reputation or 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 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