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Fame Quotes


These are some of the best 'Fame' quotations and sayings.

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A man who cannot win fame in his own age, will have a very small chance of winning it from posterity. - There may be some half dozen exceptions to this truth among myriads that attest it; but what man of common sense would invest any large amount of hope in so unpromising a lottery?

An earthly immortality belongs to a great and good character. - History embalms it; it lives in its moral influence, in its authority, in its example, in the memory of its words and deeds.

As the pearl ripens in the obscurity of its shell, so ripens in the tomb all the fame that is truly precious.

Common fame is the only liar that deserves to have some respect. - Though she tells many an untruth, she often hits right, and most especially when she speaks ill of men.

Even the best things are not equal to their fame.

Fame - a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on.

Fame is a flower upon a dead man's heart.

Fame is a revenue payable only to our ghosts; and to deny ourselves all present satisfaction, or to expose ourselves to so much hazard for this, were as great madness as to starve ourselves or fight desperately for food to be laid on our tombs after our death.

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.

Fame is but the breath of people, and that often unwholesome.

Fame is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such, it is an accident, not a property of man.

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.

Fame, like the river, is narrowest where it is bred, and broadest afar off.

Few people make much noise after their deaths who did not do so while living.

Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.

He that pursues fame with just claims, trusts his happiness to the winds; but he that endeavors after it by false merit, has to fear, not only the violence of the storm, but the leaks of his vessel.

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

Human life is too short to recompense the cares which attend the most private condition: therefore it is, that our souls are made, as it were, too big for it; and extend themselves in the prospect of a longer existence, in good fame, and memory of worthy actions, after our decease.

I am not covetous for gold; but if it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul alive.

I awoke one morning and found myself famous.


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