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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.

   

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