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 the photograph; Character is what you really are.
Reputation comes over one from without; Character grows up from within.
Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community;
Character is what you have when you go away.
Reputation is learned in an hour; Character does not come to light for a year.
Reputation is made in a moment; Character grows like the oak.
A single newspaper report gives you your reputation; A life of toil gives you your character.
Reputation makes you rich or 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.
-- William Hershey Davis --