Reputation

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation... can never effect a reform.

False modesty is the masterpiece of vanity: showing the vain man in such an illusory light that he appears in the reputation of the virtue quite opposite to the vice which constitutes his real character; it is a deceit.

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

You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.

There are three kinds of silence. Silence from words is good, because inordinate speaking tends to evil. Silence, or rest from desires and passions is still better, because it promotes quietness of spirit. But the best of all is silence from unnecessary and wandering thoughts, because that is essential to internal recollection, and because it lays a foundation for a proper reputation and for silence in other respects.

The great difficulty is first to win a reputation; the next to keep it while you live; and the next to preserve it after you die, when affection and interest are over, and nothing but sterling excellence can preserve your name.

Character lives in a man, reputation outside of him.

Nothing 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.

The only time you have a reputation is when you're not living up to it.

A man’s Self is the sum-total of all that he can call his, not only his body, and his psychic powers, but this clothes and his house, his wife and children, his ancestors and friends, his reputation and works, his land and horse and yacht and bank account.

Success produces confidence, confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins that reputation which accuracy had raised.

It is a wretched thing to lean on the reputation of others, lest the pillars being withdrawn the roof should fall in ruins.

War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.

Reputation is a jewel which nothing can replace; it is ten thousand times more valuable capital than your diamonds.

One may be better than his reputation, but never better than his principles.

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

A just person knows how to secure his own reputation without blemishing another’s by exposing his faults.

When a man has once forfeited the reputation of his integrity, he is set fast, and nothing will then serve his turn, neither truth nor falsehood.

Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what you fall for.

Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you're free to live. You no longer care about your reputation. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically - to promote a cause you believe in.