Quotes of Distinction

“ I don't see where this is a story. Everything Dr. Weir told senators about embryonic stem cell research was true. He just used the wrong video. ”

- Frank Murphy

“ One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be. ”

- Socrates

“ Nothing arouses ambition so much as the trumpet clang of another's fame. ”

- Baltasar Gracian

“ To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless. ”

- Marcus Tullius Cicero

“ There is no greater glory than love, nor any greater punishment than jealously. ”

- Lope de Vega

“ The highest of distinctions is service to others. ”

- King George VI

“ It seems that the most important thing about Reagan was his anti-Communism and his reputation as a hawk who saw the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire,'. ”

- Mikhail Gorbachev

“ Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Fame is only good for one thing — they will cash your check in a small town. ”

- Truman Capote

“ He's the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth, Vermont. ”

- Clarence Darrow

“ Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ”

- John Wooden

“ I have found out in later years that my family was very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn't know it. ”

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

“ Not once or twice in our rough island story, The path of duty was the way to glory. ”

- Lord Alfred Tennyson

“ Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such; it is an accident, not a property of man. ”

- Thomas Carlyle

“ I see my reputation is at stake:My fame is shewdly gor'd. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ It is the glory and good of Art,That Art remains the one way possibleOf speaking truths, to mouths like mine at least. ”

- Robert Browning

“ The drying up a single tear has more of honest fame, than shedding seas of gore. ”

- Lord Byron

“ Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote, And think they grow immortal as they quote. ”

- Edward Young

“ The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do. ”

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“ I have touched the highest point of all my greatness, and from that full meridian of my glory I haste now to my setting. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ Grace tried is better than grace, and it is more than grace, it is glory in its infancy. ”

- Samuel Rutherford

“ Reputation are made every day and every minute. ”

- Christopher Ruel

“ Funds are low again, hallelujah! That means God trusts us and is willing to leave His reputation in our hands. ”

- C. T. Studd

“ One of the surprising privileges of intellectuals is that they are free to be scandalously asinine without harming their reputations. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ There is no excellence without labor, in the furnace, God may try you, thus to bring thee forth more bright. ”

- Unknown

“ Fame is but the breath of people, and that often unwholesome. ”

- Jean Jacques Rousseau

“ Eventually stardom is going to go away from me. It goes away from everybody and all you have in the end is to be able to look back and like the choices you made. ”

- Matt Damon

“ Fame is not just. She never finely or discriminatingly praises, but coarsely hurrahs. ”

- Henry David Thoreau
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