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Quotations The Best Quotes About Fame  

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A list of the best fame quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous fame quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic fame quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational fame quotes from that same writer.

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

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

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

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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 usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.

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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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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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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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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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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