The Usefulness of a Good Reputation

Sunday, August 7, 2011 – The Usefulness of a Good Reputation

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

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

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

At ev’ry word a reputation dies. ~ Alexander Pope

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

Concealed talent brings no reputation. ~ Erasmus

Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week. ~ George Bernard Shaw

For a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush, we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows, just waiting. ~ Robert Benchley

Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing. ~ Paul Theroux

I don’t know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn’t. ~ Jules Renard

It ain’t often that a man’s reputation outlasts his money. ~ Josh Billings

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

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

Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will establish a reputation as an expert. ~ Laurence J. Peter

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

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

Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit. ~ James Russell Lowell

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. ~ Thomas Paine

Take from a man his reputation for probity, and the more shrewd and clever he is, the more hated and mistrusted he becomes. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

That incident ruined my reputation for ten years. Get one Beatle drunk and look what happens! ~ Harry Nilsson

There are two way of establishing a reputation, one to be praised by honest people and the other to be accused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the first one, because it will always be accompanied by the latter. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable. ~ Voltaire

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

I wrote the story myself. It’s about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it. ~ Mae West

We’d all like a reputation for generosity, and we’d all like to buy it cheap. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

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

Reputation is character minus what you’ve been caught doing. ~ Michael Iapoce

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. ~ Proverbs 22:1

When a man has once gained a Reputation not even with God’s help can he get rid of it. ~ Abraham Miller, Unmoral Maxims


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