| It is a maxim with me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.|
Richard BentleyMonks Life of Bentley. Vol. I. Ch. VI.
|And reputation bleeds in evry word.|
| Negligere quid de se quisque sentiat, non solum arrogantis est, sed etiam omnino dissoluti.|
To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless.
CiceroDe Officiis. 1. 28.
| No book was ever written down by any but itself.|
| Nemo me lacrymis decoret, nec funera fletu.|
Faxit cur? Volito vivu per ora virum.
Let no one honour me with tears, or bury me with lamentation. Why? Because I fly hither and thither, living in the mouths of men.
Attributed to Ennius. Quoted by CiceroTusc. Quæst. 15. 34. Latter part said to be Ennius Epitaph.
|A lost good name is neer retrievd.|
GayFables. The Fox at the Point of Death. L. 46.
| Denn ein wanderndes Mädchen ist immer von schwankendem Rufe.|
For a strolling damsel a doubtful reputation bears.
GoetheHermann und Dorothea. VII. 93.
|Ich hulte nichts von dem, der von sich denkt|
Wie ihn das Volk vielleicht erheben möchte.
I consider him of no account who esteems himself just as the popular breath may chance to raise him.
GoetheIphigenia auf Tauris. II. 1. 140.
|That man is thought a dangerous knave,|
Or zealot plotting crime,
Who for advancement of his kind
Is wiser than his time.
Attributed to Lord Houghton (Monckton Milnes)Men of Old.
| Reputation is but a synonyme of popularity: dependent on suffrage, to be increased or diminished at the will of the voters.|
Mrs. JamesonMemoirs and Essays. Washington Allston.
| Reputations, like beavers and cloaks, shall last some people twice the time of others.|
Douglas JerroldSpecimens of Jerrolds Wit. Reputations.
| How many worthy men have we seen survive their own reputation!|
MontaigneEssays. Of Glory.
|To be pointed out with the finger.|
PersiusSatires. I. L. 28.
|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.
PopeRape of the Lock. Pt. III. L. 11. (This stanza not found in his printed works.)
|Das Aergste weiss die Welt von mir, und ich|
Kann sagen, ich bin besser als mein Ruf.
The worst of me is known, and I can say that I am better than the reputation I bear.
SchillerMarie Stuart. III. 4. 208.
|I have offended reputation,|
A most unnoble swerving.
Antony and Cleopatra. Act III. Sc. 11. L. 49.
| O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.|
Othello. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 262.
| Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.|
Othello. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 268.
|The purest treasure mortal times afford|
Is spotless reputation; that away,
Men are but gilded loam or painted clay.
Richard II. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 177.
|Thy death-bed is no lesser than thy land|
Wherein thou liest in reputation sick.
Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 95.
|I see my reputation is at stake:|
My fame is shewdly gord.
Troilus and Cressida. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 227.
|Convey a libel in a frown,|
And wink a reputation down!
SwiftJournal of a Modern Lady. L. 185.