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

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

I thought famous people were proud, unapproachable, that they despised the crowd, and by their fame and the glory of their name, as it were, revenged themselves on the vulgar herd for putting rank and wealth above everything. But here they cry and fish, play cards, laugh and get cross like everyone else!

ANTON CHEKHOV, The Seagull

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

VICKI BAUM, Grand Hotel

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, Goethe

Fame is a food that dead men eat.

HENRY AUSTIN DOBSON, Fame is a Food that Dead Men Eat

The desire for fame tempts even noble minds.

ST. AUGUSTINE, The City of God

Well, there was a time I would have
Hung around just to be seen
Hey man, it's a shame when you start to fade
Diamond rings and sparkly things
Won't make your shine stay

SHERYL CROW, "Superstar"

In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.

ANDY WARHOL, Andy Warhol's Exposures

The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.

JEAN GENET, Prisoner of Love

Stardom isn't a profession; it's an accident.

LAUREN BACALL, quoted in The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil.

JOHN MILTON, Lycidas

Fame can never make us lie down contentedly on a deathbed.

ALEXANDER POPE, letter to William Trumbell, Mar. 12, 1713

Fame is a bee.
It has a song--
It has a sting--
Ah, too, it has a wing.

EMILY DICKINSON, Fame is a bee

Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats.

VICTOR HUGO, Villemain

What is the end of Fame? 'tis but to fill
A certain portion of uncertain paper:
Some liken it to climbing up a hill,
Whose summit, like all hills, is lost in vapour:
For this men write, speak, preach, and heroes kill,
And bards burn what they call their "midnight taper,"
To have, when the original is dust,
A name, a wretched picture, and worse bust.

LORD BYRON, Don Juan

Fame or infamy, either one is preferable to being forgotten.

CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI, Brisingr

No matter how much fame you have, it’s not something that belongs to you. If I’m famous, that doesn’t belong to me -- that belongs to you. If you can’t remember who I am, I’m no longer famous.

MICHAEL J. FOX, Esquire, Dec. 2007

Fame and fortune are as hard to find as a lightning strike.

P. N. ELROD, The Dark Sleep

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well; and doing well whatever you do, without a thought of fame.

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, Hyperion

There are decades in the making of the one man of renown;
Multitudes that go unnoticed who must wreathe for him a crown.

EDWIN LEIBFREED, "Caelestis"

Fame is nothing but an empty name.

CHARLES CHURCHILL, The Ghost

Man toils, and strives, and wastes his little life to claim--
At last the transient glory of a splendid name,
And have, perchance, in marble mockery a bust,
Poised on a pedestal, above his sleeping dust.

ANDREW DOWNING, "Fame"

O Fame! A bubble on life's wave,
'Tis tossed about, a worthless thing;
The bubble breaks--'tis lost for aye,
But leaves on heart a poignant sting....
You cut your name on granit block;
As ages come and pass away,
Disintegrated is the stone,
For all in nature must decay.

ARDELIA COTTON BARTON, Thoughts

Name and fame! to fly sublime
Through the courts, the camps, the schools
Is to be the ball of Time,
Bandied in the hands of fools.

ALFRED TENNYSON, The Vision of Sin

That sort of reputation which precedes performance [is] often the larger part of a man's fame.

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch

It is permissible even for a dying hero to think before he dies how men will speak of him hereafter. His fame lasts perhaps two thousand years. And what are two thousand years?... What, indeed, if you look from a mountain top down the long wastes of the ages? The very stone one kicks with one's boot will outlast Shakespeare.

VIRGINIA WOOLF, To the Lighthouse

Fame should be depicted covered with tongues instead of with feathers and in the form of a bird.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life

Fame is an undertaker that pays but little attention to the living, but bedizens the dead, furnishes out their funerals, and follows them to the grave.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

Famous people don't want to be told that you have a quality in common with them. It makes them think there's something crawling in their clothes.

DON DELILLO, Underworld

All who have their reward on Earth, the fruits
Of painful superstition and blind zeal,
Naught seeking but the praise of men, here find
Fit retribution, empty as their deeds.

JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost

Certain shades of limelight wreck a girl's complexion.

TRUMAN CAPOTE, Breakfast at Tiffany's

The light of the dawn is not so sweet as the first glimpses of fame.

LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims

Care not for being unknown, but seek to be worthy of note.

CONFUCIUS, Sayings of Confucius

Fame is a fickle food
Upon a shifting plate,
Whose table once a Guest, but not
The second time, is set.
Whose crumbs the crows inspect,
And with ironic caw
Flap past it to the Farmer’s corn;
Men eat of it and die.

EMILY DICKINSON, "Fame is a fickle food"

We only serve as a model for the portrait of our fame.

JEAN COCTEAU, Opium

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