Reputation Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old reputation quotes, reputation sayings, and reputation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously and have somebody find out.     

Oscar Wilde

He who worries about reputation, has a reputation to worry about.     

Edwin Leibfreed

As a general rule, a reputation is built on manner as much as on achievement.     

Joseph Conrad

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

Margaret Mitchell

A man can get a reputation from very small things.     


Reputation is but a synonym of popularity: dependent on suffrage, to be increased or diminished at the will of the voters.     

Washington Allston

How many worthy men have we seen survive their own reputations!     

Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

When a man has once gained a Reputation not even with God's help can he get rid of it.     

Abraham Miller

You're not born with a walk like that. You have to earn it.     

Donna Ball

Associate with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.     

George Washington

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

Thomas Paine

It is better to be alone than in bad company.     

George Washington

A good reputation is more valuable than money.     

Publilius Syrus

A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.     

Joseph Hall

Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.     

Liz Smith

Concealed talent brings no reputation.     

Desiderius Erasmus

At every word a reputation dies.     

Alexander Pope

No man can understand why a woman shouldn't prefer a good reputation to a good time.     

Helen Rowland

Repetition makes reputation and reputation makes customers.     

Elizabeth Arden

Reputations, like beavers and cloaks, shall last some people twice the time of others.     

Douglas Jerrold

A good reputation is like the cypress; once cut, it never puts forth leaf again.     

Francesco Guicciardini

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.     


We would all like a reputation for generosity and we'd all like to buy it cheap.     

Mignon McLaughlin

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.     

William Shakespeare

My reputation grows with every failure.     

George Bernard Shaw

Treat a man as if he had a fine reputation to protect, and he will usually endeavor to deserve it.     

Orson Scott Card

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.     

Warren Buffett

The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him, and pigmy in its proportions when it follows.     

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.     

Benjamin Franklin

Your reputation is in the hands of others. That's what the reputation is. You can't control that. The only thing you can control is your character.     

Wayne W. Dyer