Personality is the entirety of characteristic forms of the thinking emotions and behavior of the individual person. Judith Harris 

Character is tested by true sentiments more than by conduct. A man is seldom better than his word. Lord Acton

Heart and head are the constituent parts of character. Temperament has almost nothing to do with it, and therefore character is dependent upon education and is susceptible of being corrected and improved. Casanova

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. Einstein

A man who sleeps on a railroad track will wake up with a split personality. Unknown

The image of myself which I try to create in my own mind in order that I may love myself is very different from the image which I try to create in the minds of others in order that they might love me. W. H. Auden

Nature magically suits the man to his fortunes, by making these the fruit of his character. Emerson

Charlie Chaplin describes his screen transformation into “the little tramp” as follows: “I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked on stage, he was fully born.” Charlie Chaplin Quotes

There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at. Goethe

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters. Thoreau

Poetry is not turning loose an emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. T. S. Eliot

Hard conditions of life are indispensable to bringing out the best in human personality. Alexis Carrel

Of all virtues, magnanimity is the rarest. There are a hundred persons of merit for one who willingly acknowledges it in another. William Hazlitt

Conscience is the frame of character, and love is the covering for it. Henry Ward Beecher

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. Bruce Lee

The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality. Jack Rogers

Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity, and the great exercise of it is in loving relatives. Tze-Sze 

A monarch frequently represents his subjects better that an elected assembly; and if he is a good judge of character he is likely to have more capable and loyal advisers. William Ralph Inge

What a man is depends on his character; but what he does, and what we think of what he does, depends on his circumstances. George Bernard Shaw

It is circumstance and proper measure that give an action its character, and make it either good or bad. Plutarch

Thus strength is afforded by good and thorough customs, thus is learnt the subjection of the individual, and strenuousness of character becomes a birth gift and afterwards is fostered as a habit. Nietzsche

Bondage is the life of personality and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.  Aldous Huxley

His own character is the arbiter of every ones fortune. Syrus 

Adventure is the vitalizing element in histories, both individual and social. Its adepts are rarely chaste, or merciful, or even law-abiding at all, and any moral peptonization or sugaring takes out the interest with the truth of their lives. And that is how it is with all interesting characters. From Twelve against the Gods by William Bolitho. Quote source: Inside Scientology the story of America's most secretive religion by Janet Reitman

Find me a servant who admires his Master and you will have found two good men. Lucullus

We need a mask for survival. Every man has three characters-that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has. Alphonse Karr

The theory of personality type contends that each of us has a natural preference which falls into one category or the other in each of four areas and that our native personality Type indicates how we are likely to deal with different situations that life presents and in which environments we are most comfortable. Jung

Man is what he believes. Anton Chekhov

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King Jr

By the age of three, the child has already laid down the foundations of his personality as a human being, and only then does he need the help of special scholastic influences. So great are the conquests he has made that one may well say: the child who goes to school at three is already a little man. Maria Montessori

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. Emerson

We wonder but in the end there is always a certain peace in being what one is, in being that completely. The condemned man has that joy. Ugo Betti

For a great nature, it is a happiness to escape a religious training; religion of character is so apt to be invaded. Emerson

Every man must form himself as a particular being, seeking, however, to attain that general idea of which all mankind are constituents. Goethe   

Altered opinions do not alter a man's character; but they do illuminate individual aspects of the constellation of his personality which with a different assemblage of opinions had hitherto remained dark and unrecognizable.  Nietzsche

Do not expect to be acknowledged for what you are, much less for what you would be; since no one can well measure a great but upon the bier. Walter Savage Landor

We need someone, I say, on whom our character may mold itself; you'll never make the crooked straight without a ruler. Seneca

Ideas are, in truth, forces. Infinite, too, is the power of personality. A union of the two always makes history.  Henry James

When a man is made up wholly of the dove, without the least grain of the serpent in his composition, he becomes ridiculous in many circumstances of life, and very often discredits his best actions. Joseph Addison 

The man who commands efficiently must have obeyed others in the past, and the man who obeys dutifully is worthy of someday being a commander. Cicero

It is thus with most of us; we are what other people say we are. We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay. Eric Hoffer

Meeting people unlike oneself does enlarge one’s outlook; it only confirms one’s idea that one is unique. Elizabeth Bowen 

To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.  Albert Camus

I am often tired of myself, and I have a notion that by travel I can add to my personality, and so change myself a little. I do not bring back from a journey quite the same self that I took. Quote from: The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selina Hastings

Some people are molded by their admiration's; others by their hostilities. Elizabeth Bowen

Every epoch has its character determined by the way its population reacts to the material events which they encounter. Alfred North Whitehead

Only individuals with an aberrant temperament can in the long run retain their self-esteem in the face of the disesteem of their fellows. Thorstein Veblen  

Simplicity of character is no hindrance to subtlety of intellect. John Morley

The most base of men can be civilized through suffering. Jerome

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.  Erich Fromm 

The wise man, the true friend, the finished character, we seek everywhere, and only find in fragments. Emerson 

Our characters are the result of our conduct. Aristotle

If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him. Emerson

The smug man proclaims his knowledge at every opportunity, but gains no respect until he puts it to use. Max Fromm

Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams. Emerson

If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world it will come through the expression of your own personality, that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature. Bruce Barton

There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless. Mark Twain

A woman of generous character will sacrifice her life a thousand times over for her lover, but will break with him for ever over a question of pride. Stendhal

Between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character. Walter Lippmann

Repose and cheerfulness is the badge of the gentleman; repose in energy. Emerson

Manhood and sagacity ripen of themselves; it suffices not to repress or distort them. Santayana 

It is the property of things seen for the first time, or for the first time after long, like the flowers in spring, to reawaken in us the sharp edge of sense and that impression of mystic strangeness which otherwise passes out of life with the coming of years; but the sight of a loved face is what renews a man’s character from the fountain upwards.Quotes from Robert Louis Stevenson

He who recites dramatic works makes discoveries about his own character. Nietzsche

Similarly the men who produce works of genius are not those who live in the most delicate atmosphere, whose conversation is most brilliant, or their culture broadest, but those who have had the power, ceasing in a moment to live only for themselves, to make use of their personality as of a mirror. Marcel Proust

Character is what you have left when you've lost everything you can lose. Evan Esar

There is a kind of character in thy life, That to the observer doth thy history, fully unfold. 
William Shakespeare

You cannot write down how people are good; you just know it, and cannot get away from it. Max Hastings

Anecdote:  After Henry David Thoreau’s death, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote of him: “No truer American existed than Thoreau. He lived for the day, not encumbered and mortified by his memory. … It seems an injury that he should leave in the midst of his broken task, which no-one else can finish.”

A man is like a bit of Labrador spar, which has no luster as you turn it in your hand, until you come to a particular angle; then it shows deep and beautiful colors. Emerson

Many in Hollywood viewed the public persona of the young Debbie Reynolds as demure and vulnerable to be a complete facade.  Pianist Oscar Levant once quipped, “She’s as wistful as an iron factory.”  Quote cited from: Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger.

Society is a masked ball where everyone hides his real character, and reveals it in hiding. Emerson

He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others. William Hazlitt

To be nobody but myself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else; means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting. E. E. Cummings

A man’s real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect and natural love. Joseph Conrad 

Certainly there are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortunes. Jules Renard

Not in the clamor of the crowded street. Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng; but in ourselves are triumph and defeat. Longfellow

Anyone is to be pitied who has just sense enough to perceive his deficiencies. William Hazlitt

There are characters that are continually creating collisions and nodes for themselves in dramas which nobody is prepared to act with them. George Eliot

The normal is what you find but rarely. The normal is an ideal. It is a picture that one fabricates of the average characteristics of men, and to find them all in a single man is hardly to be expected. Somerset Maugham

Self-respect will keep a man from being abject when he is in the power of enemies, and will enable him to feel that he may be in the right when the world is against him. Bertrand Russell

Others are to us like the characters in fiction, eternal and incorrigible; the surprises they give us turn out in the end to have been predictable and unexpected variations on the theme of being themselves. Mary McCarthy   

Not a having and a resting, but a growing and a becoming, is the character of perfection as culture conceives it. Matthew Arnold

My friend Jim Garner is a man’s man, a ladies’ man, a good old boy in the best sense of the word, a curmudgeon-he’d be the first to tell you-and a sweetheart. I don't know a lady who isn't a little bit in love with him.”  Source: Julie Andrews; Introduction to the Garner Files by James Garner

So much are our minds influenced by the accidents of our bodies, that every man is more the man of the day than a regular and consequential character. Lord Chesterfield 

Reserve is an artificial quality that is developed in most of us but as the result of innumerable rebuffs. Somerset Maugham 

The value of culture is its effect on character. It avails nothing unless it ennobles and strengthens that. Its use is for life. Its aim is not beauty but goodness. Somerset Maugham

Character constitutes the structure of the nature of a given individual. For this reason, it is often viewed through the prism of traits outsiders observe. It can be gauged by one’s actions, words, or overall demeanor. To some extent, it is always a matter of speculation. The long-standing debate upon the weight of the influences between heredity and environment has taken on a deeper dimension, due to the growing scientific data indicating that experiences, encompassing long-term substance abuse, can bring about changes in DNA. 

Thus, while genetic predispositions are still understood as vital factors, their impact may be heightened or lessened, depending upon an individual’s interactions with his surroundings. Personality can reflect the genuine nature of character. Conversely, an outward persona often masks the true nature of an individual. This proves especially true in scenarios where a manipulator of others has learned ways of persuasion which inveigle the vulnerable.

These pranksters often succeed in defrauding any number of people. Such human anacondas prey upon the basic human drives of greed and loneliness. Other troubled people flee their own pain by bringing laughter to others. The thought of the sad clown, although a cliche  is far too often a tragic reality.Thus, character and personality can be akin, or at least symbiotic.

The anguish which shapes it may emerge in sensitivity towards others, a wish to bring laughter into their lives. Ideally, this pretense of happiness lifts the underlying gloom from the character of that comedian, whether during a bash at a local pub, the gala of a wedding reception, or onstage at the London palladium or America’s Carnegie hall. Joy is joy, wherever, whenever  In the ideal framework, character and personality mesh into one pulsating heartbeat.