“The world may take your reputation from you, but it cannot take your character.”
-Emma Dunham Kelley, Megda, 1891
“A man’s character is the reality of himself. His reputation is the opinion others have formed of him. Character is in him; reputation is from other people – that is the substance, this is the shadow.”
-H.W. Beecher (1813-1887)
“ If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.”
-D.L. Moody (1837-1899)
I just had to include all three of these quotes together. These were taken from three different sources! I don’t know if these people knew each other, or were commenting on their statements – but it sure sounds like it. That’s the way spirit works sometimes – all these events happening in different times and places that somehow mesh together seamlessly. Notice the contrast that each draws between character and reputation. Where do we place the most value?