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FAME
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It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
      - Albert Einstein

With fame I become more and more stupid, which of course is a very common phenomenon.
      - Albert Einstein

'Tis a petty kind of fame
  At best, that comes of making violins;
    And saves no masses, either. Thou wilt go
      To purgatory none the less.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Stradivarius (l. 85)

Fame is proof that people are gullible.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

An earthly immortality belongs to a great and good character. History embalms it; it lives in its moral influence, in its authority, in its example, in the memory of the words and deeds in which it was manifested; and as every age adds to the illustrations of its efficacy, it may chance to be the best understood by a remote posterity.
      - Edward Everett

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Fame may be compared to a scold; the best way to silence her is to let her alone, and she will at last be out of breath in blowing her own trumpet.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Fame sometimes hath created something of nothing.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Fame is the echo of actions, resounding them to the world, save that the echo repeats only the last part, but fame relates all, and often more than all.
      - Thomas Fuller (1),
        Holy and Profane States--Of Fame

From kings to cobblers 'tis the same;
  Bad servants wound their masters' fame.
      - John Gay, Fables--The Squire and his Cur
         (pt. II)

An enduring fame is one stamped by the judgment of the future,--that future which dispels illusions, and smashes idols into dust.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

Rash combat oft immortalizes man; if he should fall, he is renowned in song; but after-ages reckon not the ceaseless tears which the forsaken woman sheds. Poets tell us not of the many nights consumed in weeping, or of the dreary days wherein her anguished soul vainly yearns to call her loved one back.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Rash combat oft immortalizes man.
  If he should fall, he is renowned in song.
    [Ger., Der rasche Kampf verewigt einen Mann,
      Er falle gleich, so preiset ihn das Lied.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Iphigenia auf Tauris (V, 6, 43)

Popular glory is a perfect coquette; her lovers must toil, feel every inquietude, indulge every caprice, and perhaps at last be jilted into the bargain. True glory, on the other hand, resembles a woman of sense; her admirers must play no tricks. They feel no great anxiety, for they are sure in the end of being rewarded in proportion to their merit.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Raised by fortune to a ridiculous visibility.
      - Henry Grattan

Fame must necessarily be the portion of but few.
      - Robert Hall

Men think highly of those who rise rapidly in the world; whereas nothing rises quicker than dust, straw, and feathers.
      - Augustus William Hare

Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity, who drink of that flood of glory as of a river, and refresh our wings in it for future flight.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The love of fame is too high and delicate a feeling in the mind to be mixed up with realities, it is a solitary abstraction. * * * A name "fast anchored in the deep abyss of time" is like a star twinkling in the firmament, cold, silent, distant, but eternal and sublime; and our transmitting one to posterity is as if we should contemplate our translation to the skies.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The love of letters is the forlorn hope of the man of letters. His ruling passion is the love of fame.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The temple of fame stands upon the grave: the flame that burns upon its altars is kindled from the ashes of dead men.
      - William Hazlitt (1),
        Lectures on the English Poets
         (lecture VIII)

Thou hast a charmed cup, O Fame!
  A draught that mantles high,
    And seems to lift this earthly frame
      Above mortality.
        Away! to me--a woman--bring
          Sweet water from affection's spring.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans, Woman and Fame

If that thy fame with ev'ry toy be pos'd,
  'Tis a thin web, which poysonous fancies make;
    But the great souldier's honour was compos'd
      Of thicker stuf, which would endure a shake.
        Wisdom picks friends; civility plays the rest;
          A toy shunn'd cleanly passeth with the best.
      - George Herbert,
        The Temple--The Church Porch (st. 38)

The breath of popular applause.
      - Robert Herrick

One might feel indignant at the injustice which deals out what is called fame with so unequal a hand, were it not for the reflection that men who are competent to add to the intellectual wealth of the world, and enlarge the domain of knowledge, have learned to take popular applause at its true value, and to find in the faithful discharge of honorable duty a satisfaction which is its own reward.
      - George Stillman Hillard


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