A strong reputation is like a good bonfire. When you have one kindled it's easy to keep the flame burning, even if someone comes along and tries to piss on it. But if you fall asleep and neglect it...You'll wake up with ashes.— Zachary Taylor
Provocative Good Reputation quotations
The basis on which good repute in any highly organized industrial community ultimately rests is pecuniary strength; and the means of showing pecuniary strength, and so of gaining or retaining a good name, are leisure and a conspicuous consumption of goods.
Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.
It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation;
for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
A good reputation for yourself and your company is an invaluable asset not reflected in the balance sheets.
A good reputation is measured by how much you can improve the lives of others.
The love of a mother is never exhausted.
It never changes - it never tires - it endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute. In the face of the world's condemnation, a mother's love still lives on.
"What place would you advise me to visit now?" he asked.
"The planet Earth," replied the geographer. "It has a good reputation."
It is the duty of every one to strive to gain and deserve a good reputation.
I consider a good reputation is a great part of the human happiness.
Some people, if they are very, very rich can permit themselves certain negligence to their reputations.
Wisdom is better than silver and gold
It was considered the most dangerous route in the Hills, but as my reputation as a rider and quick shot was well known, I was molested very little, for the toll gatherers looked on me as being a good fellow, and they knew that I never missed my mark.
Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of - for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.
I have a good idea every two years. Give me a topic, I will give you the idea! [Reputed to have been a remark made to the head of his department at Caltech.]
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
It is generally much more shameful to lose a good reputation than never to have acquired it.
Referrals are very powerful. When I refer you, I give a little bit of my reputation away. If you do a good job, my friend that hired you is pleased. But if you do a bad job, that reflects badly on me. People forget that.
Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
A good neighbor sometimes cuts your morning up to mince-meat of the very smallest talk, then helps to sugar her bohea at night with your reputation.
Drunkenness was in good repute in England till "Bloody Mary" frowned upon it;
it remained popular in Germany. The French drank more stably, not being quite so cold.
It's a spiritual malnutrition tied to a moral constipation, where people have a sense of what's right and what's good. It's just stuck, and they can't get it out because there's too much greed. There's too much obsession with reputation and addiction to narrow conceptions of success.
I've lost a lot. I've lost money, and my reputation has taken a hit for taking the high road to protect my dignity, to protect children, and for other good causes. But I don't think there's ever too steep a price for doing the right thing.
Your brand name is only as good as your reputation
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
Laugh at a bad reputation. Fear a good one that you could not sustain.
Chicago is known for good steaks, expensive stores and beautiful architecture.
Unfortunately, the Windy City also enjoys a reputation for corrupt politics, violent crime, and some of the strictest gun control laws anywhere in the country.
It's important to build a personal brand because it's the only thing you're going to have. Your reputation online, and in the new business world is pretty much the game, so you've got to be a good person. You can't hide anything, and more importantly, you've got to be out there at some level.
Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.
I think you'll make more money in the end with good ethics than bad.
Even though there are some people who do very well, like Marc Rich-who plainly has never had any decent ethics, or seldom anyway. But in the end, Warren Buffett has done better than Marc Rich-in money-not just in reputation.
Good name in man and woman is the immediate jewel of their souls.
The grand obstacle to the salvation of the scribes and Pharisees was their pride, vanity and self-love. They lived on each other's praise. If they had acknowledged Christ as the only good teacher, they must have given up the good opinion of the multitude; and they chose rather to lose their souls than to forfeit their reputation among men!
I am not a socialite, though I seem to have got the reputation for being one.
I have some very good friends who happen to be in so-called Society; but Society as such is a bore and holds no fascination for me.
Promptitude is not only a duty, but is also a part of good manners;
it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness; a little attention and energy will form the habit, so as to make it easy and delightful.