Character Description Quotes

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David Nicholls
“She drinks pints of coffee and writes little observations and ideas for stories with her best fountain pen on the linen-white pages of expensive notebooks. Sometimes, when it's going badly, she wonders if what she believes to be a love of the written word is really just a fetish for stationery.”
David Nicholls, One Day

“Oh, he did look like a deity – the perfect balance of danger and charm, he was at the same time fascinating and inaccessible, distant because of his demonstrated flawlessness, and possessing such strength of character that he was dismaying and at the same time utterly attractive in an enticing and forbidden way.”
Simona Panova, Nightmarish Sacrifice

Gail Carriger
“He ... boasted an unassuming mustache, which was perched atop his upper lip cautiously, as though it were slightly embarrassed to be there and would like to slide away and become a sideburn or something more fashionable.”
Gail Carriger, Etiquette & Espionage

Kasie West
“Once Addie let someone in, she was impossible to forget. There was something about her that crawled inside a person and built a nice comfy home there, her goodness expanding until it filled every limb.”
Kasie West, Split Second

Charlotte Brontë
“Miss Ingram was a mark beneath jealousy: she was too inferior to excite feeling. Pardon the seeming paradox; I mean what I say. She was very showy, but she was not genuine; she had a fine person, many brilliant attainments, but her mind was poor, her heart barren by nature; nothing bloomed spontaneously on that soil; no unforced natural fruit delighted by its freshness. She was not good; she was not original; she used to repeat sounding phrases from books; she never offered, nor had, an opinion of her own. She advocated a high tone of sentiment, but she did not know the sensations of sympathy and pity; tenderness and truth were not in her”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Charles Frazier
“If you're not who you want to be, at least act like who you want it be. - Bud”
Charles Frazier, Nightwoods

Gene Stratton-Porter
“It was a compound of self-reliance, hard knocks, heart hunger, unceasing work, and generosity. There was no form of suffering with which the girl could not sympathize, no work she was afraid to attempt, no subject she had investigated she did not understand. These things combined to produce a breadth and depth of character altogether unusual.”
Gene Stratton Porter, A Girl of the Limberlost

Charles Dickens
“Oh! but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Arthur Conan Doyle
“A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles

Anne Enright
“the kind of person took milk in his tea on one day and decided against it on the next.”
Anne Enright, The Gathering

Jeffrey Eugenides
“Phyllida's hair was where her power resided. It was expensively set into a smooth dome, like a band shell for the presentation of that long-running act, her face.”
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot

Julia Stuart
“Standing at the original Victorian counter was a man in a long black leather coat. His hair had been grown to counteract its unequivocal retreat from the top of his head, and was fashioned into a mean, frail ponytail that hung limply down his back. Blooms of acne highlighted his vampire-white skin.”
Julia Stuart, The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise

Thomas Carlyle
“Not our logical faculty, but our imaginative one is king over us. I might say, priest and prophet to lead us to heaven-ward, or magician and wizard to lead us hellward.”
Thomas Carlyle

Charles Dickens
“Show Pleasant Riderhood a Wedding in the street, and she only saw two people taking out a regular license to quarrel and fight. Show her a Christening, and she saw a little heathen personage having a quite superfluous name bestowed upon it, inasmuch as it would be commonly addressed by some abusive epithet; which little personage was not in the least wanted by anybody, and would be shoved and banged out of everybody's way, until it should grow big enough to shove and bang. Show her a Funeral, and she saw an unremunerative ceremony in the nature of a black masquerade, conferring a temporary gentility on the performers, at an immense expense, and representing the only formal party ever given by the deceased. Show her a live father, and she saw but a duplicate of her own father, who from her infancy had been taken with fits and starts of discharging his duty to her, which duty was always incorporated in the form of a fist or a leathern strap, and being discharged hurt her. All things considered, therefore, Pleasant Riderhood was not so very, very bad.”
Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

Jodi Taylor
“The only talents he possessed were delusions of adequacy.”
Jodi Taylor, The Nothing Girl

Brian Malloy
“The uncle and cousin seem nice, but the aunt is a bit of a shock. Whith her hair dyed bright red, she looks like Ronald McDonald's post-menopausal sister. Who has let herself go.”
Brian Malloy, Twelve Long Months

Lisa Lutz
“The latter. She had a good run," Sook said, doing a little shrug. It was his usual response to death at Mapleshade, and it was a safe bet that he felt that way about himself. Like most twice-widowed, Korea-vet, nature-loving, gun-enthusiast, bilingual, weed-connoisseur great grandfathers of five, he'd lived a full life.”
Lisa Lutz, Heads You Lose

C. Robert Cargill
“Simon Sparks was an oozing slug of a man poured neatly into a three-piece suit.”
C. Robert Cargill, Dreams and Shadows

L.H. Leonard
“Of average size for a plow horse, but conspicuously large for a man, the Buchanan shouldered between his companions with the apologetic restraint of one accustomed to fitting his bulk into an undersized world and wishing it wouldn’t cower like that.”
L.H. Leonard, Legend of the Storm Hawks

L.H. Leonard
“If ever a man was too clever for his own good, it was the learned Daor Ranald. A middle-aged scholar with silver-rimmed spectacles and a curly brown mop of hair that refused any efforts at taming, he was always moving, talking, or reading. Often all at once.”
L.H. Leonard, Legend of the Storm Hawks

Georgette Heyer
“When he was pleased he looked what nature had intended him to be: a placid man with a kindly, easy-going disposition; but when harassed his expression changed to one of peevishness, a frown dragging his brows together, and a pronounced pout giving him very much the look of a thwarted baby.”
Georgette Heyer, The Unknown Ajax

Jim   Lowe
“If anyone caught his eye on the number 31 bus that took him from his run-down estate into the small but vibrant financial hub of the Northwest, in Arlington, he’d give nothing away but a smile.”
Jim Lowe, New Reform

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu
“Apparently, a man’s character is frequently revealed by what he vehemently criticizes.”
Vincent Okay Nwachukwu, Weighty 'n' Worthy African Proverbs - Volume 1

Rebecca Roanhorse
“The woman was imposing, unusually tall and rippling with what seemed to be hard-won muscle. She wore a one-shouldered jumpsuit that looked like it had been stitched together from a mixture of animal hides and discarded armor. Her exposed arm displayed an elaborate stretch of short slashing lines that had been cut into her dark skin from shoulder to elbow, and below the elbow she wore a leather bracer. Her thick hair was dyed blood red and she held it back in dreadlocks that trailed down her back.”
Rebecca Roanhorse, Resistance Reborn

L.H. Leonard
“Fehan’s unremarkable eyes went round as saucers behind the oversized spectacles perched on his narrow nose, making him look like an underfed owl.”
L.H. Leonard, Legend of the Storm Hawks

L.H. Leonard
“Pastor Ben Bonner was a balding man with a face lined by laughter and pain, and eyes that always held more hope than despair. Barely as tall as Calum’s chest but stout as an oak, he clasped Calum’s forearm and pulled him into a fatherly embrace.”
L.H. Leonard, Legend of the Storm Hawks

Graham Greene
“Captain Segura squeezed out a smile. It seemed to come from the wrong place like toothpaste when the tube splits.”
Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana

Maisy Heart
“Only the rougher folks are out at night, and Blue Jean's is the one place they'll go for a meal. With a reputation of serving anybody, no matter who they are or what they're involved in, the diner attracts all sorts of characters.”
Maisy Heart, Midnight at the Diner: A Young Adult Romantic Suspense Thriller

Vladimir Nabokov
“Outwardly, Roy was an obvious figure. If you drew a pair of old brown loafers, two beige elbow patches, a black pipe, and two baggy eyes under heavy eyebrows, the rest was easy to fill out.”
Vladimir Nabokov

E.T.A. Hoffmann
“For quite apart from the fact that he was barely three feet tall, a third of his diminutive person consisted of his head, which was obviously much too big for him, and was embellished with a huge long hooked nose and a pair of great round protuberant eyes. As his trunk was also rather long, there was only about four inches left for his legs and feet. However, good use had been made of the space available, for considered in themselves the baronial nether limbs were as elegant as one could hope to see.”
E.T.A. Hoffmann, The King's Bride

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