasn’t going to talk to people the way that they did. My mindset is if you want to see the true character of a person watch how they treat those who can’t do anything for them.” ~ Charlamagne Tha God
  57. “It is normal to enjoy praise and dislike criticism. True character is when you prevent either from affecting you in a negative matter.” ~ John Wooden
  58. “Maybe you have to live undercover for a while before you can find your true character.” ~ Hugo Hamilton , Your true character quotes
  59. “To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.” ~ Thomas Merton
  60. “We must build a trickle-up media that reflects the true character of this country and its people. A democratic media serving a democratic society.” ~ Amy Goodman

  61. “People don’t change, they just have momentary steps outside of their true character” ~ Chad Kultgen
  62. “There was a saying that a man’s true character was revealed in defeat. I thought it was also revealed in victory.” ~ Alison Goodman
  63. “…it is how a person goes about quenching his desires or living with them unrequited that the readers get a glimpse of his true character.” ~ Michael Connelly

  64. “Perhaps myself the first, at some expense of popularity, to unfold the true character of Jefferson, it is too late for me to become his apologist. Nor can I have any disposition to do it. I admit that his politics are tinctured with fanaticism, that he is too much in earnest in his democracy, that he has been a mischievous enemy to the principle measures of our past administration, that he is crafty & persevering in his objects, that he is not scrupulous about the means of success, nor very mindful of truth, and that he is a contemptible hypocrite.” ~ Alexander Hamilton
  65. “It’s the misfortune of German authors that not a single one of them dares to expose his true character. Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is.” ~ Franz Grillparzer

True character is one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual.

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