Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
President Abraham Lincoln
1809 — 1865
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.
President George Washington
1732 — 1799
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
President Harry S Truman
1884 — 1972
Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.
I have become a lonely old chap who is mainly known because he doesn’t wear socks and who is exhibited as a curiosity on special occasions.
1879 — 1955
The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided.
1890 — 1975
What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
George Bernard Shaw
1856 — 1950
Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
1856 — 1915
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
1807 — 1882
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
1694 — 1778
The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what the man or woman is able to do.
Booker T. Washington
1856 — 1915
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
1879 — 1935
A free society is a place where it’s safe to be unpopular.
Ambassador Adlai Stevenson
1900 — 1965
Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.
Pearl S. Buck
1892 — 1973
Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value to its scarcity.
1835 — 1902
I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.
1914 — 1994
If you care about what people think about you, how will you ever know how you feel about you?
The deeds you do today may be the only sermon some people will hear today.
1182 — 1226
Yesterday I cared about what people said about me. Today I will ignore what people say about me. Tomorrow I will tell those people to shove it.
Be who you are and say what you feel‘cause people who mind don’t matter, and people who matter don’t mind.
1904 — 1991