The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. - Socrates
Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours.
Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.