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Reality is always the foe of famous names.

—Petrarch, 1337

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

—Madonna, c. 1985

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

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

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

FAMOUS, adj. Conspicuously miserable.

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

Fame is but the empty noise of madmen.

—Epictetus, c. 100

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

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

—Clark Gable, 1935

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

—Voltaire, 1723

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

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