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Reputation & Character

Character is the one thing we make in this world and take with us into the next. The circumstances amid which you live determine your reputation; the truth you believe determines your character.

  • Reputation is what you are supposed to be; Character is what you are.
  • Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community; Character is what you have when you go away.
  • Reputation is made in a moment; Character is built in a lifetime.
  • Reputation grows like a mushroom; Character grows like an oak.
  • Your reputation is learned in an hour; Your character is does not come to light for a year.
  • A single newspaper report gives your reputation; a life of toil gives you your character.
  • Reputation makes you rich or makes you poor; Character makes you happy or makes you miserable.
  • Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone; Character is what angels say about you before the throne of God.
  • Your character is what God knows you to be. Your reputation is what men think you are.

William Hershey Davis

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