Quotations About / On: FAME

  • 31.
    I was going to get myself recognized at any price. ...If I could not win fame by goodness, I was ready to do it by badness. ...
    (Mary McCarthy (1912-1989), U.S. author. Memories of a Catholic Girlhood, ch. 5 (1957). On determining to distinguish herself when in the eighth grade of a convent school.)
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  • 32.
    Deathlessness should be arrived at in a ... haphazard fashion. Loving fame as much as any man, we shall carve our initials in the shell of a tortoise and turn him loose in a peat bog.
    (E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. repr. in Writings from the New Yorker 1927-1976, ed. Rebecca M. Dale (1991). "Immortality," New Yorker (March 28, 1936).)
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  • 33.
    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).)
  • 34.
    Fame is no sanctuary from the passing of youth ... suicide is much easier and more acceptable in Hollywood than growing old gracefully.
    (Julie Burchill (b. 1960), British journalist, author. Girls on Film, ch. 3 (1986).)
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  • 35.
    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).)
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  • 36.
    He who is usually self-sufficient becomes exceptionally vain and keenly alive to fame and praise when he is physically ill. The more he loses himself the more he has to endeavor to regain his position by means of the opinion of others.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 329, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Human, All-Too-Human, part I, trans. by Helen Zimmern, in The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, vol. 6, p. 367, ed. Oscar Levy, New York, Russell and Russell (1964). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 546, "Exceptionally Vain," (1878).)
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  • 37.
    Today one does not hear much about him.... The fame of his likes circulates briskly but soon grows heavy and stale; and as for history it will limit his life story to the dash between two dates.
    (Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. "Spring in Filata," Nabokov's Dozen (1958). Of a writer in the story.)
  • 38.
    Happy is the man who hath never known what it is to taste of fame—to have it is a purgatory, to want it is a Hell!
    (Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873), British author, politician. The Last of the Barons, bk. 5, ch. 1 (1843).)
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  • 39.
    The love of fame is almost another name for the love of excellence; or it is the ambition to attain the highest excellence, sanctioned by the highest authority, that of time.
    (William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. "On Different Sorts of Fame," The Round Table (1817).)
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  • 40.
    The fame which is based on wealth or beauty is a frail and fleeting thing; but virtue shines for ages with undiminished lustre.
    (Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, I....)
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