65 Fame Quotes: The Bright & the Dark Side

1. “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.” — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

2. “Care not for being unknown, but seek to be worthy of note.” — CONFUCIUS

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3. “Fame is something that must be won. Honor is something that must not be lost.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

4. “Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.” ― DORIS LESSING

5. “I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.” — CONFUCIUS

6. “I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.” — ALDOUS HUXLEY

7. “There’s no difference between fame and infamy now. There’s a new school of professional famous people that don’t do anything. They don’t create anything.” RICKY GERVAIS

8.” The highest form of vanity is love of fame.” — GEORGE SANTAYANA

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9. “With fame I become more and more stupid, which of course is a very common phenomenon.” ― ALBERT EINSTEIN

10. “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

11. “Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.” ― OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

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12.” The fame of great men ought to be judged always by the means they used to acquire it.” — FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD

13. “Fame is very corrosive and you have to guard very strictly against it.” ― EDWARD NORTON

14. “Fame is proof that the people are gullible.” — RALPH WALDO EMERSON

15. “Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.” ― ERMA BOMBECK

16. “We’re constantly striving for success, fame and comfort when all we really need to be happy is someone or something to be enthusiastic about.” ― H. JACKSON BROWN, JR.

17. “Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.” — SOCRATES

18. “Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.” — VICKI BAUM

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19. “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

20. “A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to be well-known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.” — FRED ALLEN

21. “If cash comes with fame, come fame; if cash comes without fame, some cash.” ― JACK LONDON

22. “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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23. “I cannot believe that any man who deserved fame ever laboured for it; that is, directly. For, as fame is but the contingent of excellence, it would be like an attempt to project a shadow, before its substance was obtained.” — WASHINGTON ALLSTON

24. “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

25. “I’ve never sought success in order to get fame and money; it’s the talent and the passion that count in success.” ― INGRID BERGMAN

26. “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

27. “The desire for fame tempts even noble minds.” — ST. AUGUSTINE

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28. “Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.” — EMILY DICKINSON

29. “If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy.” ― JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

30. 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

31. “I think people often confuse success with fame and stardom.” ― BRENDA BLETHYN

32. “The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.” ― SUN TZU

33. “It’s very confusing when fame comes early on in your career. You get a little bit bent out of shape in terms of what’s important. Fame is like the dessert that comes with your achievements – it’s not an achievement in itself, but sometimes it can overpower the work.” ― ADAM CLAYTON

34. “Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.” — FRANCIS BACON

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35. “Fame is an elusive 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

36. “To be great is to be misunderstood.” — RALPH WALDO EMERSON

37.  “Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become, and the same is true of fame.” ― ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

38. “Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.” ― RAINER MARIA RILKE

39. “The love of fame is the last weakness which even the wise resign.” — TACITUS

40. “A sign of celebrity is often that their name is worth more than their services.” — DANIEL J. BOORSTIN

41. “Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are.” ― ERICA JONG

42. “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

43. “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

44. “What a heavy burden is a name that has become famous too soon.” — VOLTAIRE

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45. “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

46. “My kids are not known, and I think that is very important. So far they have lived a normal life, and will continue to do so. I feel they should have the possibility to live a free life without the burden of fame I have created.” ― MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

47. “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

48. “Fame for fame’s sake is a completely empty experience. Fame should be a byproduct of achieving something extraordinary.” — RITA RUDNER

49. “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

50. “Fame is a bright flower, but weeds abound mostly around it.” — EDWARD COUNSEL

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51. “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

52. “I think fame itself is not a rewarding thing. The most you can say is that it gets you a seat in restaurants.” ― DAVID BOWIE

53. “Fame can never make us lie down contentedly on a deathbed.” — ALEXANDER POPE

54. “The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after.” ― HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

55. “The longer a man’s fame is likely to last, the longer it will be incoming.” — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

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56. “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

57. “Fame obviously has become a premium in everybody’s life. Everybody thinks they deserve it, everybody thinks they want it and most people really don’t enjoy it once they get it.” ― KELSEY GRAMMER

58. “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

59. “Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from.” ― TACITUS

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60. “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

61. “All the work built my fame and certainly made me more money, but the toll it took in my home was not good.” ― JAMIE LEE CURTIS

62. “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

63. “Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats.” — VICTOR HUGO

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64. “Fame doesn’t end loneliness.” ― CLAIRE DANES

65. “Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.” ― JOHN WOODEN

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