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  • "Reputation matters so much only because people so seldom think for themselves."
    Alain de Botton (1969–), Swiss philosophical writer
    Source: Twitter (alaindebotton) (May 23, 2012)
  • "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 (1930–), US entrepreneur and financier
    Source: Quoted in the Independent (London) (October 28, 2009)
  • "Would you rather be the world’s greatest lover, but have everyone think you’re the world’s worst lover? Or would you rather be the world’s worst lover but have everyone think you’re the world’s greatest lover? Now, that’s an interesting question."
    Warren Buffett (1930–), US entrepreneur and financier
    Source: Quoted in The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (Alice Schroeder, 2008)
  • "You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."
    Henry Ford (18631947), US industrialist, automobile manufacturer, and founder of Ford Motor Company
    Source: Quoted in Woodbury Reports Archives (December 1994)
  • "In business a reputation for keeping absolutely to the letter and spirit of an agreement, even when it is unfavorable, is the most precious of assets, although it is not entered in the balance sheet."
    Viscount Chandos (Oliver Lyttelton) (18931972), British statesman and industrialist
    Source: Memoirs of Lord Chandos: An Unexpected View from the Summit (1963)
  • "It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous."
    Robert Benchley (18891945), US humorist
    Source: Quoted in Robert Benchley (Nathaniel Benchley, 1955)
  • "The world is not unkind, and reprobates are worse than their reputations."
    Logan Pearsall Smith (18651946), British essayist and critic
    Source: Afterthoughts (1931)
  • "Reputation, reputation, reputation—O, I ha' lost my reputation, I ha' lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial!"
    William Shakespeare (15641616), English poet and playwright
    Source: Othello (1602–04), Act 2, Scene 3, ll. 256–258

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