A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one. (Lord Jeffery, 18th century British army officer)
People are most often known by their actions. A person who accomplishes a lot and exhibits many good deeds and acts of kindness is thought highly of. Unfortunately, if that person stumbles—maybe only once, his reputation may be ruined. Lord Jeffery was right: just one wrong deed can spoil a good reputation. It’s a warning to be careful about how we live daily.
Don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them for . . . they keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. (Proverbs 3:21, 23) A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. (Ecclesiastes 7:1)