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All gods are better than their reputation. Mark Twain
I didn’t know I had that much of a reputation. Climax! Casino Royale 1954 starring Barry Nelson & Peter Lorre & Linda Christian & Michael Pate & Eugene Borden & Jean del Val & Gene Roth & Kurt Katch & William Lundigan et al, director William H Brown junior, Bond
I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people. Rosa Parks
Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of – for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it, you may easily preserve it – but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. Thus a good reputation is to endeavour to be what you desire to appear. Socrates
The reputation which the world bestows is like the wind, that shifts now here now there, its name changed with the quarter whence it blows. Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321, Divina Commedia Purgatorio canto 11
O! I have lost my reputation. I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. William Shakespeare, Othello II iii 264
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost without deserving. ibid. II iii @362, Iago
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! Luke 6:26
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
The easiest way to get a reputation is to go outside the fold, shout around for a few years as a violent atheist or a dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the shelter. F Scott Fitzgerald
Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing. Paul Theroux
A good reputation is more valuable than money. Publilius Syrus
My reputation grows with every failure. George Bernard Shaw
Ought I not to have been more careful to win the good opinion of others, more determined to conquer their hostility or indifference? It would have been a joy to me to be smiled upon, loved, encouraged, welcomed, and to obtain what I was so ready to give, kindness and goodwill. But to hunt down consideration and reputation – to force the esteem of others – seemed to me an effort unworthy of myself, almost a degradation. Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Journal Intime, 1882
How many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made! Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
It is a maxim with me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself. Richard Bentley
One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything, except a good reputation. Oscar Wilde
No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it. Thomas Jefferson
You spoke with passion. And compassion. You understand forgiveness. And you drink water. Yet I heard from many reliable sources that you have a reputation for moral turpitude. Peaky Blinders s6e2: Black Shirt ***** BBC 2022
Arrested more than 70 times for assault, larceny, bombing and murder, he personally tortured some of his victims, and is thought responsible for 200 killings. Reputations: Sam Giancana: The Gangster Who Dreamed, BBC 1996
Sam Giancana was boss of the Chicago Mafia. And without doubt the most powerful gangster in America. But what made Giancana different was not his violence but his dreams. ibid.
Giancana vanished into exile in Mexico, taking with him some of the deepest secrets of government. ibid.
Bootlegging had made him rich. ibid.
Sam Giancana was making a fortune in Havana. ibid.
Neither his caretaker nor police officers watching his house heard the six shots that killed Sam Giancana at midnight on June 19th 1975. ibid.
‘You knew that here was a star, an unusual type of star.’ Reputations s2e4: A J P Taylor: An Unusual Kind of Star
A J P Taylor was the most famous historian of his generation. Brilliant and prolific he was unique in being just as happy writing for the popular press as for the Oxford University press … Television made him a star. ibid.
The BBC grew nervous of this loose cannon. ibid.
ITV: Taylor’s lectures never changed: he addressed the camera directly without rehearsal, notes, photographs or any editing whatsoever. And still people watched. ibid.
A man of the left with a lifetime’s commitment to giving history back to the ordinary people. ibid.
‘I’m a straight narrative historian.’ ibid. Taylor
Did Hitler Cause the War? ibid. BBC 1961 debate with Hugh Trevor-Roper, re Taylor’s book The Origins of the Second World War
In September 1946 the Nuremberg tribunal reached its climax … One of the accused was Albert Speer: while the others clung to their plea they had nothing to answer for in this victor’s show trial, Speer, alone of them all, was going to become the Nazi Who Said Sorry. Reputations: Speer: The Nazi Who Said Sorry
After politics, architecture was his passion. ibid.
Speer understood what was required of Nazi architecture. ibid.
Speer was now minister for arms production. ibid.
The charge against him was quite specific: the criminal use of slave labour. ibid.
He now had twenty years alone with his conscience. ibid.
‘When you look back at his life you see nothing but contradiction.’ Reputations: John Wayne: The Unquiet American, Oliver Stone, BBC 1998
It was Ford who rescued Wayne from the B-Movie treadmill. ibid.
‘He drank like a fish.’ ibid. Harry Jackson, friend
Wayne would always be deeply insecure about his failure to serve. ibid.
‘He loved women.’ ibid. Harry Jackson
Wayne threw him and his film [The Alamo] into the Republican cause. ibid.
Wayne’s right-wing opinions were becoming increasingly extreme. He defended the taking of Indian land and attacked the civil rights movement. ibid.