Quotations About / On:
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.")
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).)
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.)
Happy is the man who hath never known what it is to taste of fameto 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).)
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).)
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....)
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).)
Those who write for lucre or fame are grosser Iscariots than the cartel robbers, for they steal the genius of the people, which is its will to resist evil.
(Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "For Sale," Alms for Oblivion (1964).)
Let the famous not denounce fame. Far from being empty and meaningless, it fills those it touches with divine power.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Sappho, in Sappho, act 1, sc. 5 (1819).)
The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 2 (1944, rev. 1951).)