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Daemon
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Very few reputations are gained by unsullied virtue.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)
Adyl Mouhei
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Daemon wrote:
Very few reputations are gained by unsullied virtue.

http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/G.+K.+Chesterton (1874-1936)


It is true, people tend to be passive and take things for granted when they should assess and investigate what others declare as achievements and success.
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Context from :"The Innocence of Father Brown"

The sins of prince Saradine



In the same flash the figure of a man had passed outside the first window, crossing the sunlit pane like a lighted stage. An instant later he passed at the second window and the many mirrors repainted in successive frames the same eagle profile and marching figure. He was erect and alert, but his hair was white and his complexion of an odd ivory yellow. He had that short, curved Roman nose which generally goes with long, lean cheeks and chin, but these were partly masked by moustache and imperial. The moustache was much darker than the beard, giving an effect slightly theatrical, and he was dressed up to the same dashing part, having a white top hat, an orchid in his coat, a yellow waistcoat and yellow gloves which he flapped and swung as he walked. When he came round to the front door they heard the stiff Paul open it, and heard the new arrival say cheerfully, "Well, you see I have come." The stiff Mr. Paul bowed and answered in his inaudible manner; for a few minutes their conversation could not be heard. Then the butler said, "Everything is at your disposal"; and the glove-flapping Prince Saradine came gaily into the room to greet them. They beheld once more that spectral scene—five princes entering a room with five doors.

The prince put the white hat and yellow gloves on the table and offered his hand quite cordially.

"Delighted to see you here, Mr. Flambeau," he said. "Know you very well by reputation, if that's not an indiscreet remark."

"Not at all," answered Flambeau, laughing. "I am not sensitive. Very few reputations are gained by unsullied virtue."

The prince flashed a sharp look at him to see if the retort had any personal point; then he laughed also and offered chairs to everyone, including himself.

"Pleasant little place, this, I think," he said with a detached air. "Not much to do, I fear; but the fishing is really good."

The priest, who was staring at him with the grave stare of a baby, was haunted by some fancy that escaped definition. He looked at the grey, carefully curled hair, yellow white visage, and slim, somewhat foppish figure. These were not unnatural, though perhaps a shade prononcé, like the outfit of a figure behind the footlights. The nameless interest lay in something else, in the very framework of the face; Brown was tormented with a half memory of having seen it somewhere before. The man looked like some old friend of his dressed up. Then he suddenly remembered the mirrors, and put his fancy down to some psychological effect of that multiplication of human masks.


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Bully_rus
Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 11:43:23 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Very few reputations are gained by unsullied virtue.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)


Yeah. If there’s such thing as an unsullied virtue...
mudbudda669
Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 1:07:07 PM

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unsullied virtue is overrated !
ibj_ldn
Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 3:36:08 PM

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One of my favorite wirters (along with Conan Doyle and Agatha Cristie). His crime stories featuring Father Brown as detective are top-notch.
dave argo
Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 4:49:29 PM

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Daemon wrote:
Very few reputations are gained by unsullied virtue.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)


Those would be the reputable ones, everything else is either notoriety, anonymity, or "in transit".
Carmen Ponsaing
Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2018 7:20:10 PM

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Almost hopeful, if the virtuous are so common that they be more roughage than diamond. But then what makes the News is the worst of today.
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