Quotations About / On: FAME

  • 21.
    Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
    (W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet. "Writing," pt. 1, The Dyer's Hand (1962).)
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  • 22.
    Fame opportunely despised often comes back redoubled.
    (Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, II, 47.)
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  • 23.
    To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.
    (E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born-French philosopher. "Strangled Thoughts," sct. 1, The New Gods (1969, trans. 1974).)
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  • 24.
    For children preserve the fame of a man after his death.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Libation Bearers, l. 505.)
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  • 25.
    When the gratitude that many owe to one discards all modesty, then there is fame.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 500, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Gay Science, first edition, "Third Book," aphorism 171, "Fame," (1882).)
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  • 26.
    What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.
    (Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466-1536), Dutch humanist. A Letter to Martin Dorp (1515).)
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  • 27.
    Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 364, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 28.
    Fame is an accident; merit a thing absolute.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 126, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970). Spoken by Babbalanja, the philosopher.)
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  • 29.
    Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil.
    (John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. repr. In Milton's Poetical Works, ed. Douglas Bush (1966). Phoebes, in Lycidas, l. 78 (1637).)
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  • 30.
    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).)
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