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FAME
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Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else,--very rarely to those who say to themselves, "Go to, now let us be a celebrated individual!"
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Short is my date, but deathless my renown.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. IX, l. 535), (Pope's translation)

The rest were vulgar deaths unknown to fame.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XI, l. 394), (Pope's translation)

The life, which others pay, let us bestow,
  And give to fame what we to nature owe.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XII, l. 393), (Pope's translation)

Earth sounds my wisdom, and high heaven my fame.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. IX, l. 20), (Pope's translation)

But sure the eye of time beholds no name,
  So blest as thine in all the rolls of fame.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XI, l. 591), (Pope's translation)

Who has the fame to be an early riser may sleep till noon.
      - James Howell (Howel)

To be read by bare inscriptions, like many in Gruter,--to hope for eternity by enigmatical epithets or first letters of our names--to be studied by antiquarians who we were, and have new names given us like many of the mummies, are cold consolation unto the students of perpetuity, even by everlasting languages.
      - Thomas Hughes

How idle a boast, after all, is the immortality of a name! Time is ever silently turning over his pages; we are too much engrossed by the story of the present to think of the character and anecdotes that gave interest to the past; and each age is a volume thrown aside and forgotten.
      - Washington Irving

Fans don't boo nobodies.
      - Reggie Jackson

Where's Caesar gone now, in command high and able?
  Or Xerxes the splendid, complete in his table?
    Or Tully, with powers of eloquence ample?
      Or Aristotle, of genius the highest example?
      - da Todi Jacopone (Jacobus de Benedictus),
        De Contemptu Mundi,
        (translation by Abraham Coles)

A life without fame can be a good life, but fame without a life is no life at all.
      - Clive James

To some characters, fame is like an intoxicating cup placed to the lips,--they do well to turn away from it who fear it will turn their heads. But to others fame is "love disguised," the love that answers to love in its widest, most exalted sense.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

Fame has no necessary conjunction with praise: it may exist without the breath of a word: it is a recognition of excellence which must be felt but need not be spoken. Even the envious must feel it: feel it, and hate it in silence.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson,
        Memoirs and Essays--Washington Allston

Reputation being essentially contemporaneous, is always at the mercy of the Envious and the Ignorant. But Fame, whose very birth is posthumous, and which is only known to exist by the echo of its footsteps through congenial minds, can neither be increased nor diminished by any degree of wilfulness.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson,
        Memoirs and Essays--Washington Allston

Fame is a shuttlecock. If it be struck only at one end of a room it will soon fall to the floor. To keep it up, it must be struck at both ends.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He left a name at which the world grew pale,
  To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He that is pushing his predecessors into the gulf of obscurity, cannot but sometimes suspect, that he must himself sink in like manner, and, as he stands upon the same precipice, be swept away with the same violence.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It is more reasonable to wish for reputation while it may be enjoyed, as Anacreon calls upon his companions to give him for present use the wine and garlands which they propose to bestow upon his tomb.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Men have a solicitude about fame; and the greater share they have of it, the more afraid they are of losing it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

None of the projects or designs which exercise the mind of man are equally subject to obstructions and disappointments with the pursuit of fame.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The love of fame is a passion natural and universal, which no man, however high or mean, however wise or ignorant, was yet able to despise.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He that would have his virtue published, is not the servant of virtue, but glory.
      - Ben Jonson

The thirst after fame is greater than that after virtue; for who embraces virtue if you take away its rewards?
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

It is a wretched thing to live on the fame of others.
  [Lat., Miserum est aliorum incumbere famae.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (VIII, 76)


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