Funny, Inspirational Quotes About Reputation From Leaders and Experts

Quotes on Good and Bad Reputations, as Well as Building and Losing It

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Whether good or bad, the reputation of an individual business leader or a corporate spokesperson has a huge influence on the reputation of a business and the overarching reputation of the brand. While building reputations is a long-term process, losing reputation can happen in an instant. Reputation-defining moments are generally so dramatic, that they are the subject of many quotable quotes which are both funny and inspirational. 

What follows is a collection of quotations about good and bad reputations, building a reputation, and losing a reputation for business leaders, owners, and business owners who need a strong and positive reputation to succeed, which is all of them. Read and share these quotations about reputation, and then click the links at the end of the article for more quotable leadership quotes that can be used for motivation in any workplace.

Funny and Inspirational Quotations About Good and Bad Reputations, Building a Reputation and Losing a Reputation:

  • "The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” - Socrates
  • "Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will establish a reputation as an expert.” - Laurence J. Peter
  • "Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.” - Elbert Hubbard
  • "New Yorkers, by reputation, are fast-talking, assertive and easily annoyed; I fit right in.” -Jane Pauley
  • "That's what Rocky is all about: pride, reputation, and not being another bum in the neighborhood.” - Sylvester Stallone
  • "I have the reputation of being easygoing. But inside, I'm like nails. I will kill.” - Calvin Klein
  • "I'm stingy and I'm proud of the reputation.” - Ingvar Kamprad, Founder and CEO of IKEA
  • "A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” - Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of
  • "Our reputation is more important than the last hundred million dollars.” - Rupert Murdoch
  • "Repetition makes reputation and reputation makes customers.” - Elizabeth Arden
  • "You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.” - Henry Ford
  • "The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit... a reputation, character.” - John D. Rockefeller
  • "When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.” - Warren Buffett
  • "A reputation for a thousand years may depend upon the conduct of a single moment.” - Ernest Bramah
  • "A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.” - Joseph Hall
  • "Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” - George Washington
  • "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
  • "First, make yourself a reputation for being a creative genius. Second, surround yourself with partners who are better than you are. Third, leave them to go get on with it.” - David Ogilvy
  • "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
  • "It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” - Benjamin Franklin
  • "Reputation is character minus what you've been caught doing." - Michael Iapoce
  • "Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised.” - Ben Jonson
  • "There is no advertisement as powerful as a positive reputation traveling fast.” - Brian Koslow
  • "Time goes by, reputation increases, ability declines.” - Dag Hammarskjold

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