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We sometimes speak of winning reputation as though that were the final goal. The truth is contrary to this. Reputation is a reward, to be sure, but it is really the beginning, not the end of endeavor. It should not be the signal for a let-down, but rather, a reminder that the standards which won recognition can never again be lowered. From him who gives much - much is forever after expected.
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. A wise man, therefore, will be more anxious to deserve a fair name than to possess it, and this will teach him so to live as not to be afraid to die.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
The only things in which we can be said to have any property are our actions. Our thoughts may be bad, yet produce no poison; they may be good, yet produce no fruit. Our riches may be taken away by misfortune, our reputation by malice, our spirits by calamity, our health by disease, our friends by death. But our actions must follow us beyond the grave; with respect to them alone, we cannot say that we shall carry nothing with us when we die, neither that we shall go naked out of the world.
Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.
—  Liz Smith
How many valiant men we have seen to survive their own reputation!
Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
The ethics of excellence require a sense of perspective. Look at the big picture. If you live for the moment, do you mortgage the future? What happens if you put your reputation at risk ... and lose the bet?
Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Until you lose your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.
The Advantage is that mathematics is a field in which one's blunders tend to show very clearly and can be corrected or erased with a stroke of the pencil. It is a field which has often been compared with chess, but differs from the latter in that it is only one's best moments that count and not one's worst. A single inattention may lose a chess game, whereas a single successful approach to a problem, among many which have been relegated to the wastebasket, will make a mathematician's reputation.
Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
It is a maxim with me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.
For a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush, we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows, just waiting.
Character is the foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character. Without character, all effort to attain dignity is superficial, and results are sure to be disappointing.
Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never mended well.
Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations ... can never effect a reform.
You can't build a reputation on what you intend to do.
—  Liz Smith
Mathematics has the completely false reputation of yielding infallible conclusions. Its infallibility is nothing but identity. Two times two is not four, but it is just two times two, and that is what we call four for short. But four is nothing new at all. And thus it goes on and on in its conclusions, except that in the higher formulas the identity fades out of sight.
All the money in the world is no use to a man or his country if he spends it as fast as he makes it. All he has left is his bills and the reputation for being a fool.
I wrote the story myself. It's about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.
—  Mae West
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
Reputations are created every day and every minute.
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.
Reputation is in itself only a farthing candle, of a wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
When we deal with the name and reputation of another we deal with something sacred in the sight of the Lord.
Nothing inspires confidence in a business man sooner than punctuality, nor is there any habit which sooner saps his reputation than that of being always behind time.
—  W. Mathews
Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is; the tree is the real thing.

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