An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.


Isaac Asimov (1920-1992, Russian-born American author)


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


Warren Buffett (1930-, American investment entrepreneur)


There are two way of establishing a reputation; one to be praised by honest people and the other to be accused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the first one, because it will always be accompanied by the latter.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Either a good or a bad reputation outruns and gets before people wherever they go.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


The two most precious things this side of the grave are our reputation and our life. But it is to be lamented that the most contemptible whisper may deprive us of the one, and the weakest weapon of the other.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


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.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


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


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


His reputation is what men say he is. That can be damaged; but reputation is for time, character is for eternity.


John B. Gough (1817-1886, British-born American temperance orator)


A remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good in spite of all the people who say he is very good.


Robert Graves (1895-1985, British poet, novelist)


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


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


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 (1574-1656, British clergyman, writer)


Time goes by, reputation increases, ability declines.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


He that has the name to be an early riser may sleep till noon.


James Howell


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, self-shaven, odd-eyed, stuttering, or any other epithet which truly and properly belongs to the gentleman in question.


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


We would all like a reputation for generosity and we'd all like to buy it cheap.


Mignon McLaughlin (1915-, American author, editor)


Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


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


Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949, American novelist)


It is generally much more shameful to lose a good reputation than never to have acquired it.


Pliny The Elder (c.23-79, Roman neophatonist)


I'd like people to think of me as someone who cares about them.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


A person's reputation is like his shadow-sometimes it follows and sometimes it precedes him; and sometimes it is smaller and sometimes it is bigger than him.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


The average person's ear weighs what you are, not what you were.


Francis Quarles (1592-1644, British poet)


Should envious tongues some malice frame; to soil and tarnish your good name; Live it Down!


Henry Rink


The Bible give us a list of human stories on both sides of the ledger. One list of human stories is used examples -- do what these people did. Another list of human stories is used as warnings -- don't do what these people did. So if your story ever gets in one of these books, make sure they use it as an example, not a warning.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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My reputation is a media creation.


John Lydon Rotten (1957-, British rock musician)


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


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


Reputations are made every day and every minute.


Christopher Ruel


I am better than my reputation.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


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


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


My reputation grew with every failure.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


It ain't often that a man's reputation outlasts his money.


Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885, American humorist)


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


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


A man's judgment is best when he can forget himself and any reputation he may have acquired and can concentrate wholly on making the right decisions.


Raymond Spruance (American navy admiral)


Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.


St. Evermond


One's reputation is like a shadow, it is gigantic when it precedes you, and a pigmy in proportion when it follows.


Charles Maurice De Talleyrand (1754-1838, French statesman)


The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him, and pigmy in its proportions when it follows.


Charles Maurice De Talleyrand (1754-1838, French statesman)


A good name is better than precious ointment.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 7:1


A good name is more desirable than great riches.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 22:1


It is easier for a woman to defend her virtue against men than her reputation against women.


Author Unknown


Nobody raises his own reputation by lowering others.


Author Unknown


Reputations will continue to be made by many acts and be lost by one.


Author Unknown


The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.


Author Unknown


Your women of honor, as you call em, are only chary of their reputations, not their persons; and 'Tis scandal that they would avoid, not men.


William Wycherley (1640-1716, British dramatist)


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