After the American Civil War, the managers of the infamous Louisiana Lottery approached Robert E. Lee and asked if he’d let them use his name in their scheme. They promised that, if he did, he would become rich. Astounded, Lee straightened up, buttoned his gray coat, and shouted, “Gentlemen, I lost my home in the war. I lost my fortune in the war. I lost everything except my name. My name is not for sale, and if you fellows don’t get out of here, I’ll break this crutch over your heads!”
I would rather make my name than inherit it.
— W. M. Thackeray
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.
A good name is better than precious ointment.
Thank God for the influence in our lives of those with a good name.
Give it some thought.