Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 18th-19th centuries German writer and statesman)
Gifted musicians and athletes appear frequently in public places to much applause—but only after years of hard work in private places. Their achievements are due in large part to those grueling hours of practice and training. Integrity and character, on the other hand, are developed, tested, and demonstrated only through the experiences lived publicly.
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. (Proverbs 23:1). A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. (Ecclesiastes 7:1)