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Fame quotes and quotations

Herostratus lives that burnt the temple of Diana; he is almost lost that built it.
Sir Thomas Browne

Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
Francis Bacon

The lust of fame is the last that a wise man shakes off.
Tacitus

Your fame shall (spite of proverbs) make it plain To write in water's not to write in vain.
Unknown Author

What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little.
Leszczynski Stanislaus

I awoke one morning and found myself famous.
George Gordon Noel Byron

To myself alone do I owe my fame. [Fr., Je ne dois qu'a moi seul toute ma renommee.]
Pierre Corneille

Ah! who can tell how hard it is to climb The steep where Fame's proud temple shines afar!
James Beattie

All your renown is like the summer flower that blooms and dies; because the sunny glow which brings it forth, soon slays with parching power.
Dante Alighieri

Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.
Vicki Baum

Folly loves the martyrdom of Fame.
George Gordon Noel Byron

If fame is only to come after death, I am in no hurry for it.
Martial

Fame - a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on.
Christian Nestell Bovee

And what after all is everlasting fame? Altogether vanity.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

The Duke of Wellington brought to the post of first minister immortal fame; a quality of success which would almost seem to include all others.
Benjamin Disraeli

The highest form of vanity is love of fame.
George Santayana

The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.
Blaise Pascal

Fame is a fickle food Upon a shifting plate.
Emily Dickinson

Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such: it is an accident, not a property of a man.
Thomas Carlyle

Nothing can cover his high fame but Heaven; No pyramids set off his memories, But the eternal substance of his greatness,-- To which I leave him.
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

In the very books in which philosophers bid us scorn fame, they inscribe their names.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

The present condition of fame is merely fashion.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

The fame you earn has a different taste from the fame that is forced upon you.
Gloria Vanderbilt

Scarcely two hundred years back can Fame recollect articulately at all; and there she but maunders and mumbles.
Thomas Carlyle

Men the most infamous are fond of fame, And those who fear not guilt, yet start at shame.
Charles Churchill

Read but o'er the Stories Of men most fam'd for courage or for counsaile And you shall find that the desire of glory Was the last frailty wise men put of; Be they presidents.
Jan van olden Barneveldt

O Fame!--if I e'er took delight in thy praises, 'Twas less for the sake of thy high-sounding phrases, Than to see the bright eyes of the dear one discover She thought that I was not unworthy to love her.
George Gordon Noel Byron

Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime. And, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
Thomas Carlyle

A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognised.
Fred Allen

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Fame is proof that people are gullible.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The splendors that belong unto the fame of earth are but a wind, that in the same direction lasts not long.
Dante Alighieri

Were not this desire of fame very strong, the difficulty of obtaining it, and the danger of losing it when obtained, would be sufficient to deter a man from so vain a pursuit.
Joseph Addison

Famous people state fame as a cruse and those who have it not look upon it as a dream, hance dreams are cruses.
Kazi Shams

Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity.
William Hazlitt

Even the best things are not equal to their fame.
Henry David Thoreau

What shall I do to be forever known, And make the age to come my own?
Abraham Cowley

A niche in the temple of Fame.
Unknown Author

Who fears not to do ill fears the name, And free from conscience, is a slave to fame.
Sir John Denham

Fame is not just. She never finely or discriminatingly praises, but coarsely hurrahs.
Henry David Thoreau

Fame is only good for one thing- they will cash your check in a small town.
Truman Capote

The aspiring youth that fired the Ephesian dome Outlives, in fame, the pious fool that rais'd it.
Colley Cibber

A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.
Henry Louis Mencken

The best-concerted schemes men lay for fame, Die fast away: only themselves die faster. The far-fam'd sculptor, and the laurell'd bard, Those bold insurancers of deathless fame, Supply their little feeble aids in vain.
Robert Blair

Fame is vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
Horace Greeley

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.
Thomas Carlyle

It's too bad I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that.
Alan Alda