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REPUTATION
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[ Also see Ambition Applause Calumny Character Consistency Credit Detraction Disgrace Fame Glory Good Will Gossip Greatness Honor Names Popularity Rumor Scandal Slander ]

Thy credit wary keep, 'tis quickly gone;
  Being got by many actions, lost by one.
      - Thomas Randolph

Faithfully guard your reputation.
      - Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild

Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word.
      - Joseph Roux

The world knows the worst of me, and I can say that I am better than my fame.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

The worst of me is known, and I can say that I am better than the reputation I bear.
  [Ger., Das Aergste weiss die Welt von mir, und ich
    Kann sagen, ich bin besser als mein Ruf.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Marie Stuart (III, 4, 208)

O, reputation! dearer far than life,
  Thou precious balsam, lovely, sweet of smell,
    Whose cordial drops once spilt by some rash hand,
      Not all the owner's care, nor the repenting toil
        Of the rude spiller, ever can collect
          To its first purity and native sweetness.
      - Dr. George Sewell

But he that filches from me my good name
  Robs me of that which not enriches him
    And makes me poor indeed.
      - William Shakespeare

Die two months ago, and not forgotten yet? Then there's hope a great man's memory may outlive his life half a year.
      - William Shakespeare

I would thou and I knew where a commodity of good names were to be bought.
      - William Shakespeare

You have lost no reputation at all, unless you repute yourself such a loser.
      - William Shakespeare

I have offended reputation,
  A most unnoble swerving.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Antony at III, xi)

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,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Cassio at II, iii)

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit and lost without deserving.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Iago at II, iii)

I see my reputation is at stake;
  My fame is shrewdly gored.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Achilles at III, iii)

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,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Mowbray at I, i)

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,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Gaunt at II, i)

If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Our names are labels, plainly printed on the bottled essence of our past behavior.
      - Logan Pearsall Smith

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
      - Socrates

A good name is properly that reputation of virtue that every man may challenge as his right and due in the opinions of others, till he has made forfeit of it by the viciousness of his actions.
      - Bishop Robert South

He that tears away a man's good name tears his flesh from his bones, and, by letting him live, gives him only a cruel opportunity of feeling his misery, of burying his better part, and surviving himself.
      - Bishop Robert South

There are few persons of greater worth than their reputation; but how many are there whose worth is far short of their reputation!
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

There is nothing more necessary to establish reputation than to suspend the enjoyment of it. He that cannot bear the sense of merit with silence must of necessity destroy it; for fame being the genial mistress of mankind, whoever gives it to himself insults all to whom he relates any circumstance to his own advantage.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Convey a libel in a frown.
  And wink a reputation down!
      - Jonathan Swift, Journal of a Modern Lady
         (l. 185)

Gain at the expense of reputation is manifest loss.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)


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