God knows; I won't be an Oxford don anyhow. I'll be a poet, a writer, a dramatist. Somehow or other I'll be famous, and if not famous, I'll be notorious. Or perhaps I'll lead the life of pleasure for a time and then—who knows?—rest and do nothing. What does Plato say is the highest end that man can attain here below? To sit down and contemplate the good. Perhaps that will be the end of me too.
Reply to his friend and contemporary David Hunter-Blair who asked him what his real ambition was, in about 1878.
You're not famous until my mother knows about it.
I'm probably more famous for sitting on the toilet than for anything else that I do.
I won't be happy till I'm as famous as God.
I should like one of these days to be so well known, so popular, so celebrated, so famous, that it would permit me to break wind in society, and society would think it a most natural thing.
Honore de Balzac
Quoted in the Journals of Jules and Edmond de Goncourt (Mémoires de la vie littéraire) 1887
When I started out, I didn't have any desire to be an actress or to learn how to act. I just wanted to be famous.
I've always been famous, it's just no one knew it yet.
I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous.
Before I was famous, when I was just working in Gilbert's Lodge, everything was moving in slow motion.
You don't have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you.
Lolita is famous, not I. I am an obscure, doubly obscure, novelist with an unpronounceable name.
He never acted as if he was powerful or famous. Instead, he was always tender and welcoming, willing to help others with a smile or a joke.
Patch Adams, in "Patch Adams: ‘Thank You for All You’ve Given This World Robin, Thank You My Friend’" in TIME (12 August 2014)
Artists shouldn't be made famous.
The rich man will find a richer than himself; the greater glory of another will eclipse a man who is famous; a strong man will be conquered by a stronger.
Otto von Bismarck
Martin Luther King
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