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Bad Character Quotes


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

"The thing that distinguishes permanent poverty is bad character." - James Cook

"As bad a dresser as I am, anything beats being judged by my character." - David Sedaris

"His soul is calloused. [On his character, "Walter White", from "Breaking Bad"]" - Bryan Cranston

"Atheists are suffering from bad PR. What if Sesame Street had an atheist character?" - Dan Barker

"It takes more strength of character to withstand good fortune than bad." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Failures not a bad thing. It builds character. It makes you stronger." - Billy Dee Williams

"Well, Ive always been a character actor, you know, and you always get your share of character actors who are bad guys." - Colm Meaney

"I do love that witches havent really been explored that much. Usually, witches are the little side character... a bad female character that comes in and leaves." - Madchen Amick

"Fixable but unfixed bad performance is bad character and tends to create more of itself, causing more damage to the excuse giver with each tolerated instance." - Charlie Munger

"I've always found that it's such an emotional experience, trying to find the good parts of a bad character or the bad parts of a good character, and in the end, most of these qualities are already there inside me." - Milla Jovovich

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

"Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life." - Walter Inglis Anderson

"A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page." - Hosea Ballou

"God is using all of your experiences, both good and bad, to develop your character to match your calling." - Lysa TerKeurst

"Money is either a good or bad influence, according to the character of the person who possesses it." - Napoleon Hill

"When you're playing this bad of a character, it's obviously not reality for someone who's not living that life." - Michael Rapaport

"For me, playing a really bad character is about figuring out what brought the person to where we need him." - Paul Dano

"Bad company corrupts good character." - Menander

"A jester, a bad character." - Blaise Pascal

"Reputation is seeming; character is being. Reputation is manufactured; character is grown. Reputation is your photograph; There is a vast difference between character and reputation. Reputation is what men think we are; character is what God knows us to be. Reputation is seeming; character is being. Reputation is the breath of men; character is the inbreathing of the eternal God. One may for a time have a good reputation and a bad character, or the reverse ; but not for long." - Robert Stuart MacArthur

"No man can have anything better after faith than a woman of righteous character, loving and child-bearing. And no man can have anything worse after unbelief than a sharp-tongued woman of bad character." - Umar

"There is a natural disposition with us to judge an author's personal character by the character of his works. We find it difficult to understand the common antithesis of a good writer and a bad man." - Edwin Percy Whipple

"May God save any country to remain in a position to choose between a genius of bad character and a stupid of good character, because both will bring disaster to that country!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"A really good style comes only when a man has become as good as he can be. Style is character. A good style cannot come from a bad undisciplined character." - Norman Mailer

"Babies are born with neither good nor bad character. Normal people - as they grow, learn and are trained - develop better or worse dispositions and habits of conduct." - Edwin J Delattre

"An ignorant person with a bad character is like an unarmed robber, but a learned person with a blog is a robber fully armed" - Mickey Kaus

"There is no cure for fictional character love, but the plus side is that it is an entirely benign disease with no bad side effects." - Cassandra Clare

"It doesn't matter if your lead character is good or bad. He just has to be interesting, and he has to be good at what he does." - David Chase

"There can be no good character in civil government if there is none in the people. You cannot make a good omelet with bad eggs." - R.J. Rushdoony

"Because in fantasy perhaps more than in any other genre, the character is rewarded for making the right choices and punished for making the bad. Ask Boromir." - R A Salvatore

"I'm known for playing bad guys, so this was an interesting departure from what I'm known to play, which is a softer, more likable, affable character." - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

"Maybe with "Californication" the character was partly based on Rick Moody. I read him and Jay McInerney, the templates for this bad boy novelist." - David Duchovny

"The portrait I have to paint is of an ambiguous character, a mixture of virtues and vices, a perpetual contrast between good impulses and bad actions." - Antoine Francois Prevost

"I have played some very kind and loving character. I don't know why I'm so good at playing bad. I really don't." - Taryn Manning

"The ultimate foundation of honor is the conviction that moral character is unalterable: a single bad action implies that future actions of the same kind will, under similar circumstances, also be bad." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"I don't think being flawed is a bad thing for a character... nor do I think it's a bad thing for a person in life, because that's how we all are." - Alison Brie

"Bad beginnings, bad endings." - Livy

"Sometimes bad is bad." - Huey Lewis

"But if one doesn't have a character like Abraham Lincoln or Joan of Arc, a diet simply disintegrates into eating exactly what you want to eat, but with a bad conscience." - Maria Franziska von Trapp

"A sentence is born into this world neither good nor bad, and that to establish its character is a question of the subtlest possible adjustments, a process of intuition to which exaggeration and force are fatal." - Rachel Cusk

"It is always a practical difficulty with clubs to regulate the laws of election so as to exclude peremptorily every social nuisance. Nobody wishes bad manners. We must have loyalty and character." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The test of every religious, political, or educational system, is the man which it forms. If a system injures the intelligence it is bad. If it injures the character it is vicious. If it injures the conscience it is criminal." - Henri Frederic Amiel

"The strange thing about the English character is that they understate everything. It's considered bad form to comment on the food, money, romance, any of those things. So you underplay it." - Patrick Macnee

"We have to keep company with supposedly bad characters if we are to survive and not succumb to mental atrophy. People of good character, so called, are the ones who end up boring us to death." - Thomas Bernhard

"Perpetual aiming at wit is a very bad part of conversation. It is done to support a character: it generally fails; it is a sort of insult on the company, and a restraint upon the speaker." - Jonathan Swift

"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

"Man was born to live with his fellow human beings. Separate him, isolate him, his character will go bad, a thousand ridiculous affects will invade his heart, extravagant thoughts will germinate in his brain, like thorns in an uncultivated land." - Denis Diderot

"Life at university, with its intellectual and inconclusive discussions at a postgraduate level is on the whole a bad training for the real world. Only men of very strong character surmount this handicap." - Paul Chambers

"Your character defects are not where you're bad, but where you're wounded. But no matter who or what causes the wound, it's yours now and you're responsible for it." - Marianne Williamson

"I really love the Marvel universe, one of my favorite is Daredevil. I really love also the Punisher and I don't understand why they made so many bad movies on that character." - Xavier Gens

"Make your faces so that they do not all have the same expression, as one sees with most painters, but give them different expression, according to age, complexion, and good or bad character." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"No one is black and white or good or bad or happy or sad or what have you. [All have] particular idiosyncrasies that make them fascinating and that's how I tend to approach a character." - Cary Elwes

"The TV commercials, which are endless and fairly crass, gave birth to Brock, the bad-lawyer character in Razor Girl. In real life you can find even sleazier examples than him." - Carl Hiaasen

"Probably the greatest writer of westerns himself was Homer. His character were never all good or all bad. They're half and half, these characters, as all human beings are." - Sergio Leone

"Acting. Whenever I am playing a character, I use my real life experiences, which puts me on the line of reliving some of those good and bad times. Acting requires risk, and that's what feeling vulnerable is." - Allison Holker

"Cable news is 24 hours long so you have to fill it up with something. No, the Muppets are not communist. And the character of Tex Richman is not an allegory for capitalism in any way. The character is called Tex Richman. It's a joke. Clearly he is a classic, old school bad guy. He's bad not because he works for an oil company but because he's evil. No, it's not a communist movie in any way." - James Bobin

"We are born with a potential for good character - and for the dispositions and habits that make up bad or weak character. Because we are born in ignorance of moral ideals, however, we must be instructed or trained if we are to achieve a good second nature." - Edwin J Delattre

"Living authors, therefore, are usually, bad companions. If they have not gained character, they seek to do so by methods often ridiculous, always disgusting; and if they have established a character, they are silent for fear of losing by their tongue what they have acquired by their pen-for many authors converse much more foolishly than Goldsmith, who have never written half so well." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Character is doing the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay. When it comes to character, you dont have to be sick to get better. Its easier for a good person to get better than for a bad person to get good." - Michael Josephson

"Broadly speaking, Protestants like to be good and have invented theology in order to keep themselves so, whereas Catholics like to be bad and have invented theology in order to keep their neighbors good. Hence, the social character of Catholicism and the individual character of Protestantism." - Bertrand Russell

"I know I'm not normal in this, but [ Severus ] Snape is absolutely my favorite character in the Harry Potter books. He is completely mortal - good, bad, strong, weak, motivated by hatred, motivated by love. A gorgeous, compelling, complex character who definitely earns a spot at my table." - Megan Chance

"Somehow we allow, if a character goes to the dark side, if we're hooked into that character - I'm obsessed with Peaky Blinders. Those characters are awful, and yet you root for them. You love them! Same with Breaking Bad. That's not as easy in a feature." - Lauren Shuler Donner

"Discrimination is a bad bad bad thing." - Emily Saliers

"Everyone is gonna have a bad day, everyone is gonna have a bad game. The questions are: How do you recover? What builds your character? I decided one day early on in high school that I wanted to be great at basketball, not just a good basketball player." - Gilbert Arenas

"Beware of anyone who calls you bad names merely for asking honest questions. Beware of anyone who insists on reframing your sincere curiosity as a character defect. Beware of anyone who questions your motives while ignoring your facts. When someone calls you bad names merely for asking questions, it suggests they know the answer but are terrified to admit it." - Jim Goad

"Playing a drunk doesn't mean being a drunk, only bad actors try to be drunk. A real drunk tries to be sober, he wants another drink. How a character hides their feelings tells us who they are, no one shows their feelings except bad actors." - Martin Landau

"Bad laws make bad customs." - Jane Aiken Hodge

"Bad beliefs make bad behavior." - Warren Akin Candler

"It's bad. It's damned bad." - Abraham Lincoln

"Football doesn't build character, it reveals character." - Marv Levy

"Have character, but don't be a character." - Richard Marcinko

"Dialogue is character and character is plot." - George V

"Attitude produces character, and character produces hope." - Mark Burnett

"Have character; don't be a character." - Chad Pennington

"Character comes before scholarship." - Margaret Ayer Barnes

"Character contributes to beauty." - Jacqueline Bisset

"Adversity defines true character." - Ray Lewis

"Character doesn't matter." - William J Clinton

"Character + Chance = Success" - N. R. Narayana Murthy

"Rejection reveals your character." - Robert G Allen

"Character isn't inherited." - Helen Gahagan Douglas

"Hire character. Train skill." - Peter Schutz

"imperfections create character..." - Ellen Hopkins

"Character is inured habit." - Plutarch

"Character is the salesperson" - George Madison Adams

"Character is our destiny." - Heraclitus

"Weather creates character." - Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

"Thought creates character." - Annie Besant

"I'm a lurid character!" - Orson Welles

"Age is as much an asset for character players as it is for good wine. Human experiences, both good and bad, leave their marks on one's face and bearing. A few lines on the face and a few gray hairs coupled with the idiosyncrasies an actor adopts throughout life help out round out the actor's personality. So far as I'm concerned, the older a character actor gets, the firmer his position is." - Strother Martin

"If you want to write about a person who isn't nice, people say, "This is a bad book. It's about somebody I couldn't stand." But that's not the point. You don't have to like a character to like a book. Most of the time, people would misjudge and say, "I didn't like the book." No, you didn't like the character. That doesn't make it any less interesting of a book. In fact, to me, it makes it more interesting." - Tama Janowitz

"I love Ron Howard, he's a wonderful director, incredibly prepared. But I have to criticize my performance in that movie. It all took place in one day. My character was having a bad day, so she's having a bad day throughout the whole movie. But this was a comedy, and I think I was too serious, too dense. Yes, I think that describes my failure there." - Glenn Close

"There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking." - Edward J. Flanagan

"I'm a bad Jew, a bad Russian, a bad everything." - Joseph Brodsky

"I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life." - Walter Inglis Anderson

"The American character looks always as if it had just had a rather bad haircut, which gives it, in our eyes at any rate, a greater humanity than the European, which even among its beggars has all too much a professional air." - Mary Mccarthy

"The old woman was not only ugly with the ugliness age brings us all but showed signs of formidable ugliness by birth - pickle-jar chin, mainsail ears and a nose like a trigonometry problem. What's more, she had the deep frown and snit wrinkles that come from a lifetime of bad character." - P. J. O'Rourke

"Most bad books get that way because their authors are engaged in trying to justify themselves. If a vain author is an alcoholic, then the most sympathetically portrayed character in his book will be an alcoholic. This sort of thing is very boring for outsiders." - Stephen Vizinczey

"It strikes me as unfair, and even in bad taste, to select a few of them for boundless admiration, attributing superhuman powers of mind and character to them. This has been my fate, and the contrast between the popular estimate of my powers and achievements and the reality is simply grotesque." - Albert Einstein

"I see characters lying all the time in a lot of Hollywood movies. They can't do this because it would affect the movie this way or that or this demographic might not like it. To me a character can't do anything good or bad, they can only do something that's true or not." - Quentin Tarantino

"Sometimes you can do certain things on stage, or even in a TV series, and people see the look on your face and they know what you mean, so you can get away with certain things. But if you can't create that look on an animated character, which is essentially a puppet, the line will hit the audience in a very bad way." - Jerry Seinfeld

"Understanding child development takes the emphasis away from the child's character-looking at the child as good or bad. The emphasis is put on behavior as communication. Discipline is thus seen as problem-solving. The child is helped to learn a more acceptable manner of communication." - Ellen Galinsky

"I keep as far from children as possible. I don't like the size of them; the scale is all wrong. The head tends to be too big for the bodies and the hands and feet are a disaster and they keep falling into things, and the nakedness of their bad character..." - Gore Vidal

"It is not necessary for a man to be actively bad in order to make a failure in life; simple inaction will accomplish it. Nature has everywhere written her protest against idleness; everything which ceases to struggle toward an ideal, the constant effort to get higher and further, which develops manhood and character." - James Terry White

"People doing rote assembly-line movements, or someone tossing dough over and over in a pizza parlour is boring. It's boring to watch and boring to perform. But if you're a bad pizza thrower who drops the dough or watches it stick to the ceiling, then we know something more about your character." - Mark Sutton

"But when you read books you almost feel like you're out there in the world. Like you're going on this adventure right with the main character. At least, that's the way I do it. It's actually not that bad. Even if it is mad nerdy." - Matt De La Pena

"I learned a long time ago that you don't have to go around using bad language and trying to hurt people to show how macho you are. That stuff won't get you anywhere, it just shows lack of vocabulary and character." - Bobby Bowden

"I do not hold that because the author did a bad job of writing the player need trump it with the same kind of acting. When I go into a picture I have only one character to look after. If the author didn't do him justice, I try to add whatever the creator of the part overlooked." - William Powell

"I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character; like those among men who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy. The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America." - Benjamin Franklin

"Incredibly deep research combines with the talents of a fine historian and writer to produce superb narrative history. The true character and relationship of these two iconic westerners emerge to suppress myth and correct more than a century of tomes laden with bad history." - Robert M. Utley

"I love Doctor Who and I remember the first one, which was wonderful in its low-tech quality. I also loved the theme song, which sounded like The Cure to me. Which character would I like to play in Doctor Who? Who's the bad guy? The Dalek? OK, I'll play him." - David Duchovny

"Evil is a broad church. There are so many different ways to be evil. Sometimes it's fun to be the guy who doesn't know that he's bad, like the character I played in True Blood. He was pretty angsty about it, but he thought he was doing the right thing." - James Frain

"I'm not particularly an expert on the genre. Correct me if I'm wrong, but usually you see most of the super-villain in his villainous role. He's the Green Goblin, or whatever various bad guys in Batman, or something like that. It's the excessive, larger than life, cartoon-ish, costumed character that is the personification of evil and has to be destroyed." - James Frain

"You are not just anyone. One day, you're going to have to make a choice. You have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. Whoever that man is, good character or bad, it's going to change the world." - Jonathan Kent

"Adam and Eve - and especially Eve - are victims of the greatest character assassination the world has ever known. Eve is not secondary. Eve, if anything, is the great initiator in the story. She's the first independent woman. For me, rediscovering that Eve was the greatest bad**s women of all time was a revelation." - Bruce Feiler

"The history and baggage of certain actors and characters - it goes into the movie and becomes part of it. If Keanu Reeves wasn't Keanu with all the things that make him Keanu, it wouldn't be the same for him to come in and become his Bad Batch character The Dream. It's kind of meta or next-level interesting for me." - Ana Lily Amirpour

"I only noticed this after I had finished the film 'The Bad Batch,' and watched it again a few months later... Arlen, main character, is kind of like a shark because she keeps on moving forward. I do feel that in modern society that still is the best way to survive." - Ana Lily Amirpour

"I've never before had the same main character appear in consecutive novels, but I liked Yancy and his attitude, and I was curious to see what would happen to him after Bad Monkey. And I liked the idea of him still trying to get his detective job back while he's stuck on roach patrol." - Carl Hiaasen

"I consider it an actor going to work with other actors. It's not a competitive sport, it's not to outact anybody else, sorta thing, you can be a bad actor but you don't outact anybody, you just bring your character as best as you can." - Ray Stevenson

"I learned that I had character defects, that I was allergic to alcohol and drugs, and that I had an obsession with all the bad stuff. But thank God that I woke and that I had good people around me to support me. There's not much more I can say about it. You have to want to be a better person." - Sugar Ray Leonard

"I think that's the big difference between this one [Ordinary World] and a lot of the other rock 'n' roll movies. They're playing to tape, but Fred Armisen and I were actually in a rock 'n' roll bad together. I also really related to the character, especially when it came to the parenting part. I'm a pretty klutzy parent." - Billie Joe Armstrong

"You want to be able to say [to Ethan Hawke's character], "Dude, it's okay," but maybe it's not. Maybe he's not a good person. I don't know. That's the thing about people. There is no real good guy or bad guy [in A Valley Of Violence]. It's all context." - Ti West

"Gomez is a by-the-book cop. He's the only character not to break bad." - Steven Michael Quezada

"I cannot be a character in a bad movie. I can't be." - Robert Mckee

"I pulled the Johnny character from the Jamaican Johnny Too Bad thing." - Robert Cray

"I've never seen any character I've ever played as a bad guy or a good guy." - Barry Sloane

"Failure's not a bad thing. It builds character. It makes you stronger." - Billy Dee Williams

"Good and bad are really arbitrary words when it comes to character." - Anson Mount

"Bad moments don't make bad mommas." - Lysa TerKeurst

"Bad thoughts quickly ripen into bad actions." - Beilby Porteus

"Bad times don't last, bad guys do." - Scott Hall

"Bad husbands will make bad wives." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"A bad ending follows a bad beginning." - Euripides

"The true athlete should have character, not be a character" - John Wooden

"Adversity builds character and character takes you places money can't." - Ti

"The character of a generation is moulded by personal character." - Brooke Westcott

"Character is ethics in action." - Michael Josephson

"Have character, don't be one." - Don Meyer

"Character demonstrates itself in trifles." - Louise Imogen Guiney

"Character is the best security." - Margaret Ayer Barnes

"Character makes its own destiny." - Rosa Campbell Praed

"plot is character in action." - Maren Elwood

"Character teaches above our wills." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Your character is your fate." - Maya Plisetskaya

"Will is character in action." - William McDougall

"Every uniform corrupts one's character." - Max Frisch

"Character is perfectly educated will." - Novalis

"Your character is your destiny." - Eugene Sullivan

"You don't become the character" - Peter Fonda



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