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The Diary of a Young Girl (1942-1944), 15 July 1944
“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
Abraham Lincoln, wisdom & wit (1982 edition), Peter Pauper Pr - ISBN: 9780880883597
The American Crisis (1776–1783)
“A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.”
Often misattributed to Mark Twain; probably because it has been found in a notebook belonging to the wife of Mark Twain, Olivia Langdon Clemens. She attributes it to Henry Tuckerman, and while the attribution is correct, the quotation is just a paraphrase (See izquotes.com/quote/382485 for the original quotation).