Reputation management advice from our Founding Fathers

Reputation management advice from our Founding Fathers

While our Founding Fathers are best known for giving us hotdogs and fireworks independence from those dastardly Brits, they also knew a thing or two about reputation management.

Enjoy your 4th of July!

George Washington

1. George Washington – “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”


Alexander Hamilton

2. Alexander Hamilton – “A promise must never be broken.”


Benjamin Franklin

3. Benjamin Franklin – “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”


John Jay

4. John Jay – “The only way to be loved is to be and to appear lovely; to possess and display kindness, benevolence, tenderness; to be free from selfishness and to be alive to the welfare of others.”


John Adams

5. John Adams – “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”


James Madison

6. James Madison – “All men having power ought to be mistrusted to a certain degree.”


Thomas Jefferson

7. Thomas Jefferson – “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

While these are the key founding fathers, there are plenty more–we just didn’t have time to put together quotes for all of them. 😉

ByAndy Beal

Andy Beal is The Original Online Reputation Expert™. A bestselling author of two critically-acclaimed reputation management books, a keynote speaker at dozens of events, and brand consultant experience with thousands of individuals and companies.