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A man's reputation is not in his own keeping, but lies at the mercy of the profligacy of others. Calumny requires no proof.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The dark grave, which knows all secrets, can alone reclaim the fatal doubt once cast on a woman's name.
      - George Herbert

How many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made!
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Nothing so uncertain as general reputation. A man injures me from humor, passion, or interest; hates me because he has injured me; and speaks ill of me because he hates me.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
      - Elbert Hubbard

Reputation is but a synonyme of popularity: dependent on suffrage, to be increased or diminished at the will of the voters.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson,
        Memoirs and Essays--Washington Allston

Good-will, like a good name, is got by many actions, and lost by one.
      - Lord Francis Jeffrey

Reputations, like beavers and cloaks, shall last some people twice the time of others.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        Specimens of Jerrold's Wit--Reputations

The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He that is respectless in his courses oft sells his reputation at cheap market.
      - Ben Jonson

The two chief things that give a man reputation in counsel, are the opinion of his honesty, and the opinion of his wisdom; the authority of those two will persuade.
      - Ben Jonson

Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for the reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.
      - John Maynard Keynes

Reputation is a jewel which nothing can replace; it is ten thousand times more valuable capital than your diamonds.
      - Edouard Rene Lefebure Laboulaye

One may be better than his reputation or his conduct, but never better than his principles.
      - Niocolas Valentin de Latena

O reputation! dearer far than life.
      - James Russell Lowell

Reputation is in itself only a farthing-candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
      - James Russell Lowell

That man is thought a dangerous knave,
  Or zealot plotting crime,
    Who for advancement of his kind
      Is wiser than his time.
      - attributed to Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton,
        Men of Old

It is a maxim with me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.
      - George Monk

How many worthy men have we seen survive their own reputations!
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
        Essays--Of Glory

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

To be pointed out with the finger.
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, l. 28)

How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
      - Francesco Petrarch

At every word a reputation dies.
      - Alexander Pope

In various talk th' instructive hours they past,
  Who gave the ball, or paid the visit last;
    One speaks the glory of the British queen,
      And one describes a charming Indian screen;
        A third interprets motions, looks, and eyes;
          At every word a reputation dies.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
         (pt. III, l. 11),
        this stanza not found in his printed works

A just person knows how to secure his own reputation without blemishing another's by exposing his faults.
      - Pasquier Quesnel

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