If you would be accounted great by your contemporaries, be not too much greater than they.
Certainly fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swoln, and drowns things weighty and solid.
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
I've never sought success in order to get fame and money; it's the talent and the passion that count in success.
It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
Folly loves the martyrdom of fame.
I awoke one morning and found myself famous.
My great comfort is, that the temporary celebrity I have wrung from the world has been in the very teeth of all opinions and prejudices.
All is ephemeral — fame and the famous as well.
As for life, it is a battle and a sojourning in a strange land; but the fame that comes after is oblivion.
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