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Bob MarleyI handle fame by not being famous...I'm not famous to me.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

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AnonymousThe final test of fame is to have a crazy person imagine he is you.

—  Anonymous

Andy WarholIn the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

NapoleonGlory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

NapoleonSoldiers, from the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

     (after victory in Egypt)

Arthur SchopenhauerFame is something which must be won; honor, only something which must not be lost.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Andy WarholI'm bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is “In 15 minutes everybody will be famous”.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

TalleyrandLove of glory can only create a great hero; contempt of glory creates a great man.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

NapoleonGreatness is nothing unless it be lasting.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Fernando PessoaEvery man who deserves to be famous knows it is not worth the trouble.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Victor HugoPopularity? It's glory's small change.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

George SantayanaThe highest form of vanity is love of fame.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Karl KrausI am already so popular that anyone who vilifies me becomes more popular than I am.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

John WoodenTalent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Margaret ThatcherIt used to be about trying to do something. Now it's about trying to be someone.

—  Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, British Prime Minister

H.L. MenckenA celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic


Personal Stories

Lord ByronI awoke one morning and found myself famous.

—  Lord Byron, 1788-1824, British poet

     (reference to the instantaneous success of Childe Harold)


Latin Quotes

Latin phraseThus passes the glory of the world.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

—  Latin phrase

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Latin proverbFame flies.

Fama volat.

—  Latin proverb

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HoraceI shall not wholly die.

Non omnis moriar.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

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Funny Quotes

Jay LenoYou aren't famous until my mother has heard of you.

—  Jay Leno, 1950-, American TV host

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Fred AllenA 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, 1894-1956, American comedian


Ancient Greek

ThucydidesGreat men have the whole earth for their tomb.

Ανδρών επιφανών πάσα η γη τάφος.

—  Thucydides, 460-394 BC, Ancient Greek historian

     (in Pericles' Funeral Oration)

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IsokratesYou cannont buy glory with money.

Δόξα δε χρημάτων ουκ ωνητή.

—  Isokrates, 436-338 BC, Ancient Greek rhetorician

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HomerMy return home is lost, but my glory will never die.

Ώλετο μεν μοι νόστος, ατάρ κλέος άφθιτον έστα.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Iliad IX

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