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You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.

Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist.

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

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.

The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket; a very few names may be considered as perpetual lamps that shine unconsumed.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

For God's sake (I never was more serious) don't make me ridiculous any more by terming me gentle-hearted in print... substitute drunken dog, ragged head, seld-shaven, odd-eyed, stuttering, or any other epithet which truly and properly belongs to the gentleman in question.

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) English essayist.


No man can understand why a woman shouldn't prefer a good reputation to a good time.

Helen Rowland (1875-1950) American journalist and humorist.

I am better than my reputation.

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) German dramatist, poet and historian.

Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I ha lost my reputation, I ha lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

My reputation grew with every failure.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

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

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens