Ability and character quotes:

  • I look for the day...when the only criterion of excellence or position shall be the ability and character of the individual; and this time will come. -- Susan B. Anthony
  • Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly. -- Lawrence G. Lovasik
  • My only job as an actor is to try and understand the character and, to the best of my ability, bring this character to life. -- Patrick Warburton
  • I've always enjoyed teen characters, and kids as well. For whatever reason, I seem to have an ability to do it sort of well, and I enjoy doing it. -- Jeff Lemire
  • I think as a filmmaker and as a director, you shortchange yourself if you inhibit the ability of your actor to bring their own personal experiences to the characters. -- Joe Carnahan
  • Here was a man with loads of talent, loads of ability, lots of love to give; but that had been stifled and aborted. I became very fond of that character. -- Michael Zaslow
  • I love the idea of playing a character that didn't over think everything. He knows what's in front of him and he has an ability to just say whatever he felt. -- Jason Schwartzman
  • I desire to assist in attracting to this profession young men of character and ability, also to help those already engaged in the profession to acquire the highest moral and intellectual training. -- Joseph Pulitzer
  • And my father was a comic. He could play any musical instrument. He loved to perform. He was a wonderfully comedic character. He had the ability to dance and sing and charm and analyze poetry. -- Lynn Johnston
  • I think that's what I love about writing, is the ability to try to, in a sense, take a vacation from yourself and try to enter the sensibility of another time, another character, another place. -- Ron Rash
  • As for most writers, language is vital for me: a writer's ability to render a fictional world - characters, landscape, emotions - into something original that alters or deepens my understanding of both literature and life. -- Dinaw Mengestu
  • Every little thing that people know about you as a person impedes your ability to achieve that kind of terrific suspension of disbelief that happens when an audience goes with an actor and character he's playing. -- Edward Norton
  • Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him. -- Mel Brooks
  • I enjoy working on a series and having a long stretch of time to get to know and connect with my cast and crew. It also gives me the ability to play a character over the span of countless hours of television. -- Sasha Roiz
  • I was given the ability to create stories and characters. That's my part of the long chain of writers, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, and a host of others who eventually deliver literature to the world. I want to do for others what Eudora Welty did for me. -- Karl Marlantes
  • The main thing is the ability to control your instrument, which, in the actor, is yourself. Look the way you want the character to look. Sound the way you want the character to sound. Once you've trained the instrument to do what you want, you're in control, and you're free. -- Geraldine Page
  • I think from the time I was a kid I've been an entertainer. I've always had the ability to play characters. When I came to California, I was overwhelmed that you could do this and get paid for it, make a living on it, and be creative within this art form. -- Matt Schulze
  • I come to writing from hearing great stories as a child in Louisiana, where the mark of a person was his or her ability to be a raconteur. I also come to writing as a professional actress whose body has been trained to listen and smell and inhabit characters without judgment. -- Rebecca Wells
  • Finally, after a lot of searching and digging, it was simply the love of family that gave me a road into the character. Once I got into that, and we delved into what it would be like to survive cancer and the ability to see how precious life is, it became easier to play her. -- Jeanne Tripplehorn
  • The ability to stretch my range into all genres and characters is something I take great pleasure in doing. I thoroughly enjoy it. I consider myself a character actor, though some think of me as a leading man. As an actor, I love shifting gears from character to character, and the more range I can expand, the better. -- Brian Tee
  • Aquaman has the ability to be a huge character, and I think we really brought him to a new level in comic books, and I'm hoping that new level continues to everything that is DC Entertainment. Certainly, that's the goal. He's one of our most recognizable and most important characters, and it's going to continue to stay that way. -- Geoff Johns
  • Our ability to handle life's challenges is a measure of our strength of character. -- Les Brown
  • Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed. -- Cavett Robert
  • Rise to the challenges that life presents you. You can't develop genuine character and ability by sidestepping adversity and struggle. -- Daisaku Ikeda
  • Rather a man with 50 per cent ability and 100 per cent character than a man with 100 per cent ability and 50 per cent character. -- Henry John Heinz
  • Freedom is not the ability to do whatever you want. Freedom is the strength of character to do what is good, true, noble, and right. -- Matthew Kelly
  • The keys to success, in business and in life, are truthfulness, the ability to take and give, honest and well-intended feedback, strength of character and conviction in one's principles -- Robert Kiyosaki
  • First character, then ability. -- Shinichi Suzuki
  • The test of character is having the ability to meet challenges. -- Walter Annenberg
  • Look for players with character and ability. But remember, character comes first. -- Joe Gibbs
  • Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. -- Stevie Wonder
  • You hope to see an arc of growth in your ability to become a character on television. -- Marc Maron
  • In my opinion, character is the most important determinant of a person's success, achievement and ability to handle adversity. -- Tom Landry
  • Acting is different from stand-up. It gives you this ability to enter into another character, to create another person. -- Robin Williams
  • Character is the ability to follow through on a resolution long after the emotion with which it was made has passed. -- Brian Tracy
  • It is simply not consistent with either my character or my confidence in my God-given athletic ability to cheat in any way. -- Justin Gatlin
  • The wise have a solid sense of silence and the ability to keep a storehouse of secrets. Their capacity and character are respected. -- Baltasar Gracian
  • When it comes to building character, wealth, good looks, athletic ability and even a high IQ are more likely to be impediments than advantages. -- Michael Josephson
  • Conceit is a fog that envelops a man's real character beyond his own recognition. It weakens his native ability and strengthens all his inconsistencies . -- Napoleon Hill
  • The core of character lies in each individual story person's ability to care about something; to feel implicitly or explicitly that something is important. -- Dwight V. Swain
  • Talent doesn't win. Hard work, determination, and character wins. If you root your talent and ability in those things, then you have a powerful combination. -- Erwin McManus
  • The time will come when the Negro in the South will be accorded all the political rights which his ability, character, and material possessions entitle him to. -- Booker T. Washington
  • For me, one of the most important things I look for in an actor is whether we can converse. Do we have a similar ability to discuss a character? -- Jennifer Lynch
  • I do not say that all men are equal in their ability, character and motivation. I do say that every American should be given a fair chance to develop all the talents they may have. -- John F. Kennedy