Selected Quotes about Fame

Living in L.A., everyone likes to mold you and change you. I don't care about fame, I don't care about being a celebrity. I know that's part of the job, but I don't feed into anyone's idea of who I should be. -- Jessica Alba

Life is a warfare and a stranger's sojourn, and after fame is oblivion. -- Marcus Aurelius

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. -- Napoleon Bonaparte

In the march up the heights of fame there comes a spot close to the summit in which man reads nothing but detective stories. -- Heywood Hale Broun

He who pursues fame at the risk of losing his self is not a scholar. -- Chuang-tzu

Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others. -- Sir Winston Churchill

In the construction of Immortal Fame you need first of all a cosmic shamelessness. -- Umberto Eco

Never suffer youth to be an excuse for inadequacy, nor age and fame to be an excuse for indolence. -- Benjamin Haydon

I'm a bit of an abstract figure that people can project their fantasies on; it's pretty much what we all are, otherwise we wouldn't be stars, and people wouldn't be interested. But people project things on you that have nothing to do with what you really are, or they see a little something and then exaggerate it. And you can't really control that. -- Salma Hayek

Goodness makes greatness truly valuable, and greatness make goodness much more serviceable. -- Matthew Henry

Popularity? It is glory's small change. -- Victor Hugo

We are the leaves of one branch, the drops of one sea, the flowers of one garden. -- Jean Baptiste Henry Lacordaire

A place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. -- Marilyn Monroe

Fame is morally neutral. -- Edward R. Murrow

The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it. -- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

If you're holding out for universal popularity, I'm afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time. -- J. K. Rowling

Glory is like a circle in the water, Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself, Till by broad spreading it disperses to naught. -- William Shakespeare

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity. -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

My biggest nightmare is I'm driving home and get sick and go to hospital. I say: 'Please help me.' And the people say: 'Hey, you look like...' And I'm dying while they're wondering whether I'm Barbra Streisand. -- Barbra Streisand

Fame lost its appeal for me when I went into a public restroom and an autograph seeker handed me a pen and paper under the stall door. -- Marlo Thomas

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. -- Henry David Thoreau

To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man's character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours. -- Mark Twain

I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. -- Andy Warhol

Vain ambition of kings Who seek by trophies and dead things To leave a living name behind, And weave but nets to catch the wind. -- John Webster

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