Quotes about Celebrity, Fame and Fortune

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Obscurity and a competence—that is the life that is best worth living.
None despise fame more heartily than those who have no possible claim to it.
Fame is a boomerang.
My face is my passport.
Fame is a magnifying glass.
Fame is bought by happiness.
Fame separates you from life.
Fame creates its own standard.
That's what fame is: solitude.


Fame is a powerful aphrodisiac.


Fame is failure disguised as money.
Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.

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It's such a corrosive chemical: fame.
Famous, adj.  Conspicuously miserable.
Fame is proof that people are gullible.
Obscurity is the refuge of incompetence.
We're more popular than Jesus Christ now.
The highest form of vanity is love of fame.


My God, who do they think I am - everybody?
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.


Fame is a fickle food 
Upon a shifting plate.
Fame and tranquility can never be bedfellows.
Even the best things are not equal to their fame.
Blessed is he whose fame does not outshine his truth.
Fame is a pearl many dive for and only a few bring up.
You can get awful famous in this country in seven days.
Fame does not tarnish as honor does when it is unmerited.
I was the Toast of Two Continents: Greenland and Australia.
Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him.
The only man who wasn't spoilt by being lionized was Daniel.
One day you are a signature, next day, you are an autograph.


Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make famous.
We come closer and closer to degrading all fame into notoriety.
In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.
Fame is a food that dead men eat,
I have no stomach for such meat.
If a little learning is dangerous, a little fame can be devastating.
Fame!  It is the flower of a day, that dies when the next sun rises.
Fame is a bee.
It has a song—
It has a sting—
Ah, too, it has a wing.
Fame is like a smudge on your nose.  You can't see it.  Other people can.
Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.


To see one's name in print! Some people commit a crime for no other reason.

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Don't confuse fame with success.  One is Madonna; the other is Helen Keller.
Fame is very agreeable, but the bad thing is that it goes on 24 hours a day.
To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.


I don't mind if my skull ends up on a shelf as long as it's got my name on it.
A man's great fame must always be measured against the means used to acquire it.
Ah just love bein' famous, and ah think anybody who says they don't is full of shit.
Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another's fame.


Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.
Whenever the world throws rose petals at you, which thrill and seduce the ego, beware.
Our admiration is so given to dead martyrs that we have little time for living heroes.
Fame always brings loneliness.  Success is as ice cold and as lonely as the north pole.


The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it's their fault.
Once fame is necessary to our happiness, power to make us miserable lies in the hands of everyone.
You're always a little disappointing in person because you can't be the edited essence of yourself.
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become, and the same is true of fame.


Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.
I don't think I realized that the cost of fame is that it's open season on every moment of your life.
Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. I am the first man to piss his pants on the moon.
So this was fame at last!  Nothing but a vast debt to be paid to the world in energy, in blood, in time.

Fame achieved
by mere achievement
scarce deserves the name.
Proper fame
is being famous
simply for your fame.
Happy is the man who hath never known what it is to taste of fame — to have it is a purgatory, to want it is a hell.
Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that, and changes name as it changes direction.
At first you can stand the spotlight in your eyes.  Then it blinds you.  Others can see you, but you cannot see them.
Men often mistake notoriety for fame, and would rather be remarked for their vices and follies than not be noticed at all.

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It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.

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That equals to being a fool, having fame and no fortune. A lot of guys out there have fame doing this and doing that, but they are broke.


Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few; and that, too, at the expense of social pleasure, health, conscience, life.


The love of fame is almost another name for the love of excellence; or it is the ambition to attain the highest excellence, sanctioned by the highest authority, that of time.
Novelists, playwrights, painters and others may hold in their heads the expectation of fame, but not poets.  Having chosen that road, all one can dream of is the jealousy of one's rivals.


Those who taste the joys and sorrows of fame when they have passed forty know how to look after themselves.  They know what is concealed beneath the flowers, and what the gossip, the calumnies, and the praise are worth.
There are two manners of receiving recognition: one is to be discovered so long after one's death that one's grandchildren have to write to the papers to establish the relationship; the other is to be discovered, like the infant Moses, at the very outset of one's career.