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REPUTATION
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A man's reputation draws eyes upon him that will narrowly inspect every part of him.
      - Joseph Addison

Time never fails to bring every exalted reputation to a strict scrutiny.
      - Fisher Ames

It is the duty of every one to strive to gain and deserve a good reputation.
      - Francis Atterbury

"A good name is like precious ointment"; it filleth all round about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers.
      - Francis Bacon

What patient can trust the knowledge of a physician without reputation or furniture, in a period when publicity is all-powerful and when the government gilds the lamp posts on the Place de la Concorde in order to dazzle the poor?
      - Honore de Balzac

A reputation for good judgment, for fair dealing, for truth, and for rectitude, is itself a fortune.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

It is a maxim to me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.
      - Richard Bentley,
        in Monk's "Life of Bentley", vol. I, ch. VI

A reputation for a thousand years may depend upon the conduct of a single moment.
      - Ernest Bramah

People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think.
      - George Carlin

A good name is better than bags of gold.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

The reputation of a woman may also be compared to a mirror of crystal, shining and bright, but liable to be sullied by every breath that comes near it.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

And reputation bleeds in ev'ry word.
      - Charles Churchill, Apology

To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless.
  [Lat., Negligere quid de se quisque sentiat, non solum arrogantis est, sed etiam omnino dissoluti.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Officiis (1, 28)

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

An honest reputation is within the reach of all men; they obtain it by social virtues, and by doing their duty. This kind of reputation, it is true, is neither brilliant nor startling, but it is often the most useful for happiness.
      - Charles Pineau Duclos

No book was ever written down by any but itself.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Spiritual Laws

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.
  [Lat., Nemo me lacrymis decoret, nec funera fletu.
    Faxit cur? Volito vivu' per ora virum.]
      - attributed to Quintus Ennius,
        quoted by Cicero "Tusc. Quoest.", 15, 34, latter part said to be in Ennius' "Epitaph"

Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue. We have seen a thousand people esteemed, either for the merit they had not yet attained or for that they no longer possessed.
      - Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis de Saint-Evremond

You don't build a reputation on what you're going to do.
      - Henry Ford

A lost good name is ne'er retriev'd.
      - John Gay,
        Fables--The Fox at the Point of Death
         (l. 46)

For a strolling damsel a doubtful reputation bears.
  [Ger., Denn ein wanderndes Madchen ist immer von schwankendem Rufe.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Hermann und Dorothea (VII, 93)

I consider him of no account who esteems himself just as the popular breath may chance to raise him.
  [Ger., Ich halte nichts von dem, der von sich denkt
    Wie ihn das Volk vielleicht erheben mochte.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Iphigenia auf Tauris (II, 1, 140)

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

Garments that have once one rent in them are subject to be torn on every nail, and glasses that are once cracked are soon broken; such is man's good name once tainted with just reproach.
      - Joseph Hall

The great difficulty is first to win a reputation; the next to keep it while you live; and the next to preserve it after you die, when affection and interest are over, and nothing but sterling excellence can preserve your name.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon


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