Reputation Quotes

Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.

Saint Francis de Sales

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

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.

Thomas Paine

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

Time goes by, reputation increases, ability declines.

Dag Hammarskjold

Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.

Nathaniel Branden

It is a sign that your reputation is small and sinking if your own tongue must praise you.

Matthew Hale

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.

George Bernard Shaw

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

Margaret Mitchell

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

Pliny the Elder

Let’s face it: I’ve got a bit of a reputation.

Boy George