Reputation Quotes

Most popular reputation quotes

No nation respects a beggar.
At every word a reputation dies.
Reputation is the road to power.
A good reputation is better than fame.
No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
Reputation is commonly measur'd by the Acre.


Life is for one generation; a good name is forever.
— Japanese proverb

Japanese proverbs proverbs

Goodwill is earned by many acts; it can be lost by one.
Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.
Who has the fame to be an early riser may sleep till noon.
To have lost your reputation is to be dead among the living.
I can ruin my reputation in five minutes; I don't need help.
Reputation is character minus what you've been caught doing.


What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.
A man may write himself out of reputation when nobody else can do it.
It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation.
Character is made by what you stand for;reputation by what you fall for.
The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket.
Reputation is a bubble which a man bursts when he tries to blow it for himself.
Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.


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

Japanese proverbs proverbs

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
Either a good or a bad reputation outruns and gels before people wherever they go.
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

biblical proverbs

I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.
Every man values himself more than all other men, but he always values others' opinion of him more than his own.
Never risk your reputation on a single trial, because if it does not turn out well, the damage will be irreparable.


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

There are times when there is nothing more humiliating in life than the knowledge of being inferior to one's reputation.
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.


Nothing is so delicate as the reputation of a woman; it is at once the most beautiful and most brittle of all human things.
Perhaps the most valuable of all human possessions, next to an aloof and sniffish air, is the reputation of being well-to-do.
It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to lose it. If you think about that, you will do things differently.


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.
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.


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.

judgment principles

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.