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I always knew I'd be in music in some sort of capacity. I didn't know if I'd be successful at it, but I knew I'd be doing something in it. Maybe get a job in a record store. Maybe even play in a band. I never got into this to be a star. (Bryan Adams)

A telescope will magnify a star a thousand times, but a good press agent can do even better. (Fred Allen)

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

All is ephemeral - fame and the famous as well. (Marcus Aurelius)

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)

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

A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing. (Pearl Bailey)

Publicity gets more than a little tiring. You want it, you need it, you crave it, and you're scared as hell when it stops. (Joseph Barbera)

It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous. (Robert Benchley)

renown, n. A degree of distinction between notoriety and fame - a little more supportable than the one and a little more intolerable than the other. Sometimes it is conferred by an unfriendly and inconsiderate hand. (Ambrose Bierce)

famous, adj. Conspicuously miserable. (Ambrose Bierce)

Know the difference between success and fame - success is Helen Keller; fame is Madonna. (Erma Bombeck)

Because you know when you first become famous, you start walking a little different because people are staring at you. (Bono)

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

Fame - a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir. (David Bowie)

Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them. (David Bowie)

Acclaim is a distraction. (James Broughton)

It doesn't matter how you travel it, it's the same road. It doesn't get any easier when you get bigger; it gets harder. And it will kill you if you let it. (James Brown)

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 G. Bulwer-Lytton)

A man's heart must be very frivolous if the possession of fame rewards the labor to attain it. For the worst of reputation is that it is not palpable or present - we do not feel or see or taste it. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause; to an ardent, generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame; a passion which is the instinct of all great souls. (Edmund Burke)

One of my proudest moments is I didn't sell my soul for the sake of popularity. (George W. Bush)

I have zero desire, just so you know, to be in the limelight... You're not going to see me giving my opinions in the public arena, until I start selling my book. I'm going to emerge then submerge. (George W. Bush)

What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little. (Lord Byron)

Fame is the thirst of youth. (Lord Byron)

Fame makes us forget who we really are. (Tony Calderone)

In 1919 I woke up famous. I'd never guessed it. If I'd known I was famous, I'd have stolen away and wept. I was stupid. I was supposed to be intelligent. I was sensitive and very dumb. (Coco Chanel)

I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great. (Ray Charles)

The philosophers themselves, in the very books where they tell us to despise fame, inscribe their names. (Cicero)

The world, like an accomplished hostess, pays most attention to those whom it will soonest forget. (John Churton Collins)

For many artists fame complements the value of creative self-expression. Ludwig van Beethoven loved composing music, but he probably would have enjoyed it less if no one ever listened to the product. (Tyler Cowen)

Marcel Proust shut out visitors from his cork-lined room, where he wrote, but he probably expected to be immortalized in the literary canon. Even the most introverted drives and motives are set in a social context and amplified by the potential for achieving fame. (Tyler Cowen)

Fame is like a shaved pig with a greased tail, and it is only after it has slipped through the hands of some thousands, that some fellow, by mere chance, holds on to it! (Davy Crockett)

I would like to be famous but unknown. (Edgar Degas)

My career should adapt to me. Fame is like a VIP pass wherever you want to go. (Leonardo DiCaprio)

Fame is a bee. / It has a song / It has a sting / Ah, too, it has a wing. (Emily Dickinson)

Fame is a fickle food / Upon a shifting plate. (Emily Dickinson)

Burt Reynolds once asked me out. I was in his room. (Phyllis Diller)

-on being asked how he could become famous...
By worrying as little as possible about fame. (Diogenes of Sinope)

Maintain your post: That's all the fame you need... (John Dryden)

The very need to be 'famous' tells me there is a flaw in character. Gauguin may be a revolutionary in art, but a master he was not. (Les Ducak)

With fame I become more and more stupid, which of course is a very common phenomenon. (Albert Einstein)

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely. (Albert Einstein)

Fame is proof that people are gullible. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Having some notoriety as an artist is really very subtle. If anything, it is a quiet fame. We have very few awards, very few red carpet events and even fewer accolades. (John Ferrie)

Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved. (Margaret Fuller)

Fame sometimes hath created something of nothing. (Thomas Fuller)

-on his wife's recognition factor...
I was honestly taken aback. I told her that I liked her despite the fact that she was on television! (Dave Genn)

The ascent to greatness, however steep and dangerous, may entertain an active spirit with the consciousness and exercise of its own power: but the possession of a throne could never yet afford a lasting satisfaction to an ambitious mind. (Edward Gibbon)

I don't want to be put on a pedestal. I just want to be reasonably successful and live a normal life with all the conveniences to make it so. (Althea Gibson)

Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Attain and maintain a reputation, for it is the usufruct of fame. A stiff climb, for it is the issue of excellence, as rare as mediocrity is common. (Baltasar Gracian)

A favorite has no friend! (Thomas Gray)

Toil and risk are the price of glory, but it is a lovely thing to live with courage and die leaving an everlasting fame. (Alexander the Great)

Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character. (Horace Greeley)

There are a lot of people who want to be famous nowadays: singers, actors and, you know, it's like a roller-coaster. And when you are very sensitive - I'm very sensitive - you have to be very strong... You have to just not pay attention to the people who hate you, you know? (Eva Green)

Fifty per cent of the people who come here genuinely want to see my collection; the others to meet what they consider a celebrity. (Peggy Guggenheim)

I don't want to write an autobiography because I would become public property with no privacy left. (Stephen Hawking)

The great difficulty is first to win a reputation; the next to keep it while you live; and the next to preserve it after you die, when affection and interest are over, and nothing but sterling excellence can preserve your name. (Benjamin Haydon)

Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure? (Ernest Hemingway)

Celebrity is a corrosive condition for the soul. (Charlton Heston)

To be an artist is not about fame; it's about art, which is this intangible thing that has got to have lots of integrity, whereas being famous doesn't really take any integrity. But I think you have to admit that you want to be famous, otherwise you can't be an artist. Art and fame together are like a desire to live forever. (Damien Hirst)

We grow small trying to be great. (David Hockney)

It would probably kill me to have such a thing appear. The most interesting part of my life is of no concern to the public. (Winslow Homer)

Well worn, fame plays second fiddle to modesty. (Leslie Edwards Humez)

Every man, however hopeless his pretensions may appear, has some project by which he hopes to rise to reputation; some art by which he imagines that the attention of the world will be attracted; some quality, good or bad, which discriminates him from the common herd of mortals, and by which others may be persuaded to love, or compelled to fear him. (Samuel Johnson)

Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are. (Erica Jong)

Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them. (Immanuel Kant)

Then on the shore / Of the wide world / I stand alone, and think / Till love and fame to nothingness do sink. (John Keats)

-b.ca.1380 d.1471...
If thou wilt receive profit, read with humility, simplicity, and faith, and seek not at any time the fame of being learned. (Thomas a Kempis)

If you're not careful, you can get a grossly over-inflated opinion about your popularity. (Bob Knight)

We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something, we are no longer free. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Andy Warhol made fame more famous. (Fran Lebowitz)

If cash comes with fame, come fame; if cash comes without fame, come cash. (Jack London)

Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny, for it is destiny. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

It's a shame to call somebody a 'diva' simply because they work harder than everybody else. (Jennifer Lopez)

Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit. (James Russell Lowell)

I always thought I should be treated like a star. (Madonna)

Beatrice and Virgil...
As for fame, fame felt like nothing. Fame was not a sensation like love or hunger or loneliness, welling from within and invisible to the outside eye. It was rather entirely external, coming from the minds of others. (Yann Martel)

If fame is to come only after death, I am in no hurry for it. (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

There is, first, the desire for strength, for achievement, for adequacy, for confidence in the face of the world, and for independence and freedom. Secondly, we have what we may call the desire for reputation or prestige. (Abraham Maslow)

Fame is a mind - a way of thinking about things. It's all in your mind. (Reba McEntire)

You've been gone so long from all that you know. It's been shuffled aside as you bask in the glow. All the beautiful strangers who whisper your name, do they fill up the emptiness? Larger than life is your fiction, in a universe made upon one. (Sarah McLachlan)

-notice to visitors...
When you come, please be so kind as to check your neuroses and psychoses at the gate... Fans and other obnoxious pests would do well to maintain silence. (Henry Miller)

What good is it being Marilyn Monroe? Why can't I just be an ordinary woman? (Marilyn Monroe)

Fame is fickle and I know it. It has its compensations, but it also has its drawbacks and I've experienced them both. (Marilyn Monroe)

Fame and tranquility can never be bedfellows. (Michel de Montaigne)

Some of the greatest works of art and the most important works of peace were created by people who had no need for the limelight. They knew that what they were doing was their call, and they did it with great patience, perseverance, and love. (Henri Nouwen)

The fact that my 15 minutes of fame has extended a little longer than 15 minutes is somewhat surprising to me and completely baffling to my wife. (Barack Obama)

I'm never going to be famous. My name will never be writ large on the roster of Those Who Do Things. I don't do any thing. Not one single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don't even do that any more. (Dorothy Parker)

The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other men's lives. (Pericles)

And fame, for a painter means sales, gains, fortune, riches. And today, as you know, I am celebrated. I am rich. (Pablo Picasso)

Complexity and profundity have been equated by the academic culture just as fame and significance have been conflated by the popular culture. Fame and significance have nothing to do with one another; and complexity and profundity have nothing to do with one another. (Dennis Prager)

The image is one thing and the human being is another... It's very hard to live up to an image, put it that way. (Elvis Presley)

I don't think I realized that the cost of fame is that it's open season on every moment of your life. (Julia Roberts)

A painter with prestige among painters is bound to be discovered sooner or later. (Harold Rosenberg)

The highest form of vanity is love of fame. (George Santayana)

Honor means that a man is not exceptional; fame, that he is. Fame is something which must be won; honor, only something which must not be lost. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

-b1690 d.1736...
Vain empty words / Of honour, glory and immortal fame, / Can these recall the spirit from its place, / Or re-inspire the breathless clay with life? / What tho' your fame with all its thousand trumpets, / Sound o'er the sepulchres, will that awake / The sleeping dead. (George Sewell)

He lives in fame that died in virtue's cause. (William Shakespeare)

Sloth views the towers of Fame with envious eyes, / Desirous still, still impotent to rise. (William Shenstone)

He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure. (William Gilmore Simms)

Looking at the proliferation of personal web pages on the Net, it looks like very soon everyone on earth will have 15 Megabytes of fame. (M. G. Siriam)

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds. (Socrates)

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 Spinoza)

The love of fame is a love that even the wisest of men are reluctant to forgo. (Tacitus)

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

You do not know how tempting every opportunity is to me, and how I long to go in quest of fame and fortune. Why should it be either and why can't happiness be complete without either or both? (John H. Twachtman)

Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion. (Mark Twain)

I'm not going to be somebody who wants to hold on to my fame for the rest of my life. (Shania Twain)

He who pursues fame at the risk of losing his self is not a scholar. (Chuang Tzu)

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)

You are not born for fame if you don't know the value of time. (Marquis de Vauvenargues)

Fame goes only to those to whom it was destined. (Milos Vujasinovic)

My being some kind of celebrity - not a real celebrity - isn't a welcome part of the job. (Jimmy Wales)

If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are. (Oprah Winfrey)

When someone comes to me and says, 'I want to be a rock star,' I want to jump off my balcony. What they are really saying is, 'I want to be liked by the masses, I'm really insecure... But, if they come to me and say, 'The music is in me, I can't seem to get away from it. I have to surrender to it,' then that is the person I want to work with. (Miles Patrick Yohnke)

Why all this toil for triumphs of an hour? What tho' we wade in Wealth, or soar in Fame? Earth's highest station ends in 'Here he lies;' and 'Dust to dust' concludes the noblest songs. (Edward Young)


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