Good opinion once lost, is lost forever.
Why do we daily commit disagreeable and dangerous actions? To save that idol, reputation.
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit and lost without deserving.
- Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
- Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
- Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
- 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
- But he that filches from me my good name
- Robs me of that which not enriches him,
- And makes me poor indeed.