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That fame is the universal passion is by nothing more discovered than by epitaphs. The generality of mankind are not content to sink ingloriously into the grave, but wish to be paid that tribute after their deaths, which in many cases may not be due to the virtues of their lives.

The temple of fame stands upon the grave; the flame upon its altars is kindled from the ashes of the dead.

The way to fame is like the way to heaven, through much tribulation.

There is not in the world so toilsome a trade as the pursuit of fame; life concludes before you have so much as sketched your work.

Those who despise fame seldom deserve it. - We are apt to undervalue the purchase we cannot reach, to conceal our poverty the better. - It is a spark that kindles upon the best fuel, and bums brightest in the bravest breast.

Time has a doomsday book, on whose pages he is continually recording illustrious names.-But as often as a new name is written there, an old one disappears.-Only a few stand in illuminated characters never to be effaced.

To get a name can happen but to few; it is one of the few things that cannot be brought. It is the free gift of mankind, which must be deserved before it will be granted, and is at last unwillingly bestowed.

What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous.

What is fame? - The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little.

Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that, and changes name as it changes direction.

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