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Reputation quotes and quotations

There are two modes of establishing our reputation: to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
Charles Caleb Colton

The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him, and pigmy in its proportions when it follows.
Alexandre De Talleyrand-périgord

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

The two most precious things this side of the grave are our reputation and our life. But it is to be lamented that the most contemptible whisper may deprive us of the one, and the weakest weapon of the other.
Charles Caleb Colton

One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
Oscar Wilde

A good reputation is more valuable than money.
Publilius Syrus

It is a maxim to me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.
Richard Bentley

Let no one honour me with tears, or bury me with lamentation. Why? Because I fly hither and thither, living in the mouths of me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A lost good name is ne'er retriev'd.
John Gay

Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Reputation is but a synonyme of popularity: dependent on suffrage, to be increased or diminished at the will of the voters.
Mrs. Anna Jameson

Reputations, like beavers and cloaks, shall last some people twice the time of others.
Douglas Jerrold

How many worthy men have we seen survive their own reputations!
Michael Eyquen de Montaigne

Thy deathbed is no lesser than thy land, Wherein thou liest in reputation sick; And thou, too careless patient as thou art, Committ'st thy anointed body to the cure Of those physicians that first wounded thee.
William Shakespeare

For a strolling damsel a doubtful reputation bears.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To be pointed out with the finger.
Persius

In various talk th' instructive hours they past, Who gave the ball, or paid the visit last; One speaks the glory of the British queen, And one describes a charming Indian screen; A third interprets motions, looks, and eyes; At every word a reputation dies.
Alexander Pope

The worst of me is known, and I can say that I am better than the reputation I bear.
Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller


I have offended reputation, A most unnoble swerving.
William Shakespeare

I consider him of no account who esteems himself just as the popular breath may chance to raise him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

And reputation bleeds in ev'ry word.
Charles Churchill

To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless.
Cicero

No book was ever written down by any but itself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Should envious tongues some malice frame; to soil and tarnish your good name; Live it Down!
Henry Rink

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

A good name, like good will, is go t by many actions and lost by one.
Francis Jeffery

That man is thought a dangerous knave, Or zealot plotting crime, Who for advancement of his kind Is wiser than his time.
Douglas Jerrold

I wrote the story myself. It's all about a girl who lost her reputation but never missed it.
Mae West

It is easier for a woman to defend her virtue against men than her reputation against women.
Author Unknown

I see my reputation is at stake; My fame is shrewdly gored.
William Shakespeare

Convey a libel in a frown. And wink a reputation down!
Jonathan Swift

Better to die than to live on with a bad reputation.
Vietnamese Proverb

Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.
Margaret Mitchell

Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.
St. Evermond

It is generally much more shameful to lose a good reputation than never to have acquired it.
Pliny The Elder

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
John Wooden

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

A doctor's reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care.
George Bernard Shaw

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

If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance.
William Shakespeare

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
Henry Ford

Propriety was a rigid master, but one that must be obeyed if one wanted to keep a sterling reputation.
Lawana Blackwell

A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one.
Lord Jeffery

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.
Mencius

My dear dear lord, The purest treasure mortal times afford Is spotless reputation. That away, Man are but gilded loam or painted clay.
William Shakespeare

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

When a door opens not to your knock, consider your reputation.
Arabian Proverb

O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation, Iago, my reputation!
William Shakespeare

Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never mended well.
Benjamin Franklin

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
Isaac Asimov