Quotes About Character Development

Quotes tagged as "character-development" (showing 1-30 of 59)
C.S. Lewis
“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”
C.S. Lewis

Dorothy L. Sayers
“Books... are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.”
Dorothy L. Sayers, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

Michel de Montaigne
“To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately. All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most.”
Michel de Montaigne

Matthew Kelly
“We become the books we read.”
Matthew Kelly

Martin Luther King Jr.
“The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

L.M. Montgomery
“I'd write of people and places like I knew, and I'd make my characters talk everyday English; and I'd let the sun rise and set in the usual quiet way without much fuss over the fact. If I had to have villains at all, I'd give them a chance, Anne--I'd give them a chance. There are some terrible bad men the world, I suppose, but you'd have to go a long piece to find them...But most of us have got a little decency somewhere in us. Keep on writing, Anne.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

Irina Lopatina
“From the beginning, I did not intend to create a typical classic fantasy. I wanted an organic, harmonious world where my story could evolve. If this world needed gnomes, I put them in there. As for drevalyankas, pikshas, bolugs and other totally original creatures, they appeared there somehow by themselves in the course of events, and then just began "to get under the feet of the main heroes"...”
Irina Lopatina

“Life will never meet all of our expectations. We must nonetheless accept all disappointments without becoming bitter and cynical. We must always remain mindful of the opportunity to extend kindness and work to improve our character.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Bohdi Sanders
“Your reputation is what others think of you; your character is what you truly are. Reputations can be manipulated; character can only be developed and maintained.”
Bohdi Sanders, Men of the Code: Living as a Superior Man

“Fateful encounters with a cruel world reveal our character. No human is immune from heartbreaking loss. Regardless of our socioeconomic status, eventually everybody shall suffer a grievous personal loss, a body blow that inflicts pain of inexpressible magnitude.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“With every passing day, we add a page to our personal story, an illustrative script that casts our character shaped by an implacable external environment and fashioned by our supple state of inwardness.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Richard Scarsbrook
“Each time I discovered a potential link between one character’s story and another’s, several more connections would reveal themselves, like a beautiful, complex web spinning itself.”
Richard Scarsbrook, Rockets Versus Gravity

Stella Atrium
“Delicious days ahead for solitude and writing and, oh yes, the holiday meal with family. Live with my characters until term starts in 2012!”
Stella Atrium

“Every person fails, nobody achieves everything that he or she set out to achieve. Nobody, regardless of how many personal triumphs they enjoy, no matter how rich or powerful they become, goes through life without encountering failure. You cannot fail unless a person valiantly tries to accomplish a task. The most audacious person readily attempts difficult projects, despite feeling uncertain if they can prevail. Successful people exhibit the character to respond positively to failure. Some failures prove instrumental in altering a person’s outlook, and their revised perspective leads to brilliant successes”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Bohdi Sanders
“The superior man responds; the inferior man reacts.”
Bohdi Sanders, Men of the Code: Living as a Superior Man

“None of us commences life utterly alone. We each carry within our granular mass the protoplasm residue of past generations’ ideas, customs, values, infatuations, prejudices, ethics, and mores. The lees wrought from our seedlings contribute to the social order that oversees a newborn’s future. How we conduct ourselves in the here and now emulates our heritage, delineates the parameters of the present culture, and sets the embryonic stage for the emergent ethos of our future and for the generations of people whom we will never meet.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Jennifer Egan
“When I use people I know, all of my instincts seem to go dead, and if I’m getting anywhere near myself then I can’t do it. It’s actually a real weakness! I hate writing personal essays, I don’t think I’m especially good at it. I like just encountering [my characters], discovering them. I love the escape of just being surrounded by all these people who are nothing like people I know. But I don’t find it hard to be in the middle of a different life, with a different set of habits and way of thinking and talking. That seems to come easily to me.”
Jennifer Egan

A.J. Flowers
“While every chapter should have goals to further the plot and delve our readers deeper into our world, there must be one goal above all else: Emotional Impact.”
A.J. Flowers, A Guide to Writing Your First Novel

“All tales, then, are at some level a journey into the woods to find the missing part of us, to retrieve it and make ourselves whole. Storytelling is as simple - and complex - as that. That's the pattern. That's how we tell stories.”
John Yorke, Into the Woods: A Five Act Journey Into Story

S.R. Crawford
“Letti wasn’t born to pass through the world. She had been born to sit atop of it.”
S.R. Crawford, Bloodstained Betrayal

“We employ education and the convictions gained through the intermeshing of personal experiences and fresh ideas to establish the configuration of our being that in actuality was our mysterious potentiality from the very inception of our birth.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“She found it easier to forgive than Ove did. Forgive God and the universe and everything. Ove got angry instead. Maybe because he felt someone had to be angry on her behalf, when everything that was evil seemed to assail the only person he'd ever met who didn't deserve it.”
Fredrick Backman

Sahara Sanders
“When people realized I’m strong, some of them appeared to be morons who automatically assumed it meant they might feel free to “beat” me as hard as they liked to, supposing it had to be fine with me.”
Sahara Sanders, INDIGO DIARIES: A Series of Novels

Sahara Sanders
“Emotionally and physically, I’m an extremely fragile creation of God; while the strong will and character are formed out of the necessity to protect the vulnerable core.”
Sahara Sanders, INDIGO DIARIES: A Series of Novels

Abhijit Naskar
“Character is what the world needs - character that will empower the mind with such an unimaginable strength that one would meet death face to face and say “some other time, pal!”
Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas

Abhijit Naskar
“The world needs gigantic strong wills in front of which even the mountains will be crumbled.”
Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas

Abhijit Naskar
“What I want from you comrade, what the world wants from you, O dearest, are the neurons of steel, within which dwells a mind of the same material of which the thunderbolt is made.”
Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas

Colleen McCullough
“Meggie dropped to her knees, scrambling frantically to collect the miniature clothes before more damage was done them, then she began picking among the grass blades where she thought the pearls might have fallen. Her tears were blinding her, the grief in her heart new, for until now she had never owned anything worth grieving for.”
Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

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