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1,150. Fame and tranquility can be never be bedfellows. (Life’s Like That & Fame) Montaigne aka Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essais 1580
2,053. The ordinary surroundings of life which are esteemed by men (as their actions testify) to be the highest good, may be classed under the three heads – Riches, Fame, and the Pleasures of Sense: with these three the mind is so absorbed that it has little power to reflect on any different good. (Life’s Like That & Rich & Fame & Pleasure) Baruch Spinoza
7,163. Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste. (Read & Fool & Write & Book & Fame) Voltaire, Candide
11,282. Everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes. (Artists: Pop & Fame) Andy Warhol
21,183. My name’s Charles Bronson. In all my life I’ve wanted to be famous. I knew I was made for better things. I had a calling. I didn’t know why. Wasn’t singing. Can’t fucking act. Kind of running out of choices really, aren’t we. (GBH Films & Name & Prison & Fame) Bronson 2009 starring Tom Hardy & Matt King & James Lance & Amanda Burton & Kelly Adams & Jonathan Phillips & Mark Powley & Joe Tuckeret al, director Nicolas Winding Refn
22,705. Ma, do you reckon Dillinger’s more famous than we are? (GBH Films & Fame) Bloody Mama 1970 starring Shelley Winters & Lisa Jill & Robert Walden & Alex Nicol & Robert De Niro & Pat Hingle & Don Stroud & Diane Varsi & Bruce Dern & Clint Kimbrough et al, director Roger Corman, son
23,041. When I was a boy I knew that one day I’d be famous, that destiny had great things in store for me. (Murder & Fame & Destiny) A is for Acid 2002 starring Martin Clunes & Keeley Hawes & Richard Hope & Celia Imrie & Rowena Cooper & Terence Beesley & Barbara Marten & Claire Nielson et al, director Harry Bradbeer, opening lines
34,792. When you’re famous you kind of run into human nature in a raw kind of way. It stirs up envy, fame does. People you run into feel that, well, who does she think she is, Marilyn Monroe? They feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you, of any kind of nature – and it won’t hurt your feelings – like it’s happening to your clothes not you. (Monroe & Fame) Marilyn Monroe
72,228. Fame is fickle and I know it has its compensations. But it also has its drawbacks and I’ve experienced them both. (Monroe & Fame) Marilyn Monroe
72,234. With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, somebody else’s ideas about you, but what’s important is how you feel about yourself – for survival and living day to day with what comes up. (Monroe & Fame) Marilyn Monroe
72,236. Fame doesn’t fulfil you. It warms you a bit, but that warmth is temporary. (Monroe & Fame) Marilyn Monroe
72,237. Fame will go by and, so long, I’ve had you, fame. If it goes by, I’ve always known it was fickle. So at least it’s something I experience, but that’s not where I live. (Monroe & Fame) Marilyn Monroe
39,562. All of a sudden, one day, you’re this boxer that everybody like, or you’re this guy that people pass on the highway and wave at. The next day you’re this guy that everybody want to touch – be in touch with you. Then you think that this is the answer to all things. (Boxers: Heavyweights & Fame) George Foreman
72,220. For a time, at least, I was the most famous person in the entire world. Jesse Owens, Jesse: The Man Who Outran Hitler
72,221. What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little. Lord Byron
72,222. Faith is the thirst of youth. Lord Byron
72,223. What is fame? an empty bubble;
Gold? a transient, shining trouble. (Fame & Gold) James Grainger, Solitude 1755
72,224. Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds. (Fame & Hero & Deeds) Socrates
72,225. I won’t be happy till I’m as famous as God. Madonna
72,226. When ... you’re first famous and you’re flush with your influence and you say something whimsical, at a party or something to be cool, it gets reported for real. Courtney Love
12,595. Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that. I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first – rock and roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me. (Jesus & Christianity & Rock Music & Fame) John Lennon
72,230. A famous writer who wants to continue writing has to be constantly defending himself against fame. (Fame & Writer) Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Writers at Work
72,231. For famous men have the whole earth as their memorial. Pericles
72,232. Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us. Ecclesiasticus 44:1
72,233. You know, fame is a funny thing, man, especially, you know, actors, musicians, rappers, rock singers, it’s kind of a lifestyle and it’s easy to get caught up in it – you go to bars, you go to clubs, everyone’s doing a certain thing ... It’s tough. Eminem
72,235. Honour means that a man is not exceptional; fame, that he is. Fame is something which must be won; honour, only something which must not be lost. (Fame & Honour) Arthur Schopenhauer
72,238. I almost choke on my popcorn when I hear film stars, who walk on red carpets as much as the rest of us do on zebra crossings, criticising youngsters who crave fame. Julie Burchill
72,239. Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls. (Fame & Passion) Edmund Burke
72,240. The present condition of fame is merely fashion. Gilbert K Chesterton
72,241. I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us – don’t tell!
They’d banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog! Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems