quotations about 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, attributed, Golden Quotes
Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello
At ev'ry word a reputation dies.
ALEXANDER POPE, The Rape of the Lock
Who can know how much of his most inward life is made up of the thoughts he believes other men to have about him, until that fabric of opinion is threatened with ruin?
GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch
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, attributed, Incredible Quotations
Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.
MARGARET MITCHELL, Gone With the Wind
Reputation hangs a man.
ARIAS, attributed, Day's Collacon
Treat a man as if he had a fine reputation to protect, and he will usually endeavor to deserve it.
ORSON SCOTT CARD, Pathfinder
A good reputation is like the cypress; once cut, it never puts forth leaf again.
FRANCESCO GUICCIARDINI, attributed, Day's Collacon
A man can get a reputation from very small things.
SOPHOCLES, fragment, Inachus
He who worries about reputation,
Has a reputation to worry about.
EDWIN LEIBFREED, "The Song of the Soul"
There are two modes of establishing our reputation; to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
Reputations, like beavers and cloaks, shall last some people twice the time of others.
DOUGLAS JERROLD, Specimens of Jerrold's Wit
It's not who you know that matters--it's who knows you that's important. Personal branding builds up your reputation to the point where you have a presence even in your absence.
JAROD KINTZ, This Book is Not For Sale
Reputation is but a synonym of popularity: dependent on suffrage, to be increased or diminished at the will of the voters.
WASHINGTON ALLSTON, Memoirs and Essays
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello
How many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made!
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, SR., The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Lincoln's Own Stories
A man's reputation is not in his own keeping, but lies at the mercy of the profligacy of others. Calumny requires no proof. The throwing out [of] malicious imputations against any character leaves a stain, which no after-refutation can wipe out. To create an unfavourable impression, it is not necessary that certain things should be true, but that they have been said. The imagination is of so delicate a texture that even words wound it.
WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics
Reputation is an interpretation, more or less accurate, of character.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought