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I courted fame but as a spur to brave and honest deeds; who despises fame wil soon renounce the virtues that deserve it.

If fame is only to come after death, I am in no hurry for it.

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth the writing.

In fame's temple there is always a niche to be found for rich dunces, importunate scoundrels, or successful butchers of the human race.

It is an indiscreet and troublesome ambition that cares so much about fame; about what the world says of us; to be always looking in the faces of others for approval; to be always anxious about the effect of what we do or say; to be always shouting to hear the echoes of our own voices.

It is the penalty of fame that a man must ever keep rising. - "Get a reputation, and then go to bed," is the absurdest of all maxims. - "Keep up a reputation or go to bed," would be nearer the truth.

It often happens that those of whom we speak least on earth are best known in heaven.

Let us satisfy our own consciences, and trouble not ourselves by looking for fame. If we deserve it, we shall attain it: if we deserve it not we cannot force it. The praise bad actions obtain dies soon away; if good deeds are at first unworthily received, they are afterward more properly appreciated.

Men think highly of those who rise rapidly in the world, whereas nothing rises quicker than dust, straw, and feathers.

Men think highly of those who rise rapidly in the world; whereas nothing rises quicker than dust, straw, and feathers.

Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water.

Milton neither aspired to present fame, nor even expected it. - His high ambition was (to use his own words), "To leave something so written, to after ages, that they should not willingly let it die." - And Cato finally observed, he would much rather posterity should ask why no statues were erected to him, than why they were.

Much of reputation depends on the period in which it rises. - In dark periods, when talents appear, they shine like the sun through a small hole in the window-shutter, and the strong beam dazzles amid the surrounding gloom. - open the shutter, and the general diffusion of light attracts no notice.

No true and permanent Fame can be founded except in labors which promote the happiness of mankind.

Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives.

Of course you want to be rich and famous. It's natural. Wealth and fame are what every man desires. The question is: What are you willing to trade for it?

Of present fame think little, and of future less; the praises that we receive after we are buried, like the flowers that are strewed over our grave, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead; the dead are gone, either to a place where they hear them not, or where, if they do, they will despise them.

Only the actions of the just smell sweet and blossom in the dust.

Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our nearer acquaintance with him; and we seldom hear of a celebrated person without a catalogue of some of his weaknesses and infirmities.

Suppose your candidate for fame pursues unremittingly the object of his love, through every difficulty and over every obstacle, till at last he overtakes her ladyship, and is permitted to kiss the hem of her garment on mount immortality, what will the dear-bought damsel boot him? If he take her to his bosom, she has no flesh and blood to warm it. If he taste of her lip, there is no more nectar in it than there are sunbeams in a cucumber. - Every rascal who has been bold and fearless enough, Nimrod, Cataline, and Tom Paine, all have had a smack at her before him: They have all more or less become famous, and will be remembered much longer than better men.


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