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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

Fame is but the empty noise of madmen.

—Epictetus, c. 100

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

—Oscar Wilde, 1891

They are trying to make me into a fixed star. I am an irregular planet.

—Martin Luther, c. 1530

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

—Cato the Elder, c. 184 BC

Reality is always the foe of famous names.

—Petrarch, 1337

What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous.

—Voltaire, 1723

Fame is no sanctuary from the passing of youth. Suicide is much easier and more acceptable in Hollywood than growing old gracefully.

—Julie Burchill, 1986

I won’t be happy till I’m as famous as God.

—Madonna, c. 1985

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

—Aldous Huxley, 1925

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

—Pericles, c. 450 BC

When I do a show, the whole show revolves around me, and if I don’t show up, they can just forget it.

—Ethel Merman, c. 1955

If fame is only to come after death, I am in no hurry for it.

—Martial, c. 86