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The greatest can but blaze and pass away.
      - Alexander Pope

What is fame? a fancied life in others' breath.
      - Alexander Pope

Let humble Allen, with an awkward shame,
  Do good by stealth, and blush to find it Fame.
      - Alexander Pope, Epilogue to Satire
         (dialogue I, l. 135)

Above all Greek, above all Roman fame.
      - Alexander Pope, Epistles of Horace
         (ep. I, bk. II, l. 26)

What's fame? a fancy'd life in others' breath.
  A thing beyond us, e'en before our death.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 237)

If parts allure thee, think how Bacon shin'd,
  The wisest, brightest, meanest of mankind:
    Or, ravish'd with the whistling of a name,
      See Cromwell, damn'd to everlasting fame.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 281)

And what is Fame? the Meanest have their Day,
  The Greatest can but blaze, and pass away.
      - Alexander Pope, First Book of Horace
         (ep. VI, l. 46)

Nor fame I slight, nor for her favors call;
  She comes unlooked for, if she comes at all.
      - Alexander Pope, Temple of Fame (l. 513)

Unblemish'd let me live or die unknown;
  Oh, grant an honest fame, or grant me none!
      - Alexander Pope, Temple of Fame (l. 523)

All crowd, who foremost shall be damn'd to fame.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
         (bk. III, l. 158)

In the career of female fame, there are few prizes to tie obtained which can vie with the obscure state of a beloved wife or a happy mother.
      - Jane Porter

The triumphs of the warrior are bounded by the narrow theatre of his own age. But those of a Scott, or a Shakespeare, will be renewed, with greater and greater lustre, in ages yet unborn, when the victorious chieftain shall be forgotten, or shall live only in the song of the minstrel, and the page of the chronicler.
      - William H. Prescott,
        History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, the Catholic

Time magnifies everything after death; a man's fame is increased as it passes from mouth to mouth after his burial.
  [Lat., Omnia post obitum fingit majora vetustas:
    Majus ab exsequiis nomen in ora venit.]
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius, Elegioe
         (III, 1, 23)

If opinion hath lighted the lamp of thy name, endeavor to encourage it with thy own oil, lest it go out and stink; the chronical disease of Popularity is shame; if thou be once up, beware; from fame to infamy is a beaten road.
      - Francis Quarles

We may elevate ourselves but we should never reach so high that we would every forget those who helped us get there.
      - Will Rogers

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

Fame is but the breath of the people, and that often unwholesome.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Fame and admiration weigh not a feather in the scale against friendship and love, for the heart languishes all the same.
      - George Sand (pseudonym of Mme. Armandine Lucile Dupon Dudevant)

May see thee now, though late, redeem thy name,
  And glorify what else is damn'd to fame.
      - Richard Savage,
        Character of the Rev. James Foster
         (l. 43)

Common fame is the only liar that deserveth to have some respect still reserved to it; though she telleth many an untruth, she often hits right, and most especially when she speaketh ill of men.
      - John Faucit Saville

Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

I'll make thee famous by my pen,
  And glorious by my sword.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Legend of Montrose
         (ch. XV)

Vain empty words
  Of honour, glory and immortal fame,
    Can these recall the spirit from its place,
      Or re-inspire the breathless clay with life?
        What tho' your fame with all its thousand trumpets,
          Sound o'er the sepulchres, will that awake
            The sleeping dead.
      - Dr. George Sewell

He lives in fame that died in virtue's cause.
      - William Shakespeare

It deserves with characters of brass,
  A forted residence, 'gainst the tooth of time
    And razure of oblivion.
      - William Shakespeare

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