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FAME
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Happy indeed the poet of whom, like Orpheus, nothing is known but an immortal name! Happy next, perhaps, the poet of whom, like Homer, nothing is known but the immortal works. The more the merely human part of the poet remains a mystery, the more willing is the reverence given to his divine mission.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

And glory long has made the sages smile;
  'Tis something, nothing, words, illusion, wind--
    Depending more upon the historian's style
      Than on the name a person leaves behind.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Fame is the thirst of youth.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

I awoke one morning and found myself famous.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        from Moore's "Life of Bryon"

The only pleasure of fame is that it proves the way to pleasure; and the more intellectual our pleasure, the better for the pleasure and for us too.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Thy fanes, thy temple, to the surface bow,
  Commingling slowly with heroic earth,
    Broke by the share of every rustic plough:
      So perish monuments of mortal Birth,
        To perish all in turn, save well-recorded Worth.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

What of them is left, to tell
  Where they lie, and how they fell?
    Not a stone on their turf, nor a bone in their graves:
      But they live in the Verse that immortally saves.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

What is the end of Fame? 'tis but to fill
  A certain portion of uncertain paper:
    Some liken it to climbing up a hill,
      Whose summit, like all hills, is lost in vapour:
        For this men write, speak, preach, and heroes kill,
          And bards burn what they call their "midnight taper,"
            To have, when the original is dust,
              A name, a wretched picture, and worse bust.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 218)

Folly loves the martyrdom of Fame.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Monody on the Death of the Rt. Hon. R.B. Sheridan
         (l. 68)

O Fame!--if I e'er took delight in thy praises,
  'Twas less for the sake of thy high-sounding phrases,
    Than to see the bright eyes of the dear one discover
      She thought that I was not unworthy to love her.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Stanzas Written on the Road Between Florence and Pisa

To many fame comes too late.
      - Luis de Camoens

Money will buy money's worth; but the thing men call fame, what is it?
      - Thomas Carlyle

What a wretched thing is all fame! A renown of the highest sort endures, say, for two thousand years. And then? Why, then, a fathomless eternity swallows it. Work for eternity; not the meagre rhetorical eternity of the periodical critics, but for the real eternity wherein dwelleth the Divine.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such: it is an accident, not a property of a man.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essay--Goethe

Scarcely two hundred years back can Fame recollect articulately at all; and there she but maunders and mumbles.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present
         (ch. XVII)

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.
      - George Washington Carver

After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

Write your name in kindness, love and mercy on the hearts of the thousands you come in contact with year by year, and you will never be forgotten.
      - Thomas Chalmers

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

It is the penalty of fame that a man must ever keep rising. "Get a reputation and then go to bed," is the absurdest of all maxims. "Keep up a reputation or go to bed," would be nearer the truth.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Men the most infamous are fond of fame,
  And those who fear not guilt, yet start at shame.
      - Charles Churchill, The Author (l. 233)

The aspiring youth that fired the Ephesian dome
  Outlives, in fame, the pious fool that rais'd it.
      - Colley Cibber, Richard III
         (act III, sc. 1)

No one would ever meet death in defence of his country without the hope of immortality.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Of all the rewards of virtue, . . . the most splendid is fame, for it is fame alone that can offer us the memory of posterity.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

After upwards of two thousand years Epicurus has been exonerated from the reproach that the doctrines of his philosophy recommended the pleasures of sensuality and voluptuousness as the chief good. Calumny may rest on genius a considerable part of a world's duration; what then is the value of fame?
      - William Benton Clulow


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