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.

Mahatma Gandhi

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.

Benjamin Franklin

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.

Johnny Depp

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.

Paul McCartney

A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!

How many famous and high-spirited heroes have lived a day too long?

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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.

Abraham Lincoln

I awoke one morning and found myself famous.

Having these colossal accolades and titles, they get in the way.

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

Oscar Wilde

If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are.

Oprah Winfrey

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


A lot of the problems I had with fame I was bringing on myself. A lot of self-loathing, a lot of woe-is-me. Now I'm learning to see the positive side of things, instead of like 'I can't go to Kmart. I can't take my kids to the haunted house.'

Because I think every child star suffers through this period, because you're not the cute and charming child that you were. You start to grow and they want to keep you little forever.

As a whole forest becomes fragrant by the existence of a single tree with sweet-smelling blossoms in it, so a family becomes famous by the birth of a virtuous son.

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost without deserving.

Fame is ultimately about the cycles of desire and how to do away with them or manage them well.

In the United States I am a great success, but I am not a celebrity.

I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me, I will be concerned at my own want of ability.