Fame Quotes

Read the best selected fame quotes by some famous people of their times. These quotes about fame will motivate and inspire you and you will be much wiser about the subject.


Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil. John Milton
Not to know me argues yourselves unknown. John Milton
Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate. Emily Dickinson
How vain, without the merit, is the name. Homer
I want to be famous everywhere. Luciano Pavarotti
There has never been a statue erected to the memory of someone who let well enough alone. Jules Ellinger
We movie stars all end up by ourselves. Who knows? Maybe we want to. Bette Davis
A celebrity is a person who works hard all of their life to become well known, and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized. Fred A. Allen
Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny, for it is destiny. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name. Marcus Valerius Martial
What desire for fame attends both great and small; better be damned than mentioned not at all! John Wolcot
Sometimes I wish I weren't famous. Tammy Wynette
Riches: A dream in the night. Fame: A gull floating on water. Chinese Proverb
Celebrity-worship and hero-worship should not be confused. Yet we confuse them every day, and by doing so we come dangerously close to depriving ourselves of all real models. We lose sight of the men and women who do not simply seem great because they are famous but are famous because they are great. We come closer and closer to degrading all fame into notoriety. Daniel J. Boorstin
When you can do the common things in life in a uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world. George Washington Carver
To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten. E. M. Cioran
To get a name can happen but to few; it is one of the few things that cannot be brought. It is the free gift of mankind, which must be deserved before it will be granted, and is at last unwillingly bestowed. Samuel Johnson
Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that, and changes name as it changes direction. Dante Alighieri
What's fame? a fancy'd life in other's breath. A thing beyond us, even before our death. Alexander Pope
Because I have conducted my own operas and love sheep-dogs; because I generally dress in tweeds, and sometimes, at winter afternoon concerts, have even conducted in them; because I was a militant suffragette and seized a chance of beating time to ''The March of the Women'' from the window of my cell in Holloway Prison with a tooth-brush; because I have written books, spoken speeches, broadcast, and don't always make sure that my hat is on straight; for these and other equally pertinent reasons, in a certain sense I am well known. Dame Ethel Smyth
After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one. Cato The Elder
What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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
I had it all and blew it. Mickey Mantle
We always hear about the haves and the have-nots. Why don't we hear about the doers and the do-nots. Thomas Sewell
It is a wretched thing to live on the fame of others. Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it. Pliny The Elder
The fame you earn has a different taste from the fame that is forced upon you. Gloria Vanderbilt
Renown? I've already got more of it than those I respect, and will never have as much as those for whom I feel contempt.. Jean Rostand
Fame is but the breath of people, and that often unwholesome. Jean Jacques Rousseau
I won't be happy till I'm as famous as God. Madonna
Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them. Blaise Pascal
May the countryside and the gliding valley streams content me. Lost to fame, let me love river and woodland. Virgil Publius Vergilius Maro
The love of fame is almost another name for the love of excellence; or it is the ambition to attain the highest excellence, sanctioned by the highest authority, that of time. William Hazlitt
Fame is something that must be won. Honor is something that must not be lost. Arthur Schopenhauer
The love of glory gives an immense stimulus. Ovid
I was the only one there I never heard of. Barry J. Farber
There is not in the world so toilsome a trade as the pursuit of fame; life concludes before you have so much as sketched your work. Jean De La Bruyere
What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism. Desiderius Erasmus
Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole. Vicki Baum
People should realize we're jerks just like them. Edward De Bono
I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery. Aldous Huxley
Few people rise to our esteem upon closer scrutiny. French Proverb
A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know. H. L. Mencken
Celebrity is the advantage of being known to people who we don't know, and who don't know us. Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death. Blaise Pascal
If you are ambitious of climbing up to the difficult, and in a manner inaccessible, summit of the Temple of Fame, your surest way is to leave on one hand the narrow path of Poetry, and follow the narrower track of Knight-Errantry, which in a trice may raise you to an imperial throne. Miguel De Cervantes
Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds. Socrates
There are names written in her immortal scroll at which Fame blushes! William Hazlitt
It often happens that those of whom we speak least on earth are best known in heaven. Nicolas Caussin
The present condition of fame is merely fashion. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you, fame. If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle. So at least it's something I experienced, but that's not where I live. Marilyn Monroe
Being famous was extremely disappointing for me. When I became famous it was a complete drag and it is still a complete drag. Van Morrison
What a heavy burden is a name that has become famous too soon. Voltaire
Those who have known the famous are publicly debriefed of their memories, knowing as their own dusk falls that they will only be remembered for remembering someone else. Alan Bennett
My great comfort is, that the temporary celebrity I have wrung from the world has been in the very teeth of all opinions and prejudices. I have flattered no ruling powers; I have never concealed a single thought that tempted me. Lord Byron
Popular applause veers with the wind. John Bright
Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again. Francis Bacon
Each man has his appointed day: short and irreparable in the brief life of all, but to extend our fame by our deeds, this is the work of mankind. Virgil
Fame hides her head among the clouds. Virgil
The fame of great men ought to be judged always by the means they used to acquire it. Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow. Marcus T. Cicero
Time hath a wallet at his back, wherein he puts. Alms for oblivion, a great-sized monster of ingratitudes. William Shakespeare
Let us not disdain glory too much; nothing is finer, except virtue. The height of happiness would be to unite both in this life. Vicomte De Chateaubriand
Men's fame is like their hair, which grows after they are dead, and with just as little use to them. George Villiers
A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it. Miles Davis
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing. Benjamin Franklin
The majority of pop stars are complete idiots in every respect. Marquis De Sade
Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else. Oliver Wendell Holmes
It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour. Lillian Hellman
Happy is the man who hath never known what it is to taste of fame --to have it is a purgatory, to want it is a Hell! Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Glory is like a circle in the water, which never ceaseth to enlarge itself, till, by broad spreading, it disperse to naught. William Shakespeare
Of present fame think little, and of future less; the praises that we receive after we are buried, like the flowers that are strewed over our grave, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead. Charles Caleb Colton
The longer a man's fame is likely to last, the longer it will be in coming. Arthur Schopenhauer
Oblivion is the rule and fame the exception, of humanity. Antoine Rivarol
How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens. Alexander The Great
But the iniquity of oblivion blindly scattereth her poppy, and deals with the memory of men without distinction to merit of perpetuity. Sir Thomas Browne
Fame is an illusive thing -- here today, gone tomorrow. The fickle, shallow mob raises its heroes to the pinnacle of approval today and hurls them into oblivion tomorrow at the slightest whim; cheers today, hisses tomorrow; utter forgetfulness in a few months. Henry Miller
A sex symbol becomes a thing. I hate being a thing. Marilyn Monroe
Now there is fame! Of all -- hunger, misery, the incomprehension by the public -- fame is by far the worst. It is the castigation of God by the artist. It is sad. It is true. Pablo Picasso
Being a sex symbol was rather like being a convict. Raquel Welch
Fame is a constant effort. Jules Renard
Fame is proof that the people are gullible. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Even the best things are not equal to their fame. Henry David Thoreau
Death makes no conquest of this conqueror: For now he lives in fame, though not in life. William Shakespeare
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
Throughout my life, I have seen narrow-shouldered men, without a single exception, committing innumerable stupid acts, brutalizing their fellows and perverting souls by all means. They call the motive for their actions fame. Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont
I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known. Confucius
To many fame comes too late. Luis De Camoens
If fame is to come only after death, I am in no hurry for it. Marcus Valerius Martial
Fame is like a shaved pig with a greased tail, and it is only after it has slipped through the hands of some thousands, that some fellow, by mere chance, holds on to it! Davy Crockett
If I'm such a legend, then why am I so lonely? Let me tell you, legends are all very well if you've got somebody around who loves you. Judy Garland
The professional celebrity, male and female, is the crowning result of the star system of a society that makes a fetish of competition. In America, this system is carried to the point where a man who can knock a small white ball into a series of holes in the ground with more efficiency than anyone else thereby gains social access to the President of the United States. C. Wright Mills
I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue than why I have one. Cato The Elder
I must say, I don't feel very qualified to be a pop star. I feel very awkward at times in the role. Edward De Bono
Heartthrobs are a dime a dozen. Brad Pitt
Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such; it is an accident, not a property of man. Thomas Carlyle
Folly loves the martyrdom of fame. Lord Byron
The highest form of vanity is love of fame. George Santayana
The difference between great celebrities and the unknown is the former failed and yet went at it again; the latter gave up in despair. Anonymous
He that pursues fame with just claims, trusts his happiness to the winds; but he that endeavors after it by false merit, has to fear, not only the violence of the storm, but the leaks of his vessel. Samuel Johnson
In the world of the celebrity, the hierarchy of publicity has replaced the hierarchy of descent and even of great wealth. C. Wright Mills
It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot. Vladimir Nabokov
Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud. W. H. Auden
The day will come when everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes. Andy Warhol
Fame is the echo of actions, resounding them to the world, save that the echo repeats only the last art, but fame relates all, and often more than all. Thomas Fuller
Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few; and that, too, at the expense of social pleasure, health, conscience, life. Benjamin Disraeli
Celebrity is never more admired than by the negligent. William Shakespeare
Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being ''somebody,'' to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his over-animation. One can either see or be seen. John Updike
Some people obtain fame, others deserve it. Doris Lessing
True glory takes root, and even spreads; all false pretences, like flowers, fall to the ground; nor can any counterfeit last long. Marcus T. Cicero
Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives. Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
All the fame you should look for in life is to have lived it quietly. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
To become a celebrity is to become a brand name. There is Ivory Soap, Rice Krispies, and Philip Roth. Ivory is the soap that floats; Rice Krispies the breakfast cereal that goes snap-crackle-pop; Philip Roth the Jew who masturbates with a piece of liver. Philip Roth
A sign of celebrity is often that their name is worth more than their services. Daniel J. Boorstin
The love of the famous, like all strong passions, is quite abstract. Its intensity can be measured mathematically, and it is independent of persons. Susan Sontag
Once you become famous, there is nothing left to become but infamous. Don Johnson
I awoke one morning and found myself famous. Lord Byron
Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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
There have been as great souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous. Benjamin Franklin
Fame is only good for one thing-they will cash your check in a small town. Truman Capote
It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved. W. Somerset Maugham
The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar's laurel crown. William Blake
Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men. Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza
It is better to be a has-been than a never-was. Cecil Parkinson
Who would wish to be among the commonplace crowd of the little famous -- who are each individually lost in a throng made up of themselves? John Keats
A star on a movie set is like a time bomb. That bomb has got to be defused so people can approach it without fear. Jack Nicholson
Fame is the thirst of youth. Lord Byron
Acquaintance lessens fame. Claudius
Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls. Edmund Burke
The love of fame is the last weakness which even the wise resign. Publius Cornelius Tacitus
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
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid. Francis Bacon

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