„A man is what he is, not what men say he is. His character no man can touch. His character is what he is before his God and his Judge; and only himself can damage that. His reputation is what men say he is. That can be damaged; but reputation is for time, character is for eternity.“

Quelle: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 46.

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—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

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—  Horace Mann American politician 1796 - 1859

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I have the reputation of being of good moral character. But you know reputation is what people think of us, while character is what God and the angels know of us, and that I don't want to tell.
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