Abraham Lincoln on Character

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

~ Abraham Lincoln

Cicero on Slander

“As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.”

~ Cicero

Benjamin Franklin on Reputation

Act uprightly, and despise calumny; dirt may stick to a mud wall, but not to polish’d marble.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Joan Didion on Reputation

“The dismal fact is that self-respect has nothing to do with the approval of others — who are, after all, deceived easily enough; has nothing to do with reputation, which, as Rhett Butler told Scarlett O’Hara, is something people with courage can do without.”

~ Joan Didion

Epictetus on Agency

” … not within our power are our body, our property, our reputation, office, and, in a word, whatever is not our own doing.”

~ Epictetus

Cato The Elder on Gossip

“We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.”

~ Cato the Elder

Epictetus on Reputation

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.”

~ Epictetus

Shakespeare on Reputation

“Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation, Iago, my reputation!”

~ William Shakespeare