Fame itself is but an epitaph; as late, as false, as true.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 178, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle.
(Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B29.
Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure.")