Fame Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old fame quotes, fame sayings, and fame proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A life without fame can be a good life, but fame without a life is no life at all. Clive James
The longer a man's fame is likely to last, the longer it will be in coming. Arthur Schopenhauer
People confuse fame with validation or love. But fame is not the reward. The reward is getting fulfillment out of doing the thing you love. Claire Danes
Fame is like a shaved pig with a greased tail, and it is only after it has slipped through the hands of some thousands, that some fellow, by mere chance, holds on to it! Davy Crockett
Fame is hollow. It amplifies what is there. If there is any self-doubt, or hatred, or lack of ability to connect with people, fame will magnify it. Alanis Morissette
If you wanna be famous, then it's okay if the music is fake, because fame isn't real. Josh Homme
With fame, you can't trust everybody. You can't depend on them being there for you as a person. They will only be there because of what you've got you as a person. They will only be there because of what you've got and what you can bring to their life. It's not a relationship-it's a leech. Chris Brown
Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls. Edmund Burke
The present condition of fame is merely fashion. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them. David Bowie
If you're lucky enough to be famous, then it's great if you can use your fame and the power your fame gives you to draw attention to things that really matter. Michael Schumacher
One of the downsides of being famous is that folks pay far more attention to you than they should. American celebrities are constantly under surveillance, and every word they say is subject to scrutiny. So, be careful what you wish for if you desire fame. No human being should be a goldfish. Bill O'Reilly
Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that, and changes name as it changes direction. Dante Alighieri
Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; riches take wings; the only earthly certainty is oblivion. Horace Greeley
Fame is the thirst of youth. Lord Byron
For children preserve the fame of a man after his death. Aeschylus
Fame is indeed beautiful and benign and gentle and satisfying, but happiness is something at once tender and brilliant beyond all things. Mary MacLane
There's a funny thing about fame. The truth is you run as fast as you can towards it because it's everything you want. Not just the fame but what it represents, meaning work, meaning opportunity. And then you get there, and it's shocking how immediately you become enveloped in this world that is incredibly restricting. George Clooney
Fame or perceived success - it all comes from groupthink. Chance The Rapper
Fame is something that is bestowed upon you because of success. Success is something you have to chase. Noel Gallagher
Fame is like a big piece of meringue - it's beautiful, and you keep eating it, but it doesn't really fill you up. Pierce Brosnan
Fame itself... doesn't really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant. David Bowie
You can't reverse fame. You can lose all the money, but you'll never lose people knowing you. J. Cole
If we should be blessed by some great reward, such as fame or fortune, it's the fruit of a seed planted by us in the past. Bodhidharma
In general, when you have success on the field, you're more popular, and you have that fame that comes with it. You realize you're in the public eye more, and you've got to be a little bit more careful about some of the things you're doing out in public and make sure you're smart about the things you say. Aaron Rodgers
Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men. Baruch Spinoza
Is fame without purpose and is fame without talent really where we are now? People used to be famous for what they did. Now, they're just famous. John Carroll Lynch
Fame can be just so annoying because people are so critical of you. You can't just say, 'hi'. You say hi and people whisper' man did you see the way she said hi? What an attitude. Juliette Lewis
Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives. Friedrich Schiller
The highest form of vanity is love of fame. George Santayana
Fame is damaging when people become reliant on it for their sense of self, and their identity, when fame is linked to how you see yourself. Daniel Radcliffe
Fame is a weird one. You need to distance yourself from it. People see a value in you that you don't see yourself. Benedict Cumberbatch
Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from. Publius Cornelius Tacitus
If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are. Oprah Winfrey
Never underestimate the power of being popular in pop culture. You have to be able to do something. You can have a good seat at the restaurant, but you still have to pay for the meal. Fame is important, but to be rich is more important. Gene Simmons
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. Mike Tyson
Fame is like the dessert that comes with your achievements - it's not an achievement in itself, but sometimes it can overpower the work. Adam Clayton
Fame is like caviar, you know - it's good to have caviar but not when you have it at every meal. Marilyn Monroe
Fame and fortune should never get in front of your passion. The passion will generate the fame and fortune, if you're good enough. Max Walker
All fame is is having people you don't know coming up to you and saying, 'Hello.' I'm always polite and people are always nice, but it's weird. Karl Pilkington
Fame and fortune are as hard to find as a lightning strike. P. N. Elrod
Fame is an unnatural construct and those who go in search of it are the least likely to find it. Ryan Adams
Fame doesn't end loneliness. Claire Danes
You know, fame is a funny thing, man, especially, you know, actors, musicians, rappers, rock singers, it's kind of a lifestyle and it's easy to get caught up in it - you go to bars, you go to clubs, everyone's doing a certain thing... It's tough. Eminem
Fame is a series of misunderstandings surrounding a name. Joni Mitchell
Fame is easy to acquire; impact is much more difficult. Hans Rosling
Fame comes and goes. Longevity is the thing to aim for. Tony Bennett
What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little. Lord Byron
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid. Francis Bacon
Fame doesn't fulfill you. It warms you a bit, but that warmth is temporary. Marilyn Monroe
It is in vain to try and stop a star from rising, even with a ladder. Matshona Dhliwayo
Fame and insecurity don’t usually mix well. Though the fame maybe easily attainable, acceptance by the masses to one’s satisfaction, usually isn’t. Robert Black
Fame is neither something to value nor to view as a threat. Adrienne Posey
The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well; and doing well whatever you do, without a thought of fame. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds. Socrates
Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate. Emily Dickinson
Fame is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such; it is an accident, not a property of man. Thomas Carlyle
Fame sometimes hath created something of nothing. Thomas Fuller
Toil, says the proverb, is the sire of fame. Euripides
Even the best things are not equal to their fame. Henry David Thoreau
I trust a good deal to common fame, as we all must. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There's not a thing on earth that I can name, so foolish, and so false, as common fame. John Wilmot
Fondness for fame is avarice of air. Edward Young
Some to the fascination of a name surrender judgment, hoodwinked. William Cowper
What a heavy burden is a name that has too soon become famous. Voltaire
If I'm such a legend, why am I so lonely? Judy Garland
All is temporary and ephemeral—fame and the famous, as well. Marcus Aurelius
Famous men have the whole earth as their memorial. Pericles
The way to fame is like the way to heaven, through much tribulation. Laurence Sterne
Fame and honor sometimes fall more fitly on those who do not desire them. Roman Proverb
Even for the wise, the desire for glory is the last of all passions to be laid aside. Roman Proverb
If you would acquire fame, let not the sun shine on you in bed. Spanish Proverb
Fame and repute follow a man to the door. Danish Proverb
Consider not death but the fame that will survive you. Irish Proverb
What is fame?—The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little. Leszezynski Stanislaus
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. Jean de La Bruyère
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. Samuel Johnson
The temple of fame stands upon the grave; the flame upon its altars is kindled from the ashes of the dead. William Hazlitt
It often happens that those of whom we speak least on earth are best known in heaven. Nicolas Caussin
Name, and not fame is the exact yardstick because fame is transitory, and in our times, fame is vulgar because it can actually be bought. Sandeep Balakrishna