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A man's reputation is what other people think of him; his character is what he really is.

Look, we're all the same; a man is a fourteen-room house --in the bedroom he's asleep with his intelligent wife, in the living-room he's rolling around with some bareass girl, in the library he's paying his taxes, in the yard he's raising tomatoes, and in the cellar he's making a bomb to blow it all up.
If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
Character is our destiny.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
Human improvement is from within outward.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
You can construct the character of a man and his age not only from what he does and says, but from what he fails to say and do.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Nothing endures but personal qualities.
It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man's deeper nature is soon found out.
They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence
Before you advise anyone Be yourself! reassess his character.
The test of any man's character is how he takes praise.
To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man's character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours.
Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live.
A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.
One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is... the highway to success.
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.
Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how -- the very best I can. And I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.
Everyone has three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
A man's character is his guardian divinity.