William Shakespeare quote about reputation from Othello - Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit and lost without deserving: you have lost no reputation at all, unless you repute yourself such a loser.
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Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit and lost without deserving: you have lost no reputation at all, unless you repute yourself such a loser.
 William Shakespeare, Othello (1623). copy citation

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Author William Shakespeare
Source Othello
Topic reputation merit loser
Date 1623
Language English
Reference
Note Written between 1601 and 1604
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1531/1531-h/1531-h.htm

Context

“I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation, Iago, my reputation!
IAGO. As I am an honest man, I thought you had received some bodily wound; there is more sense in that than in reputation. Reputation is an idle and most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost without deserving. You have lost no reputation at all, unless you repute yourself such a loser. What, man, there are ways to recover the general again: you are but now cast in his mood, a punishment more in policy than in malice, even so as one would beat his offenceless dog to affright an imperious lion: sue to him again, and he's yours.” source

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