A fair reputation is a plant, delicate in its nature,
and by no means rapid in its growth.
It will not shoot up in a night
like the gourd of the prophet;
but, like that gourd, it may perish in a night.
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
sow a habit, and you reap a character;
sow a character, and you reap a destiny.
George Dana Boardman