Reputation Quotes and Sayings

Live in such a way that if anyone should speak badly of you, no one would believe it.

It take years to build trust and reputation and a seconds to destroy it.

Submitted by: Orji C on July 24, 2012

Reputation is made in a moment. Character is built in a lifetime.

Submitted by: JR on March 10, 2010

The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously and have somebody find out.
Oscar Wilde

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln

The life you live is who you are, not what people say about you.

Submitted by: Amos Ibk on November 26, 2013

A man’s reputation is what other people think of him; his character is what he really is.


A good reputation is more valuable than money.
Publilius Syrus

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
Benjamin Franklin

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
John Wooden

Submitted by: jimik on January 29, 2012

You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.
Henry Ford

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

Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
Elbert Hubbard

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

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
William Shakespeare


One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything, except a good reputation.
Oscar Wilde

Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.
– Liz Smith

If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.
– Dwight Lyman Moody

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

My reputation grows with every failure.
George Bernard Shaw

I’m not a Facebook status. You don’t have to like me.

Submitted by: unknown on December 1, 2012

It is better to be alone than in bad company.
George Washington

A man can get a reputation from very small things.

A bad conscience is easier to cope with than a bad reputation.
Friedrich Nietzsche

People may have quite a number of opinions about you, some positive but mostly negative. Through these opinions of different genres your reputation could be stripped down. Don’t despair, your reputation could be in tatters but your character will stand firm. So, take time to built your character and leave it to the world to handle your reputation. Character comes first.

Submitted by: Faith Muriithi on October 17, 2016

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

Reputations, like beavers and cloaks, shall last some people twice the time of others.
– Douglas Jerrold

As a general rule, a reputation is built on manner as much as on achievement.
Joseph Conrad

Give a man a reputation as an early riser and he can sleep ’til noon.
Mark Twain

With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.
– Margaret Mitchell

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