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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 Allen

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

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What a heavy burden is a name that has become famous too soon. Voltaire

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I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known. Confucius

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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 Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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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

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I awoke one morning and found myself famous. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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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

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The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar's laurel crown. William Blake

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After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one. Cato the Elder

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

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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 Bruyère

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Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud. W. H. Auden

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Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds. Socrates

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

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A sign of celebrity is often that their name is worth more than their services. Daniel J. Boorstin

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To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten. Emil Cioran

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But the iniquity of oblivion blindly scattereth her poppy, and deals with the memory of men without distinction to merit of perpetuity. Thomas Browne

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I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue than why I have one. Cato the Elder

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

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What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism. Desiderius Erasmus

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Fame is the thirst of youth. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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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. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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Fame is proof that the people are gullible. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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

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Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls. Edmund Burke

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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

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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

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The fame of great men ought to be judged always by the means they used to acquire it. François de La Rochefoucauld

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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

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The love of glory gives an immense stimulus. Ovid

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Fame is a constant effort Jules Renard

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Oblivion is the rule and fame the exception, of humanity. Antoine de Rivarol

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Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow. Cicero

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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

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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

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Folly loves the martyrdom of fame. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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There have been as great souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous. Benjamin Franklin

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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

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What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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True glory takes root, and even spreads; all false pretences, like flowers, fall to the ground; nor can any counterfeit last long. Cicero

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If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing. Benjamin Franklin

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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

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We movie stars all end up by ourselves. Who knows? Maybe we want to. Bette Davis

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Celebrity is the advantage of being known to people who we don't know, and who don't know us. Nicolas Chamfort

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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

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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

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Riches: A dream in the night. Fame: A gull floating on water.

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'Tis the white stag, Fame, we're a-hunting, bid the world's hounds come to horn! Ezra Pound

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What's fame? a fancy'd life in other's breath. A thing beyond us, even before our death. Alexander Pope