Your source material is the people you know, not those you don't know, [but] every character is an extension of the author's own personality.
Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within the hearsay of little children tends towards the formation of character.
Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement; and if a story is told of more than common interest, ennui is sure to have its joy in adding embellishments. If hours did not hang heavy, what would become of scandal?
Baseball reveals character; golf exposes it.
Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
A character is never the author who created him. It is quite likely, however, that an author may be all his characters simultaneously.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
One afternoon in early January, the weather showed a lack of character. There was no frost nor wind: the trees in the garden did not stir.
Don't regard my characters as symbols of a determined society. See them as something that sparks a reaction within you so that they become a personal experience. The critic is a spectator and an artist insofar as he transforms the work into a personal thing of his own.
My characters are ambiguous. Call them that. I don't mind. I am ambiguous myself. Who isn't?
Is it important to show why a character is what he is? No. He is. That's all.
Roughing it builds a boy's character, but only certain kinds of roughing it.
Like 'real', 'free' is only used to rule out the suggestion of some or all of its recognized antitheses. As 'truth' is not a name of a characteristic of assertions, so 'freedom' is not a name for a characteristic of actions, but the name of a dimension in which actions are assessed.