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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #33 --- Character & Reputation

Updated on March 7, 2011

Quotations on Character & Reputation

Reputation is unimportant, character is everything. Reputation is the world's estimate, is often wrong, and changes in a day. Character is your real self, knows no change except as you make it, surmounts all obstacles, and conquers the opinion of the world. A good character is priceless, is far better than wealth and position. It is the "Open Sesame" to all the avenues of business. The timbers essential in building character are these: Honesty, energy, sobriety. Be honest at all times, at all places, and under all circumstances.

—George N. Aldredge, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, May 31, 1903.

A man's character is not his reputation, nor is it his characteristics. He may imitate a good man and yet down deep in his heart be crooked. Character is the hidden switch that turns the tide of action when we think no one knows and never will know.

—A.J. Gearheard, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., Oct. 24, 1920.

Reputation is but a symbol of character. Some men are more concerned about their reputation than their character. Only in the true man do the two words mean the same thing. When the inner life and the outward life coincide exactly, then the reputation of man and the man himself move with equal step and development.

—Isaac S. Hopkins, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 2, 1897.

Character is credit; integrity is the basis of character in the business world. You cannot overestimate the value of a good reputation. It will mean everything to you. It may make all the difference between success and failure. ...

It makes a tremendous difference to you whether you have the reputation of always doing exactly as you agree, whether your word is your bond or you must be tied to it by a cast iron agreement. Businessmen do not like to deal with anybody who has to be watched.

Everything we achieve depends on our self-confidence, and that is strengthened, buttressed or undermined by the faith or lack of faith of others in us.

Character is power, a mighty force. There is nothing in this world that speaks with such masterly authority. The man who lacks it cannot hope to win, or to retain among his fellow men a reputation worth having.

—Orison Swett Marden, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., March 1, 1919.

There is a great difference between character and reputation. Character is what a people are; reputation is what they are thought to be. Character is a people’s actual beliefs; reputation is what they are said to believe. Character is life at home; reputation is life in society. Character is a people’s actual worth; reputation is their public value. Character is solid and enduring; reputation may be temporary and fleeting. Character is always true; reputation may be false. A people may have a bad reputation and a good character, or a good reputation and a bad character.

—Reed Smoot, Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 11, 1910.

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

—Elbert Hubbard, quoted in Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 29, 1905.

The man who lets his character and reputation travel in opposite directions soon loses both.

—Zoe Powell Gibson, Nephi Times-News, Nephi, Utah, Oct. 25, 1956.

If you have built a character you need have no fear for your reputation.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 4, 1935.

Character is what you are in the home. Reputation is what men think you are as they see you in public life.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 26, 1922.

Character goes to the bone, while reputation goes no deeper than the skin.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 2, 1926.

Reputation is what others give us. Character is what we give ourselves.

—Charles Stelzle, New York Observer, New York, N.Y., April 18, 1907.

Character: Something that’s made by what you stand for.

Reputation: Something that’s made by what you fall for.

—Paul H. Gilbert, El Paso Times, El Paso, Texas, Jan. 3, 1957.

An ounce of character is worth a ton of reputation.

—Arthur Growden, The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., Oct. 5, 1927.

Character is what you are. Reputation is what you get caught at.

—Wesley S. Izzard, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Jan. 30, 1960.

Character is what we are–reputation is the part that shows.

—Lee R. Call, Star Valley Independent, Afton, Wyo., Aug. 25, 1966.

If one’s character is right, his reputation will take care of itself.

—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Sept. 2, 1949.

Reputation rides on the horse of appearance; character rides on the horse of reality.

—Merrill H. Eve, Wesleyan Young People's Journal, Syracuse, N.Y., August 1945.

Reputation is fixed by what people think of you, character by what you think of people.

—Robert Quillen, San Jose Evening News, San Jose, Calif., Aug. 26, 1930.

Character is built upon what people know about you, while reputation depends upon what they don't know.

—Bert Moses, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., March 27, 1941.

Character is what you are. Reputation is what your slogan says you are.

—Jack Haney, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., June 23, 1926.

Reputation is what people think you are. Character is what proves they are wrong.

—Jack Haney, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., Dec. 19, 1926.

The difference between character and reputation is the latter is what gossip uses to tear down the former.

—Jack Haney, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., June 18, 1927.

It is not wise to trust the judgment of the man who fears that his reputation is not equal to his character.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Jan. 17, 1909.

A man never improves his character by posing for a reputation.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 3, 1909.

The difference between character and reputation is that one depends on the heart and the other on the tongue.

Austin American, Austin, Texas, Nov. 12, 1923.


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    Sam Little 6 years ago from Wheelwright KY

    I enjoyed these greatly, thanks.