is what other people
know about you. Honor is what
you know about yourself.
is seeming; character is being. Reputation is
manufactured; character is grown. Reputation is your
photograph; there is a vast difference between character
and reputation. Reputation is what people think we
are; character is what God knows us to be.
Reputation is seeming; character is being.
Reputation is the breath of people; character is the
inbreathing of the eternal God. One may for a time
have a good reputation and a bad character, or the reverse
; but not for long. -Robert Stuart
Character is the
foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just
as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no
lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak
character. -R.C. Samsel
A person's judgment is
best when one can forget oneself and any reputation one may have acquired
and can concentrate wholly on making the right
decisions. -Raymond Spruance
To have integrity one
must be consistently honest and trustworthy in everything one does. . . .
When you have integrity, people know you will do what you know is right. .
. . It's knowing what you have to do without someone telling you to do it.
It is the core of a person's--and a
company's--reputation. -Dick Kovacevich
How happy the lot of the
mathematician. He or she is judged solely by one's peers, and the
standard is so high that no colleague or rival can ever win a reputation
that is not deserved. -W.H. Auden
The purest treasure mortal times
Is spotless reputation; that away,
Men are but gilded loam or painted clay.
A jewel in a ten-times-barr'd-up chest
Is a bold spirit in a loyal breast.
Mine honour is my life; both grow in one;
Take honour from me, and my life is done.
attributed to William Shakespeare
Cautious, careful people
always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards
never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing
to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and
privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas
and their advocates, and bear the consequences.
-Susan B. Anthony
lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or
what freedom really is. -Margaret Mitchell
It takes many good deeds to
build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose
it. -Benjamin Franklin
The only happy
author in this world is the one who is below the care of
reputation. -Washington Irving
reputations are so out of our control that it's laughable how much
time and effort so many of us put into trying to
"control" them. -Taite Adams, E-Go
enough courage, you can do without a reputation.
circumstances amid which you live determine your
reputation; the truth you believe determines your
Reputation is what you are supposed to be; character is
what you are.
Reputation is the photograph; character is the face.
Reputation comes over one from without; character grows up
Reputation is what you have when you come to a new
community; character is what you have when you go away.
Your reputation is learned in an hour; your character does
not come to light for a year.
Reputation is made in a moment; character is built in a
Reputation grows like a mushroom; character grows like the
A single newspaper report gives you your reputation; a
life of toil gives you your character.
Reputation makes you rich or makes you poor; character
makes you happy or makes you miserable.
Reputation is what people say about you on your tombstone;
character is what angels say about you before the throne
William Hersey Davis
once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always
keep their eyes on the spot where the crack
was. -Joseph Hall
you can dispense with reputation, then you are free from care.
Reputation is only a visitor, but reality is here to
stay. -Liezi, Lieh-tzu: A Taoist Guide
to Practical Living
more concerned with character than reputation. Character is what
you are, reputation is what people think you
are. -John Wooden
reputation is in the hands of others. That's what the
reputation is. You can't control that. The only thing
you can control is your character. -Wayne
If you want to
make progress, put up with being perceived as ignorant or naive in
worldly matters, don't aspire to a reputation for sagacity.
If you do impress others as somebody, don't altogether believe
it. You have to realize, it isn't easy to keep your will in
agreement with nature, as well as externals. Caring about
the one inevitably means you are going to shortchange the
other. -Epictetus, The Art of Living
you are worrying about reputation, you are taking time away from
doing the things that really matter. -Taite
If I take care
of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.
am an honest man, I thought you had received some bodily wound.
There is more sense in that than in reputation. Reputation is an
idle and most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost
-attributed to William
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. The way to a good
reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
is what others think of us; character is what God knows of us.
When you have spent what feels like eternity trying to repair a
few moments of time that destroyed the view others once had of you
then you must ask yourself if you have the problem or is it really
them? God doesn’t make us try so hard, only enemies do.
-Shannon L. Alder
sometimes speak of winning reputation as though that were the
final goal. The truth is contrary to this. Reputation
is a reward, to be sure, but it is really the beginning, not the
end of the endeavor. It should not be the signal for a
letdown, but rather, a reminder that the standards which won
recognition can never be lowered. From those who give
much--much is forever after expected. -Alvan
can't build a reputation on what you're going to
do. -Henry Ford
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