Quotations About / On:
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).)
Expenditure now attracts fame as conquest once did.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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).)
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).)
Fame opportunely despised often comes back redoubled.
(Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, II, 47.)
To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.
(E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born-French philosopher. "Strangled Thoughts," sct. 1, The New Gods (1969, trans. 1974).)
For children preserve the fame of a man after his death.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Libation Bearers, l. 505.)
When the gratitude that many owe to one discards all modesty, then there is fame.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 500, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Gay Science, first edition, "Third Book," aphorism 171, "Fame," (1882).)
What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.
(Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466-1536), Dutch humanist. A Letter to Martin Dorp (1515).)