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All people have the common desire to be elevated in honor, but all people have something still more elevated in themselves without knowing it.

—Mencius, c. 330 BC

Famous, adj. Conspicuously miserable.

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

Reality is always the foe of famous names.

—Petrarch, 1337

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

Those who know the joys and miseries of celebrities when they have passed the age of forty know how to defend themselves.

—Sarah Bernhardt, 1904

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

—Oscar Wilde, 1891

Now there is fame! Of all—hunger, misery, the incomprehension by the public—fame is by far the worst. It is the castigation by God of the artist. It is sad. It is true.

—Pablo Picasso, c. 1961

Men are generally more pleased with a widespread than with a great reputation.

—Pliny the Younger, c. 110

Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to go and get insulted.

—Sammy Davis Jr., 1965

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

—Cato the Elder, c. 184 BC

A woman’s greatest glory is to be little talked about by men, whether for good or ill.

—Pericles, c. 450 BC

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

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

—Erasmus, 1515