Joking in speech is like salt in food; if it is lacking or more than necessary, then it is disliked/reprehensible.
The example of the believer is like the pearl
The example of the believer is like the pearl; wherever it is [found], its beauty is with it (i.e. wherever he may be, his beautiful characteristics accompany him).
A smile and a welcoming face
To meet people with a smile and a welcoming face is indeed from the characteristics of Prophethood, and [something which] is contrary to pride and arrogance, and [instead] a cause for friendship and love.
Good character and minimal speech
Abul-Qaasim was of sound ‘aqeedah, good character, and minimal speech; [in fact] there was no-one of his time comparable to him.
Ahmad ibn Hanbal was extremely shy and modest, and of distinguished character, and liked [being] overly generous.
Good, upright and moral character
[From] good [upright & moral] character is to select [deeds of] virtue & abandon [deeds of] vice.
Characteristics of the people of faith
Praiseworthy characteristics are from beautiful actions, and good speech is [from] the characteristics of the people of faith.
The best perfume
The best perfume in this life is your [good] character; its fragrance remains [even] after your death.
Upright moral character
So is [what I heard about] this dream correct?And he replied: Yes, other than that I do not now remember whether he (as-Sa’dee) said ‘taqwaa of Allaah’ or ‘upright moral character’.
Due to their wicked character
If Allaah intends evil for the people [due to their wicked character], He opens for them [the door to] argumentation and denies them [righteous] action[s].