Fame Quotes

Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, does not consider glory and fame to be of great account unless they are achieved through having my subjects respect Dhamma and practice Dhamma, both now and in the future. For this alone does Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, desire glory and fame. And whatever efforts Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, is making, all of that is only for the welfare of the people in the next world, and that they will have little evil. And being without merit is evil. This is difficult for either a humble person or a great person to do except with great effort, and by giving up other interests. In fact, it may be even more difficult for a great person to do.

Ashoka the Great

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.

William Hazlitt

The great passion in a man's life may not be for women or men or wealth or toys or fame, or even for his children, but for his masculinity, and at any point in his life he may be tempted to throw over the things for which he regularly lays down his life for the sake of that masculinity. He may keep this passion secret from women, and he may even deny it to himself, but the other boys know it about themselves and the wiser ones know it about the rest of us as well.

Frank Pittman

One must choose between Obscurity with Efficiency, and Fame with its inevitable collateral of Bluff.

William McFee

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds


The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.

Blaise Pascal

Fame is not the glory; virtue is the goal, and fame only a messenger to bring more to the fold.

Vanna Bonta

Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.

Francis Bacon

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Fame is vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.

Horace Greeley

He who pursues fame at the risk of losing his self is not a scholar.


Fame is a by-product. Fame is something that should happen because you do work that speaks to people and people want to know about your work. Unfortunately the personality of people has taken over from the work and the artistry and it's this thing now that stands on its own. I don't think one should ever aspire to being famous.

Madonna Louise Ciccone

How do you meditate? You meditate with an inner cry. There should be an inner cry here, in the heart. The outer cry is ego-centred; it wants name and fame. ... While you are feeling this inner cry, you try to make the mind absolutely calm and quiet. If a thought enters your mind, you try to reject it. Consider this thought as a fly. When a fly comes to land on your arm, you don't allow the fly to remain; you just wave your hand and it goes away

Sri Chinmoy

In the march up to the heights of fame, there comes a spot close to the summit in which a man reads nothing but detective stories.

Heywood Broun

You see only the productions of second-rate folk who are in a hurry to get wealth and fame. The true knowledge, the deadly knowledge, is still kept secret. But, believe me, my friend, it is there.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir
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