Character quotes

  • Celebrity is a national drama whose characters' parts and plots are written by the tabloids, gossip columnists, websites and interactive buttons. The famous don't actually have to turn up to their own lives at all.
    -- A. A. Gill

    #Drama #Character #America

  • Is it a particularly British trait to so utterly adore truly appalling men, from Tony Hancock through to Steptoe and Alf Garnett, Captain Mainwaring, Rigsby, Del Boy, Victor Meldrew and on to David Brent from The Office. The most deeply adored characters are all simply vile.
    -- A. A. Gill

    #Character #Boys #Men

  • You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.
    -- A. A. Milne

    #Character #Watches

  • God is not looking for extraordinary characters as His instruments, but He is looking for humble instruments through whom He can be honored throughout the ages.
    -- A. B. Simpson

    #Character #Humble #Age

  • The difference between human heroes and sacred characters lies just in this: the man is just a man, but behind the man of God, God Himself is ever standing greater than the man and overshadowing him by His infinite and glorious presence.
    -- A. B. Simpson

    #Lying #Hero #Character

  • This is our high calling, to represent Christ, and act in His behalf, and in His character and spirit, under all circumstances and toward all men.
    -- A. B. Simpson

    #Character #Men #Calling

  • The Srimad-Bhagavatam states that any bona fide preacher of God consciousness must have the qualities of titiksa (tolerance) and karuna (compassion). In the character of Lord Jesus Christ we find both these qualities.
    -- A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

    #Jesus #Character #Compassion

  • The fighter (like the writer) must stand alone. If he loses he cannot call an executive conference and throw off on a vice president or the assistant sales manager. He is consequently resented by fractional characters who cannot live outside an organization.
    -- A. J. Liebling

    #Character #Organization #President

  • You cannot have a good character today and at the same time have a small mind and a little heart. You cannot have a good character today and be merely a petty reformer.
    -- A. Powell Davies

    #Heart #Character #Mind

  • A good character today is shaped by greatness, greatness in vision, greatness in courage, greatness in insight, greatness in purpose and devotion.
    -- A. Powell Davies

    #Character #Greatness #Vision

  • In other words, 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. Accordingly we may say that philosophy is a department of logic. For we will see that the characteristic mark of a purely logical enquiry, is that it is concerned with the formal consequences of our definitions and not with questions of empirical fact.
    -- A.J. Ayer

    #Philosophy #Character #Enquiry

  • I'm involved in some action scenes, so they'll train me for that. I'll be working with my acting coach to prepare for my character.
    -- Aaliyah

    #Character #Acting #Action

  • Mammootty sir is an idol for me.. His uniqueness in developing characters is quite amazing
    -- Aamir Khan

    #Character #Idols #Uniqueness

  • But I guess I like playing flawed guys 'cause it gives a place for the characters to go.
    -- Aaron Eckhart

    #Character #Giving #Guy

  • I have done scenes as Harvey Two-Face. It's interesting. I won't tell you exactly what we're going for, but I think that I can say that it will use all of today's technology to create this character. He's going to be interesting, and I think that's what makes this character important in the movie-you get to see him as he was before, as in the comic books. Harvey is a very good guy in the comic books. He's judicious. He cares. He's passionate about what he loves and then he turns into this character. So you will see that in this film.
    -- Aaron Eckhart

    #Book #Character #Technology

  • Be more interested in people's character, than their contributions.
    -- Aaron Gillespie

    #Character #People #Contribution

  • I never really thought of myself as being an action hero or a leading man, or any of that. I'm a character actor.
    -- Aaron Paul

    #Hero #Character #Men

  • I'm a character actor.
    -- Aaron Paul

    #Character #Actors

  • What is the subject matter of this apparently very personal world? It has been suggested that these shapes and images are underworld characters, the inhabitants of the vast common realm of memories that have gone down below the level of conscious control. It may be they are. The degree of emotional involvement and the amount of free association with the material being photographed would point in that direction.
    -- Aaron Siskind

    #Photography #Memories #Character

  • Don't ever forget that you're a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day. Civility, respect, kindness, character.
    -- Aaron Sorkin

    #Kindness #Character #Citizens

  • Rule of storytelling: When a character is shoved against a wall, shove them against a wall harder.
    -- Aaron Sorkin

    #Wall #Character #Storytelling

  • You always take a little bit back with you at the end of the day. I always put a little bit of myself into the characters, too. You find parallels, points of connection, things like that. But I'm not an actor who gets so incredibly haunted by my characters that I can't come back.
    -- Aaron Stanford

    #Character #The End Of The Day #Connections

  • I've been recognized very seldom. I think I just look different in person than I do as the character.
    -- Aaron Stanford

    #Character #Thinking #Different

  • I try to pick characters that I find interesting and complex and that I feel I can bring something of myself to.
    -- Aaron Stanford

    #Character #Interesting #Trying

  • People lament that there's no roles being written for South Asian or Muslim characters. But their parents don't want their children to go into the entertainment field. You don't get it both ways.
    -- Aasif Mandvi

    #Children #Character #People

  • When I step into a character's shoes, I don't judge them. I make a conscious effort not to look from the outside in but look from the inside out, and when you do that it allows you to feel and sense things more, and act and react from a core, you know?
    -- Abbie Cornish

    #Character #Shoes #Judging

  • We are a people in more need of a little character than we are in need of an abundance of knowledge.
    -- Abdullah ibn Mubarak

    #Character #People #Needs

  • I'm about my characters.
    -- Abel Ferrara


  • These are times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.
    -- Abigail Adams

    #Character #Wish #Endurance

  • These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.
    -- Abigail Adams

    #Hero #Heart #Character

  • I never want to play the same character twice. I like to do different roles. I have fun with that.
    -- Abigail Breslin

    #Fun #Character #Play

  • Taking our stand on the immovable rock of Christ's character we risk nothing in saying that the wine of miracle answered to the wine of nature, and was not intoxicating. No counter proof can equal the force of that drawn from His attributes. It is an indecency and a calumny to impute to Christ conduct which requires apology.
    -- Abraham Coles

    #Character #Wine #Apology

  • Lutheranism restricted itself to an exclusively ecclesiastical and theological character, while Calvinism put its impress in and outside the church upon every aspect of human life.
    -- Abraham Kuyper

    #Character #Church #Calvinism

  • You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Character #People #Independence

  • We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Attitude #Character #Giving

  • You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Inspirational #Strong #Character

  • I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Motivational #Integrity #Character

  • Quitting smoking can be a very good test of ones character. Pass the test and you will have accomplished so much more than just get rid of one bad habit
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Encouragement #Character #Smoking

  • A Man who is Shy and Modest, is An Amazing Character, but a Women who is Shy and Modest is Beyond Amazing.
    -- Abu Bakr

    #Islamic #Character #Men

  • Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: By his good character a believer will attain the degree of one who prays during the night and fasts during the day.
    -- Abu Dawood

    #Character #Night #Degrees

  • The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, 'The signs of a hypocrite are three: 1. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie. 2. Whenever he promises, he always breaks it (his promise). 3. If you trust him, he proves to be dishonest (if you keep something as a trust with him, he will not return it).'
    -- Abu Hurairah

    #Lying #Character #Hypocrite

  • I eat, sleep, and drink my character. It is my fantasy to go to another planet.
    -- Ace Frehley

    #Character #Sleep #Fantasy

  • I am super-proud to have a sort of famous character in my background that if you're a certain age, he was probably a part of your youth. I think that's pretty cool.
    -- Adam Brody

    #Character #Thinking #Age

  • The process of rehearsal means you learn so much and really get the chance to develop your work on a character.
    -- Adam Garcia

    #Mean #Character #Rehearsal

  • It was an amazing win and testament to the character of the team. From the position we were in it must be one of the greatest comebacks.
    -- Adam Gilchrist

    #Team #Character #Winning

  • I am not somebody who just likes to run. I am a runner. This is the difference between a pastime and a passion. I like to play golf, but I am not a golfer. I like to cook, but I am not a chef. I don't just like to run. I am a runner. It is a passion. It is part of who I am and is woven into the fabric of my personality, character, and psyche.
    -- Adam Goucher

    #Running #Passion #Character

  • Writing is hard work, and if anything's true about the process, it's that fact that a good story is hard to find and even trickier to get on paper. What's less romantic than staring alone at a blank screen? And edgy? I've changed the cat little because I didn't know what my characters were going to say next.
    -- Adam Johnson

    #Character #Cat #Hard Work

  • I think the least stereotypical gay character on television is probably Matt LeBlanc on 'Episodes.' He just plays it so straight-faced. They never talk about the fact that he's such a huge gay person.
    -- Adam Pally

    #Character #Gay #Thinking

  • My work is always more emotional than I am. My characters say things to each other that I get accused of not being able to say to my girlfriend.
    -- Adam Rapp

    #Girlfriend #Character #Emotional

  • I don't know where the characters are going to go or what's going to happen. I know that something inevitable will happen. I know that they want certain things and they're in a certain room and they smell like this and they look like that. More often than not, an entropy creeps in that strangles me, and then the inevitable happens. I don't know if I have the ability to write an ending like My Fair Lady's, when everyone gets what they want after a few minor conflicts. If I tried to write that it would just be false. Or I'd have someone enter with a machine gun.
    -- Adam Rapp

    #Character #Writing #Gun

  • Sejal had not thought of her home, or of India as a whole, as cool. She was dimly aware, however, of a white Westerner habit of wearing other cultures like T-shirts—the sticker bindis on club kids, sindoor in the hair of an unmarried pop star, Hindi characters inked carelessly on tight tank tops and pale flesh. She knew Americans liked to flash a little Indian or Japanese or African. They were always looking for a little pepper to put in their dish.
    -- Adam Rex

    #Stars #Home #Character

  • I'm not comfortable being around too many people. I don't like being out in public too much. I don't like going to bars. I don't like doing celebrity stuff. So most of the characters I play are people who don't always feel comfortable beyond their small circle of friends.
    -- Adam Sandler

    #Character #Play #Circles

  • I love it when you like a character, and then she does something you don't like, and you hate her for a while - then you love her again. I'd like to see her have unlikable moments that the audience understands and sympathizes with.
    -- Adelaide Kane

    #Hate #Character #Doe

  • In this watering-place I acted an heroic character, badly studied; and being a novice on such a stage, I forgot my part before a pair of lovely blue eyes.
    -- Adelbert von Chamisso

    #Character #Eye #Blue

  • In some ways, what I learned is that you can take a character and breathe with them, and its up to the audience to interpret rather than you putting moral stamp on the character.
    -- Aden Young

    #Character #Way #Moral

  • At the end of the day, if I can say that I had a career where I was able to play all different kinds of characters and I'm known as someone who is well-respected for my approach to the craft, that would be a beautiful life.
    -- Adepero Oduye

    #Beautiful #Character #Play

  • I want to tell authentic, real stories with real characters.
    -- Adepero Oduye

    #Real #Character #Stories

  • Also, I'd like to play an athlete again, while I'm still physically fit, or a musician, like Nat King Cole, because I play the trumpet and sing. I'd like to incorporate that into a character.
    -- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

    #Kings #Athlete #Character

  • The only way I know how to deliver is to focus; some people can turn it on or off - I'd rather stay in character.
    -- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

    #Character #People #Focus

  • Certainly, I look for different characters 'cause I always like to keep people guessing, and I also don't like to get typecast.
    -- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

    #Character #People #Different

  • I create a playlist for each and every character that I play.
    -- Adhir Kalyan

    #Character #Play #Playlists

  • All of the actors that have served to me as inspiration over the years have been those more associated with dramatic work who have, in turn, been able to embody their characters and lose themselves in those characters that they create.
    -- Adhir Kalyan

    #Inspiration #Character #Years

  • You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.
    -- Adlai E. Stevenson

    #Integrity #Character #Men

  • I have followed the Church in giving our party program the character of unalterable finality, like the Creed. The Church has never allowed the Creed to be interfered with. It is fifteen hundred years since it was formulated, but every suggestion for its amendment, every logical criticism, or attack on it, has been rejected.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Religious #Party #Character

  • The German people in its whole character is not warlike, but rather soldierly, that is, while they do not want war, they are not frightened by the thoughts of it.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #War #Character #People

  • For how shall we fill people with blind faith in the correctness of a doctrine, if we ourselves spread uncertainty and doubt by constant changes in its outward structure? ...Here, too, we can learn by the example of the Catholic Church. Though its doctrinal edifice, and in part quite superfluously, comes into collision with exact science and research, it is none the less unwilling to sacrifice so much as one little syllable of its dogmas... it is only such dogmas which lend to the whole body the character of a faith.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Character #Sacrifice #People

  • Success is the best builder of character.
    -- Adolph Rupp

    #Success #Character #Builder

  • Not simply the righteousness of our Saviour, not simply the beauty of His holiness or the graces of His character, are we to put on as a garment. The Lord Himself is our vesture. Every Christian is not only a Christ bearer, but a Christ wearer. We are so to enter into Him by communion, to be so endued with His presence, and imbued with His Spirit that men shall see Him when they behold us, as they see our garments when they look upon our bodies.
    -- Adoniram Judson Gordon

    #Christian #Character #Men

  • Your character is the harvest of your habits.
    -- Adrian Rogers

    #Character #Habit #Harvest

  • The Mirror Empire is the most original fantasy I've read in a long time, set in a world full of new ideas, expanding the horizons of the genre. A complex and intricate book full of elegant ideas and finely-drawn characters.
    -- Adrian Tchaikovsky

    #Book #Character #Mirrors

  • Everything has to be clean and orderly when I sit down to write. I have candles going, and small objects that remind me of what I am working on, or bring me into the world of the character.
    -- Adriana Trigiani

    #Writing #Character #World

  • It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
    -- Aeschylus

    #Friendship #Jealousy #Character

  • Up to here, in general, we have mainly stuffed the brain of the young people with a indigestible multitude of varios notions, without thinking about enough of the prime necessity to form their character.
    -- African Spir

    #Character #Thinking #People

  • In life we only try to produce, to win, and enjoy the more we can; in science, to discoverand invent the more we can; in religion, to dominate (or rule over) on the greatest number of people we can; whereas the forming of the character, the further development (or in-dept analysis, "appronfondissement", Fr.) of the faculties of the intelligence ("les facultés de l'intelligence", Fr.), the refinement of the consciousness and of the heart, are considered incidental (or subordinate) things.
    -- African Spir

    #Heart #Character #Winning

  • The more a man is successful in getting out (or coming out) from his own individuality, of his egoist self, and to control (or dominate) the instincts of his physical nature, the more his character, by rising above material contingencies, widen, become free and independent.
    -- African Spir

    #Character #Independent #Successful

  • The supreme blossoming of character lies (or reside) in renounciation (or renuncement) and abnegation of self ("abnégation de soi", Fr.
    -- African Spir

    #Lying #Character #Self

  • As life goes on it becomes tiring to keep up the character you invented for yourself, and so you relapse into individuality and become more like yourself everyday.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Character #Individuality #Everyday

  • There is no telling what a human character is. Until the test comes. To most of us the test comes early in life. A man is confronted quite soon with the necessity to stand on his own feet, to face dangers and difficulties and to take his own line of dealing with them. It may be the straight way, it may be the crooked way --- whichever it is, a man usually learns early just what he is made of.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Character #Men #Feet

  • For my part, the good novel of character is the novel I can always pick up; but the good novel of incident is the novel I can never lay down.
    -- Agnes Repplier

    #Reading #Character #Incidents

  • I'm all alone. There has been no man in my life for several months now and although it would be nice to have a boyfriend, I can't just settle for anybody. The fact is I'm choosy, but mainly about a man's character. He has to be interesting, funny and clever. I don't even mind if he's not very good-looking.
    -- Agyness Deyn

    #Clever #Nice #Character

  • My thing about looking good is that it should be the character. If I'm playing a character who's concerned about his body - an athlete, say - I'll get in shape. If I'm playing a character who doesn't or wouldn't, I don't. I almost never get in shape for a movie, even though I know it would be a good career move.
    -- Aidan Quinn

    #Moving #Character #Athlete

  • Whatever a man wants badly and persistently enough will determine the man's character.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Character #Men #Want

  • Real faith never disappoints because it is in God, grounded on His character, promises, covenant and oath.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Real #Character #Promise

  • Language is the ticket to plot and character, after all, because both are built out of language.
    -- Aimee Bender

    #Character #Plot #Tickets

  • Not getting bored of my own story and/or character is one of the main struggles I have had with novel writing, and I have put to bed big chunks of work that just didn't sustain my interest.
    -- Aimee Bender

    #Struggle #Writing #Character

  • In every character I play, I try to imbibe something. Every film is a learning process for me.
    -- Ajay Naidu

    #Character #Play #Trying

  • I have no idea who the characters are, later, their personalities take over anything I might want to do. I end up writing not from my own will, but from theirs-they come alive as I write and make me do things that I couldn't have planned.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Writing #Character #Ideas

  • Something that you should take particular notice of is the fact that the best scripts have very few explanatory passages. Adding explanation to the descriptive passages of a screenplay is the most dangerous trap you can fall into. It’s easy to explain the psychological state of a character at a particular moment, but it’s very difficult to describe it through the delicate nuances of action and dialogue. Yet it is not impossible. A great deal about this can be learned from the study of the great plays, and I believe the ‘hard-boiled’ detective novels can also be very instructive.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Believe #Fall #Character

  • I like unformed characters. This may be because, no matter how old I get, I am still unformed myself.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Character #May #Matter

  • Try to distill the character of your subject. Understand how he moves, thinks, acts. It's difficult to put into words. Consider each drawing as a problem that did not exist before, and then try to solve that problem to the best of your ability. That i what caricature is all about
    -- Al Hirschfeld

    #Moving #Character #Thinking

  • Playing a character is an illusion, and I feel that when you know too much about a person, possibly part of that illusion is disrupted.
    -- Al Pacino

    #Character #Too Much #Illusion

  • I do believe, and I will always believe, that Shakespeare on film is really something that should be tried more often because it is an opportunity to take the humanity that Shakespeare writes into characters and express it.
    -- Al Pacino

    #Believe #Writing #Character

  • It would be hard to play a character you don't like - for me anyway - or can't find something in them to like.
    -- Al Pacino

    #Character #Play #Would Be

  • You can't slit the throat of everyone whose character it would improve.
    -- Al Swearengen

    #Character #Throat

  • The obvious merits utterance. Character is f**king pertinent.
    -- Al Swearengen

    #Kings #Character #Utterance

  • A man of bad character punishes his own soul.
    -- Al-Ghazali

    #Character #Men #Soul

  • Like the crow among mankind are the Zanj [African Blacks] for they are the worst of men and the most vicious of creatures in character and temperament.
    -- Al-Jahiz

    #Character #Men #Crow

  • As adults, we try to develop the character traits that would have rescued our parents.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Character #Parent #Trying

  • Le lecteur, lui non plus, ne voit pas les choses du dehors. Il est dans le labyrinthe aussi. The reader [as well as the main character] does not view the work from outside. He too is in the labyrinth.
    -- Alain Robbe-Grillet

    #Character #Views #Labyrinth

  • Agent Mom is a perfect opportunity for me to do what I love... develop characters, act and take incredible stories to my fans. So yes, I can absolutely see myself cast as Agent Mom.
    -- Alaina Huffman

    #Mom #Character #Opportunity