If you acquire a reputation as a mad dog, you’ll be treated as a mad dog. Taken out back and slaughtered for pig feed.
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition. Oft got without merit and lost without deserving.[quoting William Shakespeare]
Business is where you are now. But what got you here is your word and your reputation. With that alone, you’ve still got an open line to New York. Without it, you’re done.[to Avon]