Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Good deed's like pissing yourself in dark pants. Warm feeling, but no one notices.
—Jacob, Mass Effect 2
Everyone tries to define this thing called Character. It's not hard. Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking.
—J .C. Watts
History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.
—Lord John Whorfin
The measure of a manís real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
—Thomas Babington Macaulay
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids.
Someone who is nice to you but rude to their waiter is not a nice person.
Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
"How do you know the Chosen Ones? No greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his brother. Not for millions. Not for glory, not for fame.... For one person. In the dark. Where no one will ever know or see."
— Sebastian, Babylon 5
Now listen, all of you, for all we know that's a brand new life-form over there, and if it's come inside to discover us, then what's it found? This little bunch of humans. What do you amount to? Murder? 'Cause this is where you decide, you decide who you ARE. Could you actually murder her? Or are you better than that?
— The Doctor, Doctor Who, "Midnight"
Principles only matter if you stick to them when it's inconvenient.
— Sen. Laine Billings Hanson, The Contender
Billis: Sir, with regret, I'm going to have to lower my gun.
Billis: She is a crying, unarmed, female civilian. I'm thinking of the visual.
Droxil: Nobody's looking!
Billis: Doesn't mean there's no visual.
— Doctor Who, "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"
Integrity means doing what's right, even if nobody is looking.
— Rainman, The Whiteboard
Hey, I think I finally came up with an answer to your question—The one about "Soul"? You know at the end of the day, when you close the door and you're all alone... and you strip off your armor and lower your guard and peel away the mask... When there's nobody watching and nothing to hide... and you no longer need to be strong or clever or pretty or brave... There's just YOU. That's IT. That's the soul.
— Barbara, Batgirl2000, issue 45
I spend a lot of time moving around people's homes, their bedrooms. You get to know people if you see them when they think they're alone. You see them for what they truly are: selfish, deceitful... and gassy.
— Claude, Heroes
Mbizi: (Referring to an Arms Dealer Agent Valentine has been chasing for a decade and who has just gotten away with it again) Let me make him disappear, Mr. Valentine. Around here people disappear all the time.
Valentine: I can't do that.
Mbizi: (Gestures to the empty African countryside) Look where we are. Who will know?
Valentine: We will. (Mbizi hesitates, then reluctantly moves his machete away from the Arms Dealer's neck)
Maester Aemon: We all do our duty when there's no cost to it. Honor comes easy then. But sooner or later, in every man's life, there comes a day when it is not easy. A day when he must choose.