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Reputation Quotes


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A fair reputation is a plant delicate in its nature, and by no means rapid in its growth. - It will not shoot up in a night, like the gourd of the prophet, but like that gourd, it may perish in a night.

A good name is properly that reputation of virtue which every man may challenge as his right and due in the opinion of others, till he has made forfeit of it by the viciousness of his actions.

A man's reputation is not in his own keeping, but lies at the mercy of the profligacy of others. - Calumny requires no proof.

A reputation for good judgment, fair dealing, truth, and rectitude, is itself a fortune.

A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.

Associate with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. See quote detail

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Garments that have once one rent in them are subject to be torn on every nail, and glasses that are once cracked are soon broken. - Such is man's good name when once tainted with just reproach.

Good will, like a good name, is got by many actions, and lost by one.

He that tears away a man's good name tears his flesh from his bones, and by letting him live gives him only a cruel opportunity of feeling his misery, of burying his better part and surviving himself.

In all the affairs of this world, so much reputation is, in reality, so much power.

My name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, to foreign nations, and to the next age.

Nothing is so uncertain as general reputation. - A man injures me from humor, passion, or interest; hates me because he has injured me; and speaks ill of me because he hates me.

O! reputation, dearer far than life, thou precious balsam, lovely, sweet of smell, whose cordial drops once spilt by some rash hand, not all thy owner's care, nor the repenting toil of the rude spiller, ever can collect to its first purity and native sweetness.

Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of - for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again.

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.

Reputation is but the synonym of popularity; dependent on suffrage, to be increased or diminished at the will of the voters.

Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue. - We have seen a thousand people esteemed, either for the merit they had not yet attained or for what they no longer possessed.

Reputation is sometimes as wide as the horizon, when character is but the point of a needle. - Character is what one really is; reputation what others believe him to be.

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.


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