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FAME
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A niche in the temple of Fame.
      - Unattributed Author,
        origin is owed to establishment of Pantheon (1791) as a receptacle for distinguished men

Your fame shall (spite of proverbs) make it plain
  To write in water's not to write in vain.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Art of Painting in Water Colours,
        in preface to Sir William Sanderson

Fame! that common crier.
      - John Quincy Adams

Fame is a good so wholly foreign to our natures that we have no faculty in the soul adapted to it, nor any organ in the body to relish it; an object of desire placed out of the possibility of fruition.
      - Joseph Addison

Many actions calculated to procure fame are not conducive to ultimate happiness.
      - Joseph Addison

Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our nearer acquaintance with him; and we seldom hear of a celebrated person without a catalogue of some notorious weaknesses and infirmities.
      - Joseph Addison

Were not this desire of fame very strong, the difficulty of obtaining it, and the danger of losing it when obtained, would be sufficient to deter a man from so vain a pursuit.
      - Joseph Addison,
        in "The Spectator", no. 255

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 in silence.
      - Washington Allston

Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
      - Francis Bacon

Live by publicity, you'll probably die by publicity.
      - Russell Baker

Glory and fame mean twelve thousand francs' worth of paid articles in the newspapers and five thousand crowns' worth of dinners.
      - Honore de Balzac

To have fame follow us is well, but it is not a desirable avant-courier.
      - Honore de Balzac

Read but o'er the Stories
  Of men most fam'd for courage or for counsaile
    And you shall find that the desire of glory
      Was the last frailty wise men put of;
        Be they presidents.
      - Jan van olden Barneveldt,
        reprinted by A.H. Bullen

Fame is rot; daughters are the thing.
      - Sir James Matthew Barrie

Ah! I who can tell how hard it is to climb
  The steep where Fame's proud temple shines afar.
      - James Beattie

Ah! who can tell how hard it is to climb
  The steep where Fame's proud temple shines afar!
      - James Beattie, The Minstrel (st. 1)

Nothing can cover his high fame but Heaven;
  No pyramids set off his memories,
    But the eternal substance of his greatness,--
      To which I leave him.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The False One (act II, sc. 1, l. 169)

Many have lived on a pedestal who will never have a statue when dead.
      - Pierre Jean de Beranger

The best-concerted schemes men lay for fame,
  Die fast away: only themselves die faster.
    The far-fam'd sculptor, and the laurell'd bard,
      Those bold insurancers of deathless fame,
        Supply their little feeble aids in vain.
      - Robert Blair, The Grave (l. 185)

A few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Herostratus lives that burnt the temple of Diana; he is almost lost that built it.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia (ch. V)

A man who cannot win fame in big own age will have a very small chance of winning it from posterity. True, there are some half-dozen exceptions to this truth among millions of myriads that attest it; but what man of common sense would invest any large amount of hope in so unpromising a lottery?
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

A man's heart must be very frivolous if the possession of fame rewards the labor to attain it. For the worst of reputation is that it is not palpable or present,--we do not feel or see or taste it. People praise us behind our backs, but we hear them not; few before our faces, and who is not suspicious of the truth of such praise?
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Better than fame is still the wish for fame, the constant training for a glorious strife.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Fame confers a rank above that of gentleman and of kings. As soon as she issues her patent of nobility, it matters not a straw whether the recipient be the son of a Bourbon or of a tallow-chandler.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton


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