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.")
People feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you, of any kind of natureand it won't hurt your feelingslike it's happening to your clothing.
(Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. actor. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 40 (August 1972).
Monroe was an extremely famous movie star and "sex symbol." She seemed to be very vulnerable emotionally; her early death was ruled a suicide.)
The journalists have constructed for themselves a little wooden chapel, which they also call the Temple of Fame, in which they put up and take down portraits all day long and make such a hammering you can't hear yourself speak.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook D," aph. 20, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
Stupid misery of fame and money. Always we were safe from it, mistaking our obscurity for a curse when it was a treasure. Free to make what we liked, to be ourselves, even do nothing at all. No one watching. We could be real.
(Kate Millett (b. 1934), U.S. feminist theorist, literary critic, essayist, autobiographer, sculptor. Flying, pt. 1, Alfred A. Knopf (1974).)