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FAME
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The fame which bids fair to live the longest resembles that which Horace attributes to Marcellus, whose progress he compares to the silent, imperceptible growth of a tree.
      - William Benton Clulow

Valor and power may gain a lasting memory, but where are they when the brave and mighty are departed? Their effects may remain, but they live not in them any more than the fire in the work of the potter.
      - Hartley Coleridge

Those who despise fame seldom deserve it. We are apt to undervalue the purchase we cannot reach, to conceal our poverty the better. It is a spark which kindles upon the best fuel, and burns brightest in the bravest breast.
      - Jeremy Collier

Fame is an undertaker that pays but little attention to the living, but bedizens the dead, furnishes out their funerals, and follows them to the grave.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Milton neither aspired to present fame, nor even expected it; but (to use his own words) his high ambition was "to leave something so written to after ages, that they should not willingly let it die." And Cato finely observed, he would much rather that posterity should inquire why no statues were erected to him, than why they were.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Of present fame think little and of future less; the praises that we receive after we are buried, like the posies that are strewn over our grave, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead: the dead are gone either to a place where they hear them not, or where, if they, do, they will despise them.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Posthumous fame is a plant of tardy growth, for our body must be the seed of it; or we may liken it to a torch, which nothing but the last spark of life can light up; or we may compare it to the trumpet of the archangel, for it is blown over the dead; but unlike that awful blast, it is of earth, not of heaven, and can neither rouse nor raise us.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Unlike the sun, intellectual luminaries shine brightest after they set.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

To myself alone do I owe my fame.
  [Fr., Je ne dois qu'a moi seul toute ma renommee.]
      - Pierre Corneille, L'Excuse a Ariste

Everybody worships me, it's nauseating.
      - Noel Coward

What shall I do to be forever known,
  And make the age to come my own?
      - Abraham Cowley, The Motto (l. 1)

Fame is not won on downy plumes nor under canopies; the man who consumes his days without obtaining it leaves such mark of himself on earth as smoke in air or foam on water.
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri")

Your fame is as the grass, whose hue comes and goes, and His might withers it by whose power it sprang from the lap of the earth.
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri")

The splendors that belong unto the fame of earth are but a wind, that in the same direction lasts not long.
  [It., Non e il mondam romore alro che un fiato
    Di vento, che vien quinci et or vien quindi,
      E muta nome, perche muta lato.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Purgatorio
         (XI, 100)

All your renown is like the summer flower that blooms and dies; because the sunny glow which brings it forth, soon slays with parching power.
  [It., La vostra nominanza e color d'erba,
    Che viene e va; e quei la discolora
      Per cui ell' esce della terra acerba.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Purgatorio
         (XI, 115)

Your earthly fame is but a gust of wind that blows about, shifting this way and that, and as it changes quarter, changes name.
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"),
        The Divine Comedy
         (Purgatory, canto X, l. 100-02)

Fame, as a river, is narrowest where it is bred, and broadest afar off; so exemplary writers depend not upon the gratitude of the world.
      - Sir William D'Avenant

Fame, like the river, is narrowest where it is bred, and broadest afar off.
      - Sir William D'Avenant

Who fears not to do ill fears the name,
  And free from conscience, is a slave to fame.
      - Sir John Denham, Cooper's Hill (l. 129)

Fame has eagle wings, and yet she mounts not so high as man's desires.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The Duke of Wellington brought to the post of first minister immortal fame; a quality of success which would almost seem to include all others.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Sybil (bk. I, ch. III)

Deathless laurel is the victor's due.
      - John Dryden

Fame then was cheap, and the first courier sped;
  And they have kept it since, by being dead.
      - John Dryden, The Conquest of Granada
         (epilogue)

If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.
      - Albert Einstein

Isn't it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?
      - Albert Einstein


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