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FAME
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For learn this, Silius,
  Better to leave undone, than by our deed
    Acquire too high a fame when him we serve's away.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Ventidius at III, i)

Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives,
  Live regist'red upon our brazen tombs
    And then grace us in the disgrace of death;
      When, spite of cormorant devouring Time,
        Th' endeavor of this present breath may buy
          That honor which shall bate his scythe's keen edge
            And make us heirs of all eternity.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (King at I, i)

The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo. [You, that way: we, this way.]
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Armado at V, ii)

Death makes no conquest of this conqueror,
  For now he lives in fame, though not in life.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Prince Edward at III, i)

No man shed tears for noble Mutius;
  He lives in fame that died in virtue's cause.
      - William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
         (All at I, i)

Sloth views the towers of fame with envious eyes,
  Desirous still, still impotent to rise.
      - William Shenstone,
        Moral Pieces--The Judgment of Hercules
         (l. 436)

Fame, the sovereign deity of proud ambition.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure. The dread of censure is the death of genius.
      - William Gilmore Simms

Mere family never made a man great. Thought and deed, not pedigree, are the passports to enduring fame.
      - Mikhail Skobeleff

Fame,--next grandest word to God!
      - Alexander Smith

I have learned to prize the quiet, lightning deed, not the applauding thunder at its heels that men call fame.
      - Alexander Smith

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.
      - Socrates

He that will sell his fame will also sell the public interest.
      - Solon

Celebrity sells dearly what we think she gives.
      - Emile Souvestre

What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

The way to fame, is like the way to heaven,--through much tribulation.
      - Laurence Sterne

The highest greatness, surviving time and stone, is that which proceeds from the soul of man. Monarchs and cabinets, generals and admirals, with the pomp of court and the circumstance of war, in the lapse of time disappear from sight; but the pioneers of truth, though poor and lowly, especially those whose example elevates human nature, and teaches the rights of man, so that "a government of the people, by the people, for the people, may not perish from the earth;" such a harbinger can never be forgotten, and their renown spreads co-extensive with the cause they served so well.
      - Charles Sumner

Whatever may be the temporary applause of men, or the expressions of public opinion, it may be asserted without fear of contradiction, that no true and permanent fame can be founded, except in labors which promote the happiness of mankind.
      - Charles Sumner

No true and permanent Fame can be founded except in labors which promote the happiness of mankind.
      - Charles Sumner, Fame and Glory,
        an address before the Literary Societies of Amherst College

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
      - Jonathan Swift,
        Thoughts on Various Subjects

The love of fame is the last weakness which even the wise resign.
  [Lat., Etiam sapientibus cupido gloriae novissima exuitur.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (IV)

Modest fame is not to be despised by the highest characters.
  [Lat., Modestiae fama neque summis mortalibus spernenda est.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (XV, 2)

To be rich, to be famous? do these profit a year hence, when other names sound louder than yours, when you lie hidden away under ground, along with the idle titles engraven on your coffin? But only true love lives after you, follows your memory with secret blessings or pervades you, and intercedes for you. Non omnis moriar, if, dying, I yet live in a tender heart or two; nor am lost and hopeless, living, if a sainted departed soul still loves and prays for me.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Even the best things are not equal to their fame.
      - Henry David Thoreau

The whole earth is a sepulchre for famous men.
      - Thucydides 2, 43


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