We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
--thanks y'all --yes, Aeschylus left some great --well, sayings, i guess --not sure of concise defs of aphorism, or epigram, axiom, and the other similars. When you hear of Greek Tragedy, it will be most likely just three, whose plays were noted and also survived to today. Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Their tragedies weren't in the events but rather in the characters --that their feeling of being shaped by events is in itself what shapes the events.
I wonder if by character Freud meant something along the lines of: The complex of mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person, group, or nation (M-W).
Given this definition and no other context for evaluation, I don't see bias favoring nature, nurture or free-moral agency in his assertion. Rather, he merely seems to be asserting character as a guarantor of specific behavioral responses to environmental stimuli. The trajectory of a person's life could then, in theory, be extrapolated from their character driven choices.
I would re-frame his aphorism by saying that character determines behavior and behavior has consistent and far reaching consequences.