Abigail Van BurenThe best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.
Abraham LincolnNearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Anne FrankParents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
Henry Van DykeA river is the most human and companionable of all inanimate things. It has a life, a character, a voice of its own; and it is as full of good fellowship as a sugar maple is of sap. It can talk in various tones, loud or low, and of many subjects grave and gay.... For real company and friendship there is nothing, outside of the animal kingdom, that is comparable to a river.
Henry Van DykeWhat you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.
J. M. CoetzeeBecome major, Paul. Live like a hero. That's what the classics teach us. Be a main character. Otherwise what is life for?
Margaret AtwoodIf you feel that there's the author and then the character, then the book is not working. People have a habit of identifying the author with the narrator, and you can't, obviously, be all of the narrators in all of your books, or else you'd be a very strange person indeed.
Steven SpielbergI think the key divide between the interactive media and the narrative media is the difficulty in opening up an empathic pathway between the gamer and the character, as differentiated from the audience and the characters in a movie or a television show.
Helen KellerCharacter cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Cornelia FunkeWhich of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us?
Bette MidlerI mean, can I really create a full, three-dimensional character? I don't know anymore. I'm certainly going to try.
Amy SedarisYou know when you watch old movies, it's always the small parts you remember, the character actors who come in like a breath of fresh air.
Steven Spielberg'The Color Purple' is the kind of character piece that a director like Sidney Lumet could do brilliantly with one hand tied behind his back.
Abraham LincolnCharacter is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.
Ralph Waldo EmersonPeople do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Orhan PamukNovels are political because in them, we try to identify with people who are not like us. And, in that sense, I like the first-person singular because I have to imitate accurately the voice of someone who is not like me. The third-person singular gives me an authority over a character.
Anne FrankHuman greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.
Robert F. KennedyWhat is learned on the athletic field is not forgotten, nor are the lessons of character that are forged there ever lost. Consider the contributions in the field of public life, business, law, medicine, and the military of those who actively participated in athletics.
August WilsonIn 1977, I wrote a series of poems about a character, Black Bart, a former cattle rustler-turned-alchemist. A good friend, Claude Purdy, who is a stage director, suggested I turn the poems into a play.
Dietrich BonhoefferMusic... will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.
Arthur SchopenhauerCompassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
Ernest HemingwayWhen writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Hillary ClintonI don't think it's at all weakening of the system if people with the same last name put themselves forward to the electorate, when their experiences, their character, and in my case, gender, may be different.
Eleanor RooseveltPeople grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
Kurt VonnegutAnother flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
Hillary ClintonOne of the great things about my mother is she really valued people's character more than what they did.
Sir Michael CaineTo disappear your complete self into a character is quite difficult. I've tried it 85 times, and I've succeeded two or three times.
Sandra BullockActually, they [ Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump] are doing pretty well on their own. They don't need my character to step in.
Sir Michael CaineAbout Superman and Batman: the former is how America views itself, the latter, darker character is how the rest of the world views America.
Muhammad Ali JinnahThere is no parallel in the history of the world. This mighty subcontinent with all kinds of inhabitants has been brought under a plan which is titanic, unknown, unparalleled. And what is very important with regard to it is that we have achieved it peacefully and by means of an evolution of the greatest possible character.
Sandra BullockThe costume designer designing clothes that helped the comedy in The Proposal, that sold the character. Each and every detail was so perfectly thought of, what wouldn't be here? That's a lost art.
Britney SpearsIf I was to pick a cartoon character I am most like, I would say Daisy Duck because she is very stubborn, she has a very feminine sense, and she knows what she likes.
Salma HayekIt's more fun to play a good character with a good director and good actors around you. That's what makes it fun, and the more variety, the better.
Thomas HardyThe beauty or ugliness of a character lay not only in its achievements, but in its aims and impulses; its true history lay, not among things done, but among things willed.
Steven SpielbergMaking a movie where the central character is a horse was a challenge. Because I'm scared of riding. I was thrown as a kid. One of my daughters is a competitive jumper, we live with horses, we have stables on our property. But I don't ride. I observe, and I worry.
Sir Michael CaineI've made the transition from star to character actor and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
Jennifer LawrenceBut really, for the most part - doing a prequel is great because you do have room to kind of free this character and how they got to where they are instead of being a slave to exactly what the previous actor did.
Thomas MoreA pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him.
Robert E. HowardMy characters are more like men than these real men are, see. They're rough and rude, they got hands and they got bellies. They hate and they lust; break the skin of civilization and you find the ape, roaring and red-handed.
George W. BushLeadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.
Michael PalinI'd got over playing a character. People accepted who I was, and if I was incompetent and useless, they felt quite endeared to me.
Marian AndersonNone of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath.
Natalie DormerWhen you play a real person, you feel a sense of responsibility that obviously you don't feel when you're playing a fictional character.
Natalie PortmanI think you always need to be able to relate to your characters, but that doesn't necessarily mean...you have to understand why they do what they do, but you don't actually have to be like that yourself.
Henry Wadsworth LongfellowIn character, in manner, in style, in all the things, the supreme excellence is simplicity
Kirsten DunstIt's hard to get lost in a scene, to get into a character when everyone's standing around you on the set.
Kirsten DunstIt's such a private thing - 'my process' - I can just say that the work that I do is like therapy between me and the character.
George WashingtonI hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
Michael J. FoxSo I never spend a lot of time analyzing why people respond to my work. But I think that it's just the joy, a passion for life, that I think has always been in my characters. Beyond that, I'm just grateful for it.
Christopher WalkenTo me, there are things you're good at and things you're not so good at. For some reason, I'm good at darker characters. It has to do with how you look.
Natalie PortmanIt really wasn't my thing. It still isn't my thing, the whole science-fiction action thing. I prefer simpler, character-based movies.
Christian BaleMy hope is that people will be repulsed by the character's complete lack of ethics and obsession with consumerism - that's what I was saying about the difference between the character's message and the film's message.
Jennifer LawrenceI'm always terrified before every movie because I haven't found her [the character], and I don't get it. [Without acting, I'd have] become a nurse.
Christian BaleI don't think I'm like any of the characters I've played. They're all really far from who I am.
Michael J. FoxThe 'Rescue Me' gig was a unique opportunity to play a character - a misanthropic, angry guy - who was so contrary to how people think of me.
Jimmy PageI do really believe that all guitarists have a different character that comes through, that's a strong character, the stronger the person is.
Natalie PortmanI studied psychology in school, and the best psychology is in literature. It's so much easier to understand a character than a theory. You can recognize yourself—or other people—in a different way.
Mark RuffaloWhen you're trying to do character work that's different from what people expect from you, you're sort of in territory that is uncharted, and you don't know how it's playing all the time.
Jennifer LawrenceI want to play a character I've never been before-a crazy serial killer like Charlize Theron in Monster. I'd love to have to shave my head.
Salma HayekI think that a lot of women that know they're going to be part of history somehow decide to have a character to be remembered by.
Megan FoxWhen I sit down to talk to men's magazines, there's a certain character that I play. She's not fully fleshed out - she doesn't have her own name - but she shows up to do men's-magazine interviews.
Claire DanesI'm very vain about my performance. I want to give as honest a performance as I can. But I'm not so worried about being regarded as beautiful when I'm playing a character.
Natalie DormerEvery role affects an actor a little bit. There's always a little chunk of a character that stays left over in your heart.
Marcus AureliusPerfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence.
Bruce SpringsteenAnd whether you're drawn to gospel music or church music or honky-tonk music, it informs your character and it informs your talent.
He has such a clear vision of exactly what he wanted out of each character, out of each set, out of each wardrobe change, out of each emotional beat, and action.
Pierce BrosnanI believe you can only draw from your own life as an actor. All the characters I've played, I only have my infinite eye and the presence of my life to take from.
Vanessa HudgensMovies and acting are so much fun. I love playing different characters and doing different genres. It's all still very interesting to me.
Kirsten DunstI've always used my own personal emotions and things that I've gone through in my life to build a character. The work that I do before a film feels almost like therapy, between me and whoever I'm playing.
Johann Wolfgang von GoetheThere is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.
It's tough. It's very tricky to throw a morally flexible character onto the screen and have an audience empathize. It's always an exercise in restraint.
James AllenA man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.
Kirsten DunstI think for everyone it's good to have your own personal work on a character and a film before you even start rehearsing, to have an inner life.
Jennifer LawrenceI do have some kind of gravitational pull towards young characters with more responsibility than they should have.
Jason BatemanI look at whatever the finish line is for the character and then kind of act backwards from that and play him in such a way so that that finish line is more rewarding.