Quotations About / On: FAME
Expenditure now attracts fame as conquest once did.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
Fame opportunely despised often comes back redoubled.
(Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, II, 47.)
What's fame? A fancied life in others' breath,
(Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet. An Essay on Man (Fr. Epistle IV).
SeCePo. Poetical Works [Alexander Pope]. Herbert Davis, ed. (1978; repr. 1990) Oxford University Press.)
The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.
(Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989).)
Fame is fickle, but Obscurity is usually faithful to the end.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
Fame now wears the halo that once crowned holiness.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
The graceful flowers of innocence are more valuable than the laurel crown of fame.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Phaon, in Sappho, act 3, sc. 6 (1819).)
The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.
(Amelia Earhart (1897-1937), U.S. aviator, author. New York Times (July 29, 1928), ch. 12, quoted in Mary S. Lovell, The Sound of Wings (1989).
Of openings for women in aviation.)
The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.
(Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 158 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).)
Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
(W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet. "Writing," pt. 1, The Dyer's Hand (1962).)