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"Let us now praise famous men"--
  Men of little showing--
    For their work continueth,
      And their work continueth,
        Greater than their knowing.
      - Rudyard Kipling,
        Words prefixed to Stalky & Co.

We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free.
      - Jiddu Krishnamurti

There is no employment in the world so laborious as that of making to one's self a great name; life ends before one has scarcely made the first rough draught of his work.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

A woman's fame is the tomb of her happiness.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

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

Fame often rests at first upon something accidental, and often, too, is swept away, or for a time removed; but neither genius nor glory, is conferred at once, nor do they glimmer and fall, like drops in a grotto, at a shout.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Fame, they tell you, is air; but without air there is no life for any; without fame there is none for the best.
      - Walter Savage Landor

The fame of great men ought always to be estimated by the means used to acquire it.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Naked glory is the true and honorable recompense of gallant actions.
      - Alain Rene Le Sage

It is a very indiscreet and troublesome ambition which 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.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Time has a doomsday book, upon 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.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Fame comes only when deserved, and then is an inevitable as destiny, for it is destiny.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. I, ch. VIII)

Building nests in Fame's great temple,
  As in spouts the swallows build.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nuremberg
         (st. 16)

His fame was great in all the land.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Tales of a Wayside Inn--The Student's Tale--Emma and Eginhard
         (l. 50)

It is not without reason that fame is awarded only after death. The cloud-dust of notoriety which follows and envelops the men who drive with the wind bewilders contemporary judgment.
      - James Russell Lowell

The desire of posthumous fame and the dread of posthumous reproach and execration are feelings from the influence of which scarcely any man is perfectly free, and which in many men are powerful and constant motives of action.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

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.
      - Henry Mackenzie ("Man of Feeling" or "Addison of the North")

Who despises fame will soon renounce the virtues that deserve it.
      - David Mallet (originally Malloch)

And yet, after all, what is posthumous fame? Altogether vanity.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

And what after all is everlasting fame? Altogether vanity.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus),
        Med (4, 33)

If fame comes after death, I'm in no hurry for it.
  [Lat., Si post fata venit gloria non propero.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

If fame is only to come after death, I am in no hurry for it.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.
  [Lat., Nolo virum facili redimit qui sanquine famam;
    Hunc volo laudari qui sine morte potest.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (I, 9, 5)

If fame comes after death, I am in no hurry for it.
  [Lat., Si post fata venit gloria non propero.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (V, 10, 12)

Though the desire of fame be the last weakness
  Wise men put off.
      - Philip Massinger, The Very Woman
         (act V, sc. 4)

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