I am sick and tired of publicity. I want no more of it. It puts me in a bad light. I just want to be forgotten.

- Al Capone, 1929

Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury—to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.

- Albert Einstein, 1931

I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.

- Aldous Huxley, 1925

FAMOUS, adj. Conspicuously miserable.

- Ambrose Bierce, 1906

I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue than why I have one.

- Cato the Elder, c. 184 BC

And what will history say of me a thousand years hence?

- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 59 BC

We all have a contract with the public—in us they see themselves, or what they would like to be.

- Clark Gable, 1935

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

- Dante Alighieri, c. 1315

Most authors seek fame, but I seek for justice—a holier impulse than ever entered into the ambitious struggles of the votaries of that fickle, flirting goddess.

- Davy Crockett, 1834

What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.

- Desiderius Erasmus, 1515

He who treats another human being as divine thereby assigns to himself the relative status of a child or an animal.

- E. R. Dodds, 1951

Happy is the man who hath never known what it is to taste of fame—to have it is a purgatory, to want it is a hell!

- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1843

Fame is but the empty noise of madmen.

- Epictetus, c. 100