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It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
Nothing will come of nothing.
Isn't it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?
To be or not to be: that is the question.
Don't worry when you are not recognized but strive to be worthy of recognition.
Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal and not in reaching it.
All that glisters is not gold.
I would give all my fame for a pot of ale, and safety.
It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation and only one bad one to lose it.
I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.
Forget about being world famous, it's hard enough just getting the automatic doors at the supermarket to acknowledge our existence.
Fame is the inheritance, not of the dead but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity.
I'm shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I've done everything I can to avoid it.
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, be worthy of being known.
I hate the idea of success robbing you of your private life.
A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!
How many famous and high-spirited heroes have lived a day too long?
Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading. Their fame was due to their having done something that needed to be doing in their day. The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired.
The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.