Reputation Quotes

Most popular reputation quotes

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

character

The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.
— Japanese proverb

Japanese proverbs proverbs

Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. - Elbert Hubbard quote.
Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.

character

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. - Socrates quote.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
Life is for one generation; a good name is forever.
— Japanese proverb

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What people say behind your back is your standing in the community. - E. W. Howe quote.
What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.
A good reputation is better than fame.
Reputation is character minus what you've been caught doing.
Michael Iapoce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Boardroom

character

To have lost your reputation is to be dead among the living.
Goodwill is earned by many acts; it can be lost by one.
A man's judgment is best when he can forget himself and any reputation he may have acquired and can concentrate wholly on making the right decisions.

principles judgment

It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to lose it. If you think about that, you will do things differently. - Warren Buffett quote.
It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to lose it. If you think about that, you will do things differently.

business

Who has the fame to be an early riser may sleep till noon.
Character is made by what you stand for;reputation by what you fall for.
It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation. - Friedrich Nietzsche quote.
It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation.
Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising. - Cyril Connolly quote.
Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.
Either a good or a bad reputation outruns and gels before people wherever they go. - Lord Chesterfield quote.
Either a good or a bad reputation outruns and gels before people wherever they go.
Every man values himself more than all other men, but he always values others' opinion of him more than his own. - Marcus Aurelius quote.
Every man values himself more than all other men, but he always values others' opinion of him more than his own.
No man is rich enough to buy back his past. - Oscar Wilde quote.
No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval — a thing which, to the general run of the race, is more dreaded than wounds and death. - Mark Twain quote.
Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval — a thing which, to the general run of the race, is more dreaded than wounds and death.
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

proverbs biblical

Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is. - Margaret Mitchell quote.
Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.
I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. - William Shakespeare quote.
I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.
There are times when there is nothing more humiliating in life than the knowledge of being inferior to one's reputation.
No nation respects a beggar.
I can ruin my reputation in five minutes; I don't need help. - Martha Graham quote.
I can ruin my reputation in five minutes; I don't need help.
If one's reputation is a possession, then of all my possessions, my reputation means most to me.  Nothing comes even close to it in importance. - Arthur Ashe quote.
If one's reputation is a possession, then of all my possessions, my reputation means most to me.  Nothing comes even close to it in importance.

possessions

Reputation is the road to power. - Jeremy Bentham quote.
Reputation is the road to power.
Jeremy Bentham An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation
Nothing is so delicate as the reputation of a woman; it is at once the most beautiful and most brittle of all human things. - Fanny Burney quote.
Nothing is so delicate as the reputation of a woman; it is at once the most beautiful and most brittle of all human things.
Reputation is a bubble which a man bursts when he tries to blow it for himself.
The reputation of a woman may also be compared to a mirror of crystal, shining and bright, but liable to be sullied by every breath that comes near it. - Cervantes quote.
The reputation of a woman may also be compared to a mirror of crystal, shining and bright, but liable to be sullied by every breath that comes near it.
The easiest way to get a reputation is to go outside the fold, shout around for a few years as a violent atheist or a dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the shelter. - F. Scott Fitzgerald quote.
The easiest way to get a reputation is to go outside the fold, shout around for a few years as a violent atheist or a dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the shelter.
Reputation is commonly measur'd by the Acre. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Reputation is commonly measur'd by the Acre.

proverbs

Never risk your reputation on a single trial, because if it does not turn out well, the damage will be irreparable. - Baltasar Gracian quote.
Never risk your reputation on a single trial, because if it does not turn out well, the damage will be irreparable.

risk-taking

The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket. - Samuel Johnson quote.
The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket.
Perhaps the most valuable of all human possessions, next to an aloof and sniffish air, is the reputation of being well-to-do. - H. L. Mencken quote.
Perhaps the most valuable of all human possessions, next to an aloof and sniffish air, is the reputation of being well-to-do.
A man may write himself out of reputation when nobody else can do it. - Thomas Paine quote.
A man may write himself out of reputation when nobody else can do it.
At every word a reputation dies. - Alexander Pope quote.
At every word a reputation dies.
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving. - William Shakespeare quote.
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. - George Washington quote.
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

bad company