Quotations About / On: FAME
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).)
Lust gratifies its flames in the chambers of the sacristans more often than in the houses of ill-fame.
(Marcus Minucius Felix (2nd or 3rd cen. A.D.), Roman Christian apologist. Octavius, 25. 11, trans. by G.H. Rendell.)
The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Compensation," Essays, First Series (1841).)
It is pitiful when a man bears a name for convenience merely, who has earned neither name nor fame.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Walking" (1862), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 237, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Much of the wisdom of the world is not wisdom, and the most illuminated class of men are no doubt superior to literary fame, and are not writers.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The Over-Soul," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
Certainly fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swoln, and drowns things weighty and solid.
(Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, statesman. "Of Praise," The Essayes or Counsels (1625).)