17 quotes about fame to get you thinking

QUOTES ABOUT FAMEDoes the idea of fame appeal to you, dear reader? That is being recognised and fêted wherever you go.

If it does then you’re not alone. Plenty of people share that aspiration.

However, before you chase fame it would be worth reflecting on its nature through today’s quotes about fame.

Many crave fame and many constantly strive to be famous, giving little or no thought to the price they’ll pay should they achieve any significant degree of fame.

Real fame implies universal recognition; being recognized literally wherever you go, anywhere in the world. Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Nelson Mandela are all examples of people who were truly famous and would still be recognized anywhere.

To people with no experience of real fame, it might seem like a nice idea to think that wherever you go everyone will know you. However, the novelty will wear off soon enough, once you realize the impact it has on your privacy and your ability to go about your daily life in ways that other people take for granted.

Allow me to offer you an example. A few years ago I was in a crowded London coffee shop and who should sit opposite me? Non-other than the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

Now he was minding his own business trying to do the things we all do; relax with his beverage of choice and so on.

However being in the presence of a Rock music legend and icon is not something that was going to happen to me every day, so I couldn’t resist the temptation to invade his privacy with a few inane questions.

His response was polite and good-natured and I admired him all the more for his professional approach.

Nevertheless, it must have been a little bit irritating for him deep down I’m sure. Privately he was probably thinking, “Oh please, give me a break! I’m off duty and I just came here for a quiet cup of coffee like everyone else.” For him, and many like him, that’s the price he continues to pay for his fame.

So if you’re chasing fame be prepared for the personal cost that will inevitably come with it. Fame might lead to riches for you but never forget that chains of gold are still chains.

You can do whatever you want but there is always a price to be paid somewhere.

Here are 17 inspirational quotes about fame to reinforce today’s underlying message.

Quotes about fame (1-10):

  1. Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate. ~Emily Dickinson
  2. Fame is a beast that you can’t control or be prepared for. ~Tom Holland
  3. A life without fame can be a good life, but fame without a life is no life at all. ~Clive James
  4. You can’t reverse fame. You can lose all the money, but you’ll never lose people knowing you. ~J. Cole
  5. We all want to be famous people and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free. ~Jiddu Krishnamurti
  6. So, my happiness doesn’t come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle. ~Nicki Minaj
  7. A celebrity is a person who works hard all of their life to become well known and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized. ~Fred Allen
  8. The strangest part about being famous is you don’t get to give first impressions anymore. Everyone already has an impression of you before you meet them. ~Kristen Stewart
  9. The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You’re in a conversation and everybody’s agreeing with what you’re saying – even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don’t want to hear. ~Al Pacino
  10. I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous, ‘Try being rich first’. See if that doesn’t cover most of it. There’s not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. But when you become famous, you end up with a 24-hour job. ~Bill Murray

Quotes about fame (11-17):

  1. Fame is the thirst of youth. ~Lord Byron
  2. Fame hit me like a ton of bricks. ~Eminem
  3. Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. ~Erma Bombeck
  4. The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune. ~Amelia Earhart
  5. Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. ~John Wooden
  6. I like to hide behind the characters I play. Despite the public perception, I am a very private person who has a hard time with the fame thing. ~Angelina Jolie
  7. The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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