Reputation quotes

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

- Voltaire

When we exercise self-control on a given occasion, we win for ourselves a little credibility we can rely on the next time around. Pretty soon we develop a reputation to ourselves that we want badly to uphold. With each test that we meet, our resolve gains momentum, fueled by the fear that we may succumb and establish a damaging precedent for our own weakness.

- Daniel Akst

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.

- Buffett, Warren

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

- Lawana Blackwell

The slanderer and the assassin differ only in the weapon they use; with the one it is the dagger, with the other the tongue. The former is worse that the latter, for the last only kills the body, while the other murders the reputation.

- Tyron Edwards

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.


A man's reputation is what other people think of him; his character is what he really is.

- Jack Miner

A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.

- Beecher, Henry Ward

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.

- Henry Kissinger

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

A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.

- Jeff Bezos

Open your mouth and purse cautiously; and your stock of wealth and reputation shall, at least in repute, be great.

- Johann Georg Zimmermann

To have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact, talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you.

- Wilde, Oscar

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

- Benjamin Franklin

How many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made!

- Holmes, Oliver Wendell

Until you lose your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.

- Margaret Mitchell

Property left to a child may soon be lost; but the inheritance of virtue--a good name an unblemished reputation--will abide forever. If those who are toiling for wealth to leave their children, would but take half the pains to secure for them virtuous habits, how much more serviceable would they be. The largest property may be wrested from a child, but virtue will stand by him to the last.

- William Graham Sumner

Conscience and reputation are two things. Conscience is due to yourself, reputation to your neighbour.

- Saint Augustine

If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.

- D. L. Moody

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.

- Kennedy, John F.

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