„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.“
— John Bartholomew Gough Anglo-American temperance orator 1817 - 1886
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 46.