Best Quotes About Fame

Andy Warhol made fame more famous. -Fran Lebowitz

Mickey Mouse… is always there-he's part of my life. That really is something not everyone can call their claim to fame. -Annette Funicello

Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name! -Walter Savage Landor

I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name. -Emily Dickinson

The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up. -Jean Cocteau

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. -Moliere

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

Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. -Erma Bombeck

If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. -Henry David Thoreau

I'm not after fame and success and fortune and power. It's mostly that I want to have a good job and have good friends; that's the good stuff in life. -Drew Barrymore

He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure. The dread of censure is the death of genius. -William Gilmore Simms

If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause; to an ardent, generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame; a passion which is the instinct of all great souls. -Edmund Burke

Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from. -Tacitus

I may be revered or defamed and decried; But I tried to live my life right. -Tracy Chapman

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

The fame you earn has a different taste from the fame that is forced upon you. -Gloria Vanderbilt

You are not born for fame if you don't know the value of time. -Luc de Clapiers

Oblivion is the rule and fame the exception, of humanity. -Antoine Rivarol

What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism. -Desiderius Erasmus

Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls. -Edmund Burke

Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again. -Francis Bacon

Folly loves the martyrdom of fame. -Lord Byron

The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them. -Jean Genet

There is not in the world so toilsome a trade as the pursuit of fame; life concludes before you have so much as sketched your work. -Jean de la Bruyere

Fame is the echo of actions, resounding them to the world, save that the echo repeats only the last art, but fame relates all, and often more than all. -Thomas Fuller

A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame and money, but even… without any hope of doing it well. -Oliver Herford

Some people obtain fame, others deserve it. -Doris Lessing

The highest form of vanity is love of fame. -George Santayana

Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame. -Arthur Schopenhauer

The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom. -Sun Tzu

It's not the money. It's not the fame. It's the influence. -Clay Aiken

Acquaintance lessens fame. -Claudius

Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true. -Leonard Cohen

To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten. -Emil Cioran

If fame is to come only after death, I am in no hurry for it. -Marcus Valerius Martial

Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them. -Blaise Pascal

The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death. -Blaise Pascal

What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little. -Lord Byron

I don't think I realized that the cost of fame is that it's open season on every moment of your life. -Julia Roberts

A life lived with integrity – even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come. -Denis Waitley

Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives. -Friedrich Schiller

Of present fame think little, and of future less; the praises that we receive after we are buried, like the flowers that are strewed over our grave, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead. -Charles Caleb Colton

The present condition of fame is merely fashion. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

One to destroy, is murder by the law; and gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe; to murder thousands, takes a specious name, 'War's glorious art', and gives immortal fame. -Edward Young

Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you, fame. If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle. So at least it's something I experience, but that's not where I live. -Marilyn Monroe

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

Living in L.A., everyone likes to mold you and change you. I don't care about fame, I don't care about being a celebrity. I know that's part of the job, but I don't feed into anyone's idea of who I should be. -Jessica Alba

I'm shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I've done everything I can to avoid it. -Johnny Depp

Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being. -A. A. Milne

Sometimes I'm uncomfortable with the level of fame I've got! It all depends on the day and what's going on. I don't desire any more fame. I don't need it. -Philip Seymour Hoffman

To copy beauty forfeits all pretense to fame; to copy faults is want of sense. -Charles Churchill

No true and permanent fame can be founded except in labors which promote the happiness of mankind. -Charles Sumner

It was never the fame or fortune that drove me to act. It was something I love and enjoy doing it. A lot of people identify who they are by what they do and that's not me. It's what I do but not who I am. Who I am is a parent. I'm a family man. -Adam Baldwin

To me, the whole idea of fame and I think it can be a real test of somebody, of who they are. You know, 'cause some strange things happen. I've seen some peculiar things as far as a person just living their life. -Tobey Maguire

I've stopped caring about skeptics, but if they libel or defame me they will end up in court. -Uri Geller

Luckily, thanks to the way my parents taught me, I think I can handle the fame in the right manner. -Alessandro Del Piero

It's been a tremendous ride. My 15 years, my 15 minutes of fame, is up. -Emmitt Smith

Indeed, wretched the man whose fame makes his misfortunes famous. -Lucius Accius

My only claim to fame, if I have one, is that I'm an editor. -Woody Herman

My kids are not known, and I think that is very important. So far they have lived a normal life, and will continue to do so. I feel they should have the possibility to live a free life without the burden of fame I have created. -Michael Schumacher

The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame, each of them, by a single sentence consisting of two or three words. -Robert South

I hope this doesn't sound pompous but I don't think of myself as famous, whatever fame I've got has come through what I've done and associations of things I've done. -Peter Cushing

He is not dead who departs from life with a high and noble fame; but he is dead, even while living, whose brow is branded with infamy. -Ludwig Tieck

Everyone in showbiz is driven by ego, so how do you go from having loads of fame to working at 7-11? You can't do it! -Ryan Seacrest

It's not about the fame and the money because if you do good work all that stuff comes. -David Cassidy

I like young actors because they're so unspoiled, not like some of those actors who are about half an hour into their fifteen minutes of fame by the time they get to me. -John Hughes

I was trained to be an actor, not a star. I was trained to play roles, not to deal with fame and agents and lawyers and the press. -Gene Hackman

Ah, dearer than my soul. Dearer than light, or life, or fame. -John Oldham

Acting is a life experience. I'm always learning things when I'm making a movie. So the fame part of it is fine when you consider what you get out of this job. -Kate Bosworth

If you live through the initial stage of fame and get past it, and remember thats not who you are. If you live past that, then you have a hope of maybe learning how to spell the word artist. -Patrick Swayze

Preserve my artistic creativity and ennoble my artistic fame. -Giacomo Meyerbeer

Getting buried alive will always be my claim to fame. -Crystal Chappell

I courted fame but as a spur to brave and honest deeds; who despises fame will soon renounce the virtues that deserve it. -David Mallet

I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers. -William Tecumseh Sherman

Maybe it's my 15 minutes of fame, maybe it's longer. -Jane Harman

Regarding fame, fortune and Oregon I do wish I had more money. -John Fahey

As for fame, it can go to your head and you can become full of yourself. -John Fahey

It worries me that young singers think you can shortcut the training and go straight to fame and fortune, and programmes like Pop Idol have encouraged that. -Lesley Garrett

I just want the money and the fame and the adoration, and I don't want any of the other stuff. -Matthew Broderick

Don't cling to fame. You're just borrowing it. It's like money. You're going to die, and somebody else is going to get it. -Sonny Bono

I like the level of fame that I have. You get nice tables in restaurants sometimes, but fame isn't something that I find comfortable. -Aidan Quinn

It is a good motive, fame and money, as it is tangible and measurable. Being an artist is neither measurable nor tangible and certainly not a way to become rich. -Dirk Benedict

I equate fame towards people who know your work, people who will see your work. But all that stuff, like with the Genies and stuff like that, it was so much fun. It's so much fun and it's nice when it comes, but that's not what it's all about. -Sandra Oh

It takes a very strange person to enjoy fame, with all the by-products that come with it. It's not necessarily a thrill. -Kelsey Grammer

You have to work in this business on your own terms. Don't sell out for money, fame, or notoriety. -Morgan Brittany

I've experienced as much fame as I ever want to. -Trevor Dunn

I've been through this fame thing before, when the band was big in '80, '81. -John Lurie

If you live for fame, men may turn against you. -Matthew Simpson

But once I acclimated and really used fame for what it was offering me as a tool to serve my life purpose of inspiring and contributing, then it started to get fun again. -Alanis Morissette

I would advise all youths aspiring to athletic fame or a professional career to practice clean living, fair play and good sportsmanship. -Major Taylor

You're asking the wrong girl about fame. I'm hardly famous. I wouldn't want to trade places with anyone else. -Nikki Cox

I guess it comes back to the old motto, you have you're fifteen minutes a fame. -Steve Brown

A lot of celebrities, especially when you're talking about the really big ones, live in what I call the fame bubble. Nobody ever says no to them or challenges them or even teases them. -Kathy Griffin

I'm glad that he's got all this behind him. And I'm pretty sure that there's a lot of people – and there are certain people that don't report the news accurate for their own personal fame and gain. And they know who they are. -Tito Jackson

I'm trying to deal with ideas about histories, fame, hearsay, and how public identities are constructed. -Barbara Kruger

You can take Elvis. You can take Marilyn Monroe. Success and fame will not be the answer if something inside of you is bothering you, if things in your mind aren't going right. -Linda Evans

I don't enjoy being a celebrity, I don't want any part of that or any part of that fame for fame… i'd actually rather die than be a celebrity slime!!! -Marc Almond

Personally, fame never really played any part in our family life. -Oliver Hudson

Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame, obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed. -William Whitehead

I hated my brief fame. We had TV vans camped outside my house, reporters hounded me… people i'd know for years started treating me differently. -Malcolm Wilson

I now believe that major labels can only work with people who care more about fame and money than the quality of the art they produce. -Malcolm Wilson

Socrates' fame spread all over Greece, and the most respected and educated men from all around came to him, in order to enjoy his friendly company and instruction. -Moses Mendelssohn

I wouldn't know how I would have coped with The Beatles' sort of fame. -Noel Redding

Bud Johnson, God rest his soul of fame, a tenor saxophonist. Bud was always a big, big, big booster of mine and he always when I first met Bud in Pittsburgh when he came through there, he heard me sing and he wanted me to come to Chicago. -Billy Eckstine

It's about a young man who has climbed to fame and he discovers that his writing and the relationship with his wife are really more important for him than anything else. -Ismail Merchant

If we should be blessed by some great reward, such as fame or fortune, it's the fruit of a seed planted by us in the past. -Bodhidharma

It is to be regretted that few persons who have arrived at any degree of eminence or fame, have written Memorials of themselves, at least such as have embraced their private as well as their public life. -Adam Clarke

I think people often confuse success with fame and stardom. -Brenda Blethyn

When I started off, I didn't only ride to fame on my looks though many people I know think otherwise. -Natasha Henstridge

I was the executive editor on a little magazine called Greek Accent, whose only claim to fame is that its art director went on to be the art director of Discover for many years. -Jane Haddam

Your aim will be knowledge and wisdom, not the reflected glamour of fame. -Abbott L. Lowell

Whatever the opposite of regret is best describes how I've always felt about that decision – it opened me up to a million creative opportunities I needed to experience away from the bull and distorting mirrors that fame engenders. -David Knopfler

You want to live your own life, but when you have fame, there are certain things you can't get away with. -Omar Epps

I made enough money to buy a house. That's crazy, but fame proved ephemeral. -Moon Unit Zappa

A lot of celebrities just want money, fame, power, fancy cars, houses all over the world and have people bow down to them. To me, that's frightful behaviour. -Shirley Manson

He's just like my father that way-my father just adored my mother and let her do whatever she wanted. John's like that. He's a very rare man, a very good man, and I've had a good life with him. I'm proud to be walking in the wake of Johnny's fame. -June Carter Cash

It was difficult being a teacher and out of the closet in the '50s. By the time I retired, the English department was proud of having a gay poet of a certain minor fame. It was a very satisfactory change! -Thom Gunn

I wanted to be an actress. In college I was a serious feminist and very political. I was determined to get one thing out of my career and that was respect. I didn't want money. I didn't care about fame. -Christine Lahti

At the end of my life, I have achieved belated fame and recognition in the city of my birth. -Leon Askin

I've seen many of my contemporaries become superstars, and the way fame and fortune starts to really affect the way they treat other people, and I think it's ugly. -Siobhan Fahey

I believe some people in this business suffer from fame because they behave in a famous fashion. -Stephen Rea

I just hope I can live long enough to see the fame. -Robert Mapplethorpe

We never really felt a real level of respect. The fame was fantastic, but that wasn't that important to me, because for every million people that loved me I focused on the one that hated me. -Donnie Wahlberg

Music for me is an emotional thing and it really does make me happy. It's not a tool for me to get fame or see my face in the papers or anything like that. It's about the fact that I really do enjoy it. -Ville Valo

The fame aspect of winning the Masters… besides being married and becoming a father, that's a strong third there. -Mike Weir

You have to be there not for the fame and glory and recognition and being a page in a history book, but you have to be there because you believe your talent and ability can be applied effectively to operation of the spacecraft. -Alan Shepard

Whether you are an astronomer or a life scientist, geophysicist, or a pilot, you've got to be there because you believe you are good in your field, and you can contribute, not because you are going to get a lot of fame or whatever when you get back. -Alan Shepard

Who has the fame to be an early riser may sleep till noon. -James Howell

I don't think about my fame very much. -Calvin Klein

I guess I don't have a proper perspective on my fame; if I did, I don't think I'd like it. -Calvin Klein

I didn't get into making music for the fame aspect. There are people who do desire that. -Sheryl Crow

I love the fame and the money and the power. You have to keep working to have that. -Steve Guttenberg

I've done all this stuff because it's fun. It's never been about fame. -Elle Macpherson

People can get certain good things out of fame, but until it killed a princess nobody ever talked about how bad it can be. -Sherry Stringfield

The problem with fame is that you get frozen in one frame and nothing you can do can alter the nature. -Jerry Rubin

If you're a musician or actor, you know that if you're successful, some level of fame goes along with that. You're prepared. But how often does that happen to a programmer? -Shawn Fanning

We're not aware of fame itself, we're not that kind of band. -Ed O'Brien

Nevertheless there are certain peaks, canons, and clear meadow spaces which are above all compassing of words, and have a certain fame as of the nobly great to whom we give no familiar names. -Mary Hunter Austin

Otherwise, to be a movie star, it's a lot of compromise and also a lot of headaches. You can't do what you want. You become a prisoner of your fame. This happened to me in France and I don't want it. -Olivier Martinez

Wealth, beauty, and fame are transient. When those are gone, little is left except the need to be useful. -Gene Tierney

I've never been driven by fame or money or anything like that. It's never been part of my psyche. -Richard O'Brien

I've written enough books with real celebrities, such as Walter Payton and Hank Aaron and Billy Graham, to know that fame looks good only to people who don't have it. -Jerry B. Jenkins

So all the rest is O.K., but fame is a hollow ground, isn't it? It's an empty kind of thing. -Richard O'Brien

Every day, I work at not taking this fame thing seriously. Fortunately, I have a great group of friends who help me do this. -Bruce Willis

I feel sorry for these kids in bands. Everything is so disposable nowadays. These kids don't even get 15 minutes of fame, it's like a minute and a half. -Zakk Wylde

I don't have a problem with fame. I got into this business intending to be very successful, but I wanted it to be at my price. -Jason Patric

The difference is that with fame comes a spotlight, one which has recently made it impossible to ignore the fact that more and more of those folks we place on pedestals aren't even pausing to consider an option other than lying. -Michael Musto

It is a good thing to happen to you, to have that taste of fame because then you don't hanker for it. -Jane Badler

That has always seemed to me one of the stranger aspects of literary fame: you prove your competence as a writer and an inventor of stories, and then people clamour for you to make speeches and tell them what you think about the world. -J. M. Coetzee

If it turns out to be a hit, well, good luck dealing with fame. And if it's not a hit and you can still survive and make music you believe in, well, then you're truly blessed. I think that's where we are now. -Edie Brickell

George Harrison was also a pleasure to work with. He was one of the most famous people I've ever known, but in spite of that fame, he was such a nice and friendly guy. -Alvin Lee

I'm the age now that Rock was when he picked me up, so I can understand how he felt – how his fame limited his freedom. You get kinder as you go along. -Armistead Maupin

All fame ever does for you is get attention for the work you really want to do. -Jonathan Frid

I don't need the fame right now; I'm not running from the law. -Tina Yothers

The meetings of the legislature at Springfield then first brought together that splendid group of young men of genius whose phenomenal careers and distinguished services have given Illinois fame in the history of the nation. -John George Nicolay

All the work built my fame and certainly made me more money, but the toll it took in my home was not good. -Jamie Lee Curtis

I loved acting, which was never about money, the fame. It was about a search for meaning. It was painful. -Kim Novak

I want fame more than I can tell. But more than I want fame I want happiness. -Mary MacLane

If this fame, which people call my lucky break, were to stop tomorrow, I shouldn't care. -Brigitte Bardot

The fame and reputation part came later, and never was much of a motivator, although it did enable me to work without feeling guilty about neglecting my studies. -Linus Torvalds

That equals to being a fool, having fame and no fortune. A lot of guys out there have fame doing this and doing that, but they are broke. -Mike Tyson

At root fame is a sham. I'm not going to live forever and if I am I certainly need don't you to tell me that so that I will buy a car or a box of dried up crackers. -Nick Mancuso

I don't want to take fame for granted because that is when you start to think you are better than everyone else. That is when you start thinking that you are someone that you are not. -Mandy Moore

Men's fame is like their hair, which grows after they are dead, and with just as little use to them. -George Villiers

One of the drawbacks of fame is that one can never escape from it. -Nellie Melba

To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I care for. -Alexander Smith

Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame. -Robert Burns

If cash comes with fame, come fame; if cash comes without fame, come cash. -Jack London

The longer a man's fame is likely to last, the longer it will be in coming. -Arthur Schopenhauer

The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune. -Amelia Earhart

A life without fame can be a good life, but fame without a life is no life at all. -Clive James

Integrity of life is fame's best friend, which nobly, beyond death, shall crown in the end. -John Webster

I feel like fame is wasted on me. -Ben Affleck

Whatever fame came did so not because I sought it. -Jo Stafford

In Italian there is an expression: We don't sleep on the fame. -Donatella Versace

Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that, and changes name as it changes direction. -Dante Alighieri

People are intrigued by fame, power and wealth and I think Hollywood is the only place where you get all three together. -Jackie Collins

Since fame is an illusion and death is in our future all we have is the next moment before we are swallowed into oblivion. -Al Goldstein

The fame that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; intellectual superiority is a possession glorious and eternal. -Sallust

If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame, what is the value of other ornamentation? -Chanakya

A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them! -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

If I became a philosopher, if I have so keenly sought this fame for which I'm still waiting, it's all been to seduce women basically. -Jean-Paul Sartre

We're constantly striving for success, fame and comfort when all we really need to be happy is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars. -Henry David Thoreau

It's very easy to be cynical about the hall of fame. But on the other hand, it's really a beautiful thing for someone like me. I dedicated my entire life to this music. -Tom Petty

I always regarded people who want fame with a lot of suspicion. Unless you have a product to sell, I don't know why anyone would want to be famous. I can't imagine what need that would fill. -Jessica Cutler

France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme. -Matthew Arnold

The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle. -Heraclitus

The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Honor means that a man is not exceptional; fame, that he is. Fame is something which must be won; honor, only something which must not be lost. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Reputation is favorable notoriety as distinguished from fame, which is permanent approval of great deeds and noble thoughts by the best intelligence of mankind. -George William Curtis

For children preserve the fame of a man after his death. -Aeschylus

Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed. -Alfred North Whitehead

My friends are all really nice about my fame, they're just curious really, they ask lots of questions. -Emma Watson

The fact that my 15 minutes of fame has extended a little longer than 15 minutes is somewhat surprising to me and completely baffling to my wife. -Barack Obama

I think if you're fame-hungry, go out to a nightclub and get drunk… why do that? I don't understand how some people would want fame so bad that they'd go out and get negative attention to earn it. -Zac Efron

I don't care about money or fame or anything like that, but it would be a perk. -Lucas Grabeel

Passion is the thing that sustains you in acting. If you're doing it for fame and money, don't even bother because it will never happen. The last thing I ever expected was to be paid for this. -Scott Patterson

I think it's easy for people to assume that fame is equal to glory, but it can be a very isolating experience. -Sophia Bush

With fame, you can't trust everybody. You can't depend on them being there for you as a person. They will only be there because of what you've got you as a person. They will only be there because of what you've got and what you can bring to their life. It's not a relationship-it's a leech. -Chris Brown

I live my life parallel with my work, and they are both equally important. I'm always amazed how much people talk about celebrity and fame. I don't understand the attraction. -Cate Blanchett

Money and fame made me believe I was entitled. I was wrong and foolish. -Tiger Woods

I used to shy away from publicity so as not to let it get in the way of the work. But it's part of the job. The tabloids are a whole other arena. If fame happens, it happens. I just want to maintain focus. -Giovanni Ribisi

My goal and my career is definitely not to be famous. That's a really horrible goal, just to be famous for the sake of having fame. -Joel McHale

One thing that people keep on saying to me is that the wealth and the fame must have made up for missing out on my childhood. But the idea of money – putting a price on your childhood – is ridiculous. You will never get those years back and you can't put a price on them. -Tom Felton

And to me, fame is not a positive thing. The idea of being famous is a lot better than the reality. It's fantastic when you go to premieres and people cheer you, but it's not real. And it's totally not my approach to get my name on a club door just because I can. -Tom Felton

I imagine like most of us that I'd like obscene amounts of money but the people I met and worked with who have those obscene amounts of money and have obscene amounts of fame have awful lives. Really. I mean hideously compromised lives. And I can go anywhere. No one knows who I am. -Jason Isaacs

In the book of Gaga, fame is in your heart, fame is there to comfort you, to bring you self-confidence and worth whenever you need it. -Lady Gaga

I'd much rather see a world where, when you make some quirky comment on a blog or news story or you upload a video clip, instead of just a moment of fame for your pseudonym, you'll get 50 bucks. The first time that happens, you'll realise that you're a full-class citizen. You have the potential to make money from the system. -Jaron Lanier

I like a guy who makes me laugh, doesn't care about the fame, the show, he just likes me for me, he likes Nicole. -Nicole Polizzi

I have never wanted to be famous, as such – fame is a by-product. -Steve Coogan

I take things like honor and loyalty seriously. It's more important to me than any materialistic thing or any fame I could have. -Lloyd Banks

I was falsely arrested twice, slandered and defamed. -Foxy Brown

The whole fame and fortune thing is addictive. -Jimmy Nail

I told Clinton I want him to rush for 2,000 yards. And I want our team to go to the Super Bowl and win it. I've been there and not won it. It's really simple for me. You get stats, fame and fortune, but if you don't end up with the ring you're never satisfied. -Shaun Alexander

I guess my claim to fame is I've now gaveled Ted Kennedy to order twice. -Amy Klobuchar

I absolutely refuse the fame part of my business. I refuse even the money side of my business. I try to do as good work as I can do, I try to grow in my art and reach for truth. That's what I want from my art, that's what I aspire to. -Connie Nielsen

But the thing is, I was never looking at a strategic way of gaining fame. That's not why I'm doing this. -Lily Collins

Some people can handle fame, some can't. -Jonny Lee Miller

I actually work at my craft, and I actually want to be the best in my category, and I want to be a true actress. And a lot of people just want fame, and there's a huge difference. -Chloe Grace Moretz

A lot of people are like, 'So you want to be famous.' And I'm like, 'No, I want to be good at my craft. I don't care about fame, I don't care if I even ever make it. As long as people know what I am as an actress in this business, I'm set for my career right now.' -Chloe Grace Moretz

I think fame is harder when people have something to hide, but I'm very comfortable, and have nothing to hide. -Nicole Richie

The real bummer of fame is that at some point you're bound to get demoted. -Paulina Porizkova

I don't even think about fame at all. -Leighton Meester

There's no difference between fame and infamy now. There's a new school of professional famous people that don't do anything. They don't create anything. -Ricky Gervais

I'm terrified of being too famous. What I'm really afraid of is that the audiences will go into the theater and not be able to forget that it's me, that fame will stand in the way of my acting. I want to keep being able to change into different shapes and different personalities. -Noomi Rapace

I went to a regular school, not one of those fame academy things. -Alyson Hannigan

I started to hate fame, I didn't want to go out, because I didn't want to be recognised for what I was being recognised for. -Charlie Simpson

People are looking for fame or a focus, and I can't provide that. -Will Oldham

I wanted fame, but I thought it would be incremental, and I became afraid of the overnight-sensation thing. -Wes Bentley

I don't play golf for fame. -Bubba Watson

I know I have this level of celebrity, of fame, international, national, whatever you want to call it, but it's a pretty surreal thing to think sometimes that you're in the middle of another famous person's life and you think to yourself, 'How the hell did I get famous? What is this some weird club that we're in?' -Kevin Costner

The money, the fame, if that comes, that's fantastic. But at the end of the day, my aim is to go to sleep at night content and have a purpose, and to know that I'm not swapping my life for money and some mind-numbing boring job, making easy money and protecting my brain. -Mark de Mori

I sometimes wonder if the tragedies my family has suffered are a kind of karmic price for all the fame and fortune the Bee Gees have had. -Robin Gibb

I always wanted it, the fame. When it come, I didn't want to let it go. -Samantha Fox

I had an early taste of fame. I was 20, going out with TV presenter Dani Behr and we'd have paparazzi chasing us. I'm not comfortable being photographed, though I accept it is part of the job. I had to ask myself, 'What comes first, being a celebrity or footballer?' -Ryan Giggs

I think anybody who's famous has to deal with their fame in their own way, and I dealt with it by making a film about a kid who's looking out into the world of celebrity obsession. -Adrian Grenier

I love traveling. It not only opens my mind up, but it also allows me to use my fame in another way through humanitarian works and stuff, and being an influence around the world. -Chris Tucker

I don't put weight on fame, and having people around me just because I am famous makes me feel really bad about myself. -Jessica Alba

There is no need to smear my name or to defame my character for the sake of news. -Ricky Williams

Well, any time you're faced with fame on that level, it's – it can be somewhat unnerving because you're never taught how to manage it and how to deal with it. So you're sort of left out there on your own, trying to navigate those waters for yourself. -Jason Priestley

The action films I will make in the future will be more believable and character-based. I am now on my second cycle of fame, and I want to make films that smell real and are truthful. -Jean-Claude Van Damme

Dozens of America's wealthiest taxpayers – including hedge fund legend Michael Steinhardt, super trial lawyer Guy Saperstein, and Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's fame – have appealed to President Obama not to renew the Bush tax cuts for anyone earning more than $1 million a year. -Joe Conason

I'm not a rock star. Sure I am, to a certain extent because of the situation, but when kids ask me how it feels to be a rock star, I say leave me alone, I'm not a rock star. I'm not in it for the fame, I'm in it because I like to play. -Eddie Van Halen

Some people want fame, popularity and huge sales. I've always hoped to have a really long career. So I've tried to make each of my creative decisions and business decisions to allow for longevity. As a side effect I got really famous and really big. I didn't realize the two could go together. -Jewel

There is no schooling for fame and success. You learn as you walk. -Corey Hart

I've got wealth and fame but I haven't changed my roots. -Craig Charles

Coming from having absolutely nothing to having a few grand in the bank, it was a big culture leap. I think that's why I went off the rails a bit really, 'cause there was no training for it. They didn't do fame in schools. -Craig Charles

I didn't have parents who were, you know, racing to get a reality television show, you know? Or looking to benefit in some way from their daughter's fame. -Molly Ringwald

It's very confusing when fame comes early on in your career. You get a little bit bent out of shape in terms of what's important. Fame is like the dessert that comes with your achievements – it's not an achievement in itself, but sometimes it can overpower the work. -Adam Clayton

There was definitely a moment, a time after 'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle', when I did get offered a lot of women in jeopardy-type roles. But I couldn't do it, physically, I just couldn't. But now I know what I know, I wonder if I should have played the whole fame game a little more. -Annabella Sciorra

I don't consider myself a rock star chef, I really don't. I cook for a living and I try to help out as many people as I can in my life and that's all I care about. I don't care about the fame of television, I use to a lot. -Robert Irvine

This is why I wanted to be different and why I wanted to have power and fame and money: because I wanted to be attractive to the opposite sex. I'd be lying to you if I didn't say that was a big part of it. -Michael Buble

I've got a very peculiar sort of fame, based on being on the telly. It doesn't mean you have the lifestyle people expect. -Ian Hislop

It's very hard not to let fame affect you because you are continually being told how good you are. After a while you begin to think there must be some truth in it because all those people can't be wrong. -Jack Wild

I've always been profoundly ambivalent about fame. I think it just eats the reality out of you and it can be intoxicating because I like some of it. -Jane Pauley

That'll be my claim to fame: My grandmother-in-law is the oldest iPad user! -Daniel Clowes

I couldn't lie to get myself fame and fortune. -Dave Pelzer

Obviously there's something very seductive about movies, which can be attractive in a bad way if you're doing them for the wrong reasons – for money, or for fame. -Andrew Garfield

I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame. -Alice Walker

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.' -Eminem

You know, fame is a funny thing, man, especially, you know, actors, musicians, rappers, rock singers, it's kind of a lifestyle and it's easy to get caught up in it – you go to bars, you go to clubs, everyone's doing a certain thing… It's tough. -Eminem

I think the concept of seeking fame and fortune in women's football in the States is a bit idyllic. Look at all the teams in America that have folded, and the leagues. -Hope Solo

Money is a good thing and it's obviously useful, but to work only for money or fame would never interest me. -Annie Lennox

My real big Internet claim to fame is the fact that I was first to jailbreak the iPhone. -Chris Hughes

I was for sure not prepared for fame when it happened. -Vanessa Paradis

I did stand-up comedy for 18 years. Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four years were spent in wild success. I was seeking comic originality, and fame fell on me as a byproduct. The course was more plodding than heroic. -Steve Martin

When you're a performer, of course you want an audience, but it's very, very different from courting fame. -Cate Blanchett

I understand why people achieve a level of fame and disappear, I never understood it before, but it's an attractive prospect to walk away from it all. -John Hawkes

I don't like the idea that fame could mean that people can no longer relate to me. -Jessica Chastain

The fame thing is interesting because I never wanted to be famous, and I never dreamt I would be famous. -J. K. Rowling

Some artists are working to buy the mansion or whatever the element of fame must bear, but I spend all my money on my show. -Lady Gaga

I can't imagine wanting to be famous just for the sake of being famous. I think fame should come along with success, talent. -Kat Dennings

That is what fame is, isn't it? To get the world to fall in love with you. -Lady Gaga

In Psalm 72, Solomon prays for power and fame but he says the purpose of influence is to speak up for others and one is the immigrant. He doesn't delineate between legal and illegal. -Rick Warren

I never really enjoyed the fame stuff. -Guy Pearce

Having your work be the basis of fame, that's a far more stable feeling. -Nicole Kidman

I don't really celebrate fame because I get enough attention. -Nicole Kidman

At a certain point, if you work really hard and you get good and people like your work, you do deserve the fame – but you shouldn't take it for granted. -Jon Lovitz

I often say fame is kind of like a drug or like sugar: when it's controlling you it doesn't feel good at all. -K. D. Lang

As an athlete, you choose your sport and are drawn into it but your passion should never be driven by fame and fortune but a desire to create something special that people will always remember. -Katarina Witt

It was really weird to have a hit. Of course, we had a certain level of fame in the Pixies, but nothing I had ever done had been mall-kid friendly. -Kim Deal

It is difficult to age because society won't let you. People expect you to look how you did at the height of your fame. -Koo Stark

With fame there is a crosswire between intensity and intimacy. You have decoy intimacy, but you are also very much alone. -Mike Myers

I love Bono. I really respect what he has done for Africa and how he has used his fame to do good in the world. I hope I can do half as much in my life. -Alicia Keys

I had all the fame anyone could want, and I ran away from it. -Macaulay Culkin

I got a lot of things that society had promised would make me whole and fulfilled – all the things that the culture tells you from preschool on will quiet the throbbing anxiety inside you – stature, the respect of colleagues, maybe even a kind of low-grade fame. -Anne Lamott

Once you achieve a certain level of success or fame, it becomes really difficult to go against type. -Famke Janssen

Fame is damaging when people become reliant on it for their sense of self, and their identity, when fame is linked to how you see yourself. -Daniel Radcliffe

That's what fame does to you. You acquire another self. -Daniel Radcliffe

I'm not interested in fame at all. -Shirley MacLaine

I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled, and thanks to money and fame, I didn't have to go far to find them. -Tiger Woods

Unfortunately, I think a lot of people are affected more by the idea of fame than the actual work ethic involved. A lot of them just want to be reality TV-type people who don't do anything. -Katy Perry

I think it's child abuse to have someone in the public eye too young. Society basically values wealth and fame and power at the cost of well-being. In the case of a child, it's at the cost of someone's natural development. It's already hard enough to develop. -Alanis Morissette

Fame is hollow. It amplifies what is there. If there is any self-doubt, or hatred, or lack of ability to connect with people, fame will magnify it. -Alanis Morissette

I have money, fame, a happy wife, our daughter Nell. -Robert M. Pirsig

When you get into statistical analysis, you don't really expect to achieve fame. Or to become an Internet meme. Or be parodied by 'The Onion' – or be the subject of a cartoon in 'The New Yorker.' I guess I'm kind of an outlier there. -Nate Silver

I've never chased fame. I came into this business to be a theatre actress. I was nine when I first appeared on stage. But I can't say I would turn my back on fortune. I'm someone who enjoys the benefits of money. -Joan Collins

When we were on 'The X Factor,' we didn't realize how overnight the fame thing was. We didn't really understand it until we went on a shopping trip. It was like Week 7 or 8 of the show. We went with a few other contestants and there were loads of people, packed. -Zayn Malik

When I was young, it wasn't about the money, it wasn't about the fame and fortune, it was about playing football. -Victor Cruz

The two things that can hurt you are if you need money or if you need fame. Those are the things that can be your Achilles heel. But if you don't need money and you don't need fame, then you're free. -Dana Carvey

I'm not one of those writers that sits worrying about posthumous fame. -Doris Lessing

I don't really care about having more fame than I have. -Jeff Bridges

That's one of the cool things about fame. You have an affect on society and where it goes. -Jeff Bridges

I sacrificed my anonymity for my father, whereas he sacrificed me for his fame. -Jeff Buckley

I hate fame. -Josh Hutcherson

I've always had a lot of ambivalence about fame and celebrity. -Jane Pauley

I think fame can come and go. -Ashley Tisdale

It's a very complicated issue, this fame thing – I was not really cut out for it. There are some really fantastic things about it, but it's difficult for a private person like myself. -Edie Falco

I think that being thrown into instant fame must be, at times, difficult. -Martina McBride

I imagine like most of us that I'd like obscene amounts of money but the people I met and worked with who have those obscene amounts of money and have obscene amounts of fame have awful lives. Really. I mean hideously compromised lives. -Jason Isaacs

It is a challenge, with the global fame, to try to act like I put my pants on one leg at a time, when in fact I have Pippa Middleton help me put my pants on every morning. She's my lady-in-waiting as well. -Kathy Griffin

The problem with fame is you no longer belong to you. You lose your persona and become the object of other people's obsession. I feel watched 90% of the time, but that is something I drew with the cards that I drew. -Dionne Warwick

So, my happiness doesn't come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle. -Nicki Minaj

It's funny – nowadays people that are famous get chased by paparazzi. They have this fame, but they don't have the money to hide from it. -Matt LeBlanc

You always question people's intentions. That may be a combination of having money, having fame, and being a little older. -Matt LeBlanc

I don't think I responded very well to the sudden celebrity, the sudden fame, and the loss of privacy. -David Schwimmer

I never dreamt of being a musician for my livelihood. I certainly never would have wanted to be in the business that I'm in, meaning the fame and the glory, the glitter, the rock star, the famous part. -Eddie Van Halen

When Van Halen started out, there was no path to fame. We just played what we liked. Even today it always comes down to the simplicity of rock and roll. -Eddie Van Halen

I don't know if fame will come. -Jessie Ware

The fame and the money and all that stuff that comes along with it is all great, but that's not the sole purpose of why I make music. -Macklemore

When you start to become a movie star it's easy to believe that you are Superman. That can fool you. That's why I prefer not to pay much attention to fame. -Benicio Del Toro

I don't crave fame. I mean, it's nice to be recognized. It is useful. -Warwick Davis

Follow your passion. Nothing – not wealth, success, accolades or fame – is worth spending a lifetime doing things you don't enjoy. -Jonathan Sacks

As far as friendships go, things change even without the fame. People start moving on. I have a few friends that are married and are starting to have kids and I'm like, 'Oh my goodness gracious – that's so insane.' I also have friends who are just doing their own thing, which is cool. -Jordin Sparks

Fame comes and fame goes, but you have to be able to laugh about yourself and to take it with a grain of salt. -Khloe Kardashian

I want to work on projects that I feel passionate about and do things that are fun and challenging. I would love to do a live musical. I'm not interested in doing the same thing over and over or the fame and exposure that comes with it. When people keep doing that, they just end up doing the same dumb stuff again and again. -Holly Madison

The biggest thing people tell me is that I'll be jaded real soon and that the allure of filmmaking will lose its magic. Not necessarily the fame, but that special thing you create onscreen. -Dayo Okeniyi

There's probably no experience more alienating than fame, other than a terminal illness, where you actually find yourself in a situation that nobody around you can relate to. -Diablo Cody

Life fundamentally does not change depending on work or fame or success. -Anson Mount

Authors have odd relationships with their creations They owe their fame and fortune to their characters but feel enslaved by them. -Anthony Horowitz

It's horrible how money and fame can make you acceptable while, if you're not famous or rich, you're not acceptable. -Bruno Tonioli

Fame for fame's sake is never a good road to go down. -David Giuntoli

For the most part, having more money and more fame make your life harder. It just does. I've seen it happen with people. You know, it's so hard to stay normal. It's so hard to stay happy. It's hard to remember why you were doing what you did in the first place. -Rashida Jones

I think the worst thing that can happen to a good actor is fame. -Vera Farmiga

In my lifetime, I've discovered a great many incredibly talented individuals. Some have achieved stardom. Simultaneously, I've seen many dreams shattered, egos destroyed and lives changed forever. The end destination may well be fame and fortune, but the road to stardom is littered with broken hearts. -Nigel Lythgoe

I tend to worry about the minutiae of life. But living in the mountains of Idaho and having retreated from fame, I am more in tune with life. -Pamela Sue Martin

To put it simply – you know, a lot of people believe that the benefit of this job is fame and fortune. I believe that you pay for the fortune through the fame. I don't buy into the notion that being famous is somehow a good thing, or an exciting thing, or a wonderful thing. -Evangeline Lilly

I grew up being the girl who would always tune in to watch famous people talk about their careers, how they handled scandals and mega fame. I'm trying to pick up tips. -Rebecca Black

I actually don't know anyone who wants to be famous for fame's sake, at least not anyone I respect. But you need to have a certain amount of power in order to be able to do what you want. -Michael Ian Black

I know that everybody is so obsessed with this idea of fame, and they think that I'm obsessed. In all honesty, I'm just doing me. -Aubrey O'Day

The fame thing has happened very gradually, so I've been kind of lucky. -Chris O'Dowd

I'm not interested in fame at all. -Crystal Reed

I wasn't brought up to be dazzled by money or fame. -Elizabeth Kostova

The people that go on 'American Idol' do want some recognition and fame. -Kimberly Caldwell

The fame stuff, the kind words from websites and things, are very flattering and lovely, but I just wanna act. -Matthew Lewis

Oh, in France you can't defame an idea, only a person. -Pierre Dukan

I'm not interested in corporate magic or fame. -Ryan Tedder

I'm uneasy with fame so I do my best to avoid places that will bring me more attention. -Sade Adu

Being on stage is a seductive lifestyle. My advice to aspiring actors is think twice. People sometimes go into acting for the wrong reasons – as a shortcut to fame and fortune. If these goals are not attained, they feel a bitter disappointment. -Chris Sarandon

I know people whose entire lives are ruined by fame. If you make yourself exclusive, people want to break that down, but if you go about doing your shopping, no one bugs you. -Jonathan Pryce

Make sure your desire to do what you're aspiring to do is deeper than just fame and being a celebrity. -Meagan Good

With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, somebody else's ideas about you, but what's important is how you feel about yourself – for survival and living day to day with what comes up. -Marilyn Monroe

All my stepchildren carried the burden of my fame. Sometimes they would read terrible things about me, and I'd worry about whether it would hurt them. I would tell them: 'Don't hide these things from me. I'd rather you ask me these things straight out, and I'll answer all your questions.' -Marilyn Monroe

Really, I think of fame as distracting; it's something you have to get around. -Terry O'Quinn

That's a funny thing, fame. People definitely do treat you differently. When you begin to be successful, people say, 'Don't go changing.' Well, that's easy to say, but the fact is, you don't change at all – other people do. -Jonathan Rhys Meyers

First of all, plain and simple, you have no real idea of what it means to be famous until you become famous. It's a double-edged sword. Obviously there are a lot of amazing things about fame, but there are also a lot of challenging things about it. -Michelle Pfeiffer

'The Host' is very much in the same vein as 'Twilight', and there's clearly a huge fan base out there. But I can't imagine myself being as huge as Robert Pattinson. I'm not sure I could handle that level of fame. -Max Irons

My happiness doesn't come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle. -Nicki Minaj

It's probably healthier to find fame later in life. -Bill Nighy

My fame is due to broadcast television. -John Hodgman

That fame monster's a fool, man. It really is. -Gucci Mane

I have Internet fame. Real fame is more intense. -Gary Vaynerchuk

Hollywood is great for entertaining people, it's a wonderful business but it's make-believe, you must remember that. That's one of the most important things to remember and the distinction in your own life, otherwise people get lost in their own fame, and it makes them unhappy. -Dolph Lundgren

Being famous as a writer is like being famous in a village. It's not really any very heady fame. -Peter Carey

When we die our money, fame, and honors will be meaningless. We own nothing in this world. Everything we think we own is in reality only being loaned to us until we die. And on our deathbed at the moment of death, no one but God can save our souls. -Michael Huffington

I didn't handle fame very well at first. I got a little resentful. -Paul Henderson

Thank God I've never had the sort of intense fame that means you can't walk up the road. That sort of blazing stardom must be difficult to cope with and maintain; my career has just bubbled along happily. -Jane Asher

Every day of my adult life, I have worn at least one piece of jewelry from my maternal grandmother's collection, all of which were manufactured by famed Danish silversmith Georg Jensen. To the naked eye, I am either a Jensen loyalist or a grandmother loyalist. Really I am just a Pretty Things loyalist. -Sloane Crosley

I think it's really important for celebrities to use their power of money and fame to get their voices out there. It's funny to me that we're expected to keep quiet just because of who we are. Why do I lose my right to speak my mind because I'm famous? -Lisa Edelstein

It doesn't matter about money and fame and whatever. I really don't care about that. My thing is, I'm happy that I'm able to have kids have a hero and have someone that they can look up to. -Atticus Shaffer

My advice is never let a publicist call you a 'visionary.' I've hung out with the visionaries at the famed Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. I've been a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur. I wouldn't touch 'visionary' with a 10-foot pole. -Robert Metcalfe

I almost choke on my popcorn when I hear film stars, who walk on red carpets as much as the rest of us do on zebra crossings, criticising youngsters who crave fame. -Julie Burchill

Fact is, famous people say fame stinks because they love it so – like a secret restaurant or holiday island they don't want the hoi polloi to get their grubby paws on. -Julie Burchill

I don't think I ever wanted fame. -Susan Sullivan

When you have had the kind of fame I had, I was always hounded by the media and I lived a very isolated life. Now it's even more difficult. The world has changed dramatically. -David Cassidy

I just like people. I'll hold a conversation at a gas station. It's not about the fame and the fortune, I just like people. -Lionel Richie

My fame came from my success as a country music singer. -Mindy McCready

I try not to focus on fame; I don't even really know what it means exactly because it's so fleeting. -Taylor Momsen

When I started on MySpace, people wanted to support me, but once I rose to fame with the MTV show, they felt like I had abandoned them for some reason, that I was too famous to talk to them anymore. -Tila Tequila

A lot of things come with fame, whether it's losing friends or losing family. -Young Jeezy

I am very picky with my career. I don't need to do it for the money or the fame. I'm very choosy, which is why I haven't played the typical role that people expect to see from someone of my stature and size, as the mean jock or the preppy. It's very easy to see me like that. That's why I go against it in different roles. -Kellan Lutz

I know some players like being the centre of attention and I admit that when I first became a player I liked fame, too. But that feeling lasted only for three months. Then I realised what it was really like to be the centre of attention all the time. It isn't all good. -Mario Balotelli

I am very driven by fame and success; I like to succeed at everything I do. -Jenna Jameson

I love the Country Music Hall of Fame. I don't think it's just a hall of fame and it's not just a museum. It's a schoolhouse. It's a place where people from all across the world can come and learn about this great genre that we're making a living out of. -Josh Turner

It's hard for people to get their hands around fame, because it's heady stuff, and you have to look at it as being dangerous explosives, and you have to handle it with care. -George Hamilton

Part of me sees myself as talented, and the other part sees me as strange. Ideas get stuck in your head and nothing changes them. Not even fame. -Mika

People aren't honest about the horrors of fame. The downsides are so overwhelming that, for me, there is no payoff. -Sia

I quite enjoy fame, especially when you go to conventions in America where they treat you like a god with stretch limos and the whole fame thing, but then when you come back to Britain, you end up changing in a toilet in a theatre off West End and that's really good, because that is what it's about. -Sylvester McCoy

That should be the measure of success for everyone. It's not money, it's not fame, it's not celebrity; my index of success is happiness. -Lupe Fiasco

I had no preconceived idea what fame would be like, because I never thought I would be famous. I just wanted to do my work. Hell, I just wanted to pay my rent on time. -Iyanla Vanzant

I wasn't ready for fame and all that brings to your life. It was an amazing experience, but so overwhelming, because no one can tell you beforehand when it will happen or how it will impact you. So no one can tell you how to handle it, being stopped everywhere you go because people saw you on 'Oprah.' It took me over, and I wasn't ready. -Iyanla Vanzant

When I was younger, I was one of the few girls in the neighborhood who could break dance. That's kind of my local, ghetto-celebrity claim to fame. -Joy Bryant

I never wanted fame, of all things, and I'm not just being cheeky. There are benefits that come with being famous, but there's also confusion. It's important to make sure your feet stay on the ground. -Grace Park

Fame and fortune should never get in front of your passion. The passion will generate the fame and fortune, if you're good enough. -Max Walker

Everyone in Hollywood is seeking fame and fortune; it's in the water here. Everyone from young women to old men – they all want it. -Karrine Steffans

I remember reading 'The Grapes of Wrath' in high school in 1983. My family had immigrated to the U.S. three years before, and I had spent the better part of the first two years learning English. John Steinbeck's book was the first book I read in English where I had an 'Aha!' moment, namely in the famed turtle chapter. -Khaled Hosseini

It's a very nice kind of quasi-fame being a writer, because you remain largely anonymous and you can have a private life, which I really cherish. I don't like to be in the public light all that much. I don't crave the whole fame thing at all. -Khaled Hosseini

Like a child star whose fame fades as the years advance, many once-innovative companies become less so as they mature. -Gary Hamel

Cleopatra was on a political mission to save her country and her power, but what we remember about her are these two famed seductions, which are a matter of politics, not a matter of love. -Stacy Schiff

When we run out of them upstairs, I've been known to appropriate some from our greenroom, pocketing a few with one hand as I smile and greet our guests with the other. One time, Dave Zinczenko of 'Eat this, Not That!' fame, busted me in the act. The cookies apparently fall in the 'not that' category. I made a note of it. -Lester Holt

I didn't want to be an actress at all, or famous even. I certainly enjoy acting now, absolutely. Time will tell whether or not I enjoy fame. -Gabourey Sidibe

I think fame comes from actually doing something big with your career. -Leah LaBelle

It's not always about the money and the fame, and a lot of people think that it is sometimes. -Kimora Lee Simmons

I am a free man. I do not need to copy Petrarca or Boccaccio. My own genius is enough. Let others worry themselves about style, and so cease to be themselves. Without a master, without a model, without a guide, I go to work and earn my living, my well-being and my fame. -Pietro Aretino

Once I thought that if I just had enough in the bank, if I had enough fame, that it would be all right. But I'm a human being like everyone else. I'm not exempt. -Chris Farley

Ambition is not in itself an evil; nor is he to be condemned whose spirit prompts him to seek fame by worthy and honourable ways. -Francesco Guicciardini

Character is greater than talent, genius, fame, money, friends – there is nothing to compare with it. A man may have all these and yet remain comparatively useless – be unhappy – and die a bankrupt in soul. -George Matthew Adams

Shakespeare is, essentially, the emanation of the Renaissance. The overflow of his fame on the Continent in later years was but the sequel of the flood of the Renaissance in Western Europe. He was the child of that great movement, and marks its height as it penetrated the North with civilization. -George Edward Woodberry

Having been in Hollywood as a shadow, as someone who is almost invisible, I can see fame for what it is. -Alex Kingston

I haven't got any friends from where I grew up, but that's not to do with fame. -Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Some actors learn the habit of promoting themselves as a brand – by dressing in a certain way, by going out with a certain person – it gives them what they obviously want, which is to keep a level of fame. I'm not putting it down. -Viggo Mortensen

I've got a great family and a beautiful house. I feel very lucky as far as my lifestyle is concerned. I'm not really interested in fame and all its trappings. -David Morrissey

I have an ambition to write a great book, but that's really a competition with myself. I've noticed that a lot of young writers, people in all media, want to be famous but they don't really want to do anything. I can't think of anything less worth striving for than fame. -Zadie Smith

I've always said that fame is fleeting, but anonymity can last a lifetime. -Joe Johnston

Majorities, as such, afford no guarantees for justice. They are men of the same nature as minorities. They have the same passions for fame, power, and money, as minorities; and are liable and likely to be equally – perhaps more than equally, because more boldly – rapacious, tyrannical and unprincipled, if intrusted with power. -Lysander Spooner

I try to be somewhat wary of fame, but I'm not wary of success. -Troy Garity

I can't watch my first audition because it makes me too upset. I just think it is really sad. I look at myself and don't recognize myself. I do think fame and fortune changes people. -Rebecca Ferguson

I learned a long time ago that fame and money is not a ticket to happiness. -M. Ward

I listen to Morricone, the famed Italian film composer, while I'm working. -Daniel Handler

Even though the money is great and the fame is great, you still have a lot of disenfranchised young men that are participating in the NFL that are not very happy. A lot of them are very bitter. A lot them are very angry. So many of them have had no fathers and no home life, and basically, no education. -Jim Brown

The show business has all phases and grades of dignity, from the exhibition of a monkey to the exposition of that highest art in music or the drama which secures for the gifted artists a world-wide fame princes well might envy. -P. T. Barnum

We collectively have a special place in our heart for the manned space flight program – Apollo nostalgia is one element, but that is only part of it. American culture worships explorers – look at the fame of Lewis and Clark, for example. The American people want to think of themselves as supporting exploration. -Nathan Myhrvold

With fame, I'm able to create more. With every success, you have more freedom to create. -Cyndi Lauper

People care about my fame, not me. But that's fine. I have my own life. -Josh Hartnett

I was suited for fame, and I mean that in the most non-egocentric way. I don't mind gearing my life towards privacy. It's my nature. -John Travolta

With the mega-fame came the mega-downfall – you know, with the press and everything – and at a young age, it was very stressful to me. -Vanilla Ice

How many emperors and how many princes have lived and died and no record of them remains, and they only sought to gain dominions and riches in order that their fame might be ever-lasting. -Leonardo da Vinci

The human bird shall take his first flight, filling the world with amazement, all writings with his fame, and bringing eternal glory to the nest whence he sprang. -Leonardo da Vinci

I never prayed for no money, and I never prayed for no fame. I said, 'I'll take care of that myself. You just keep me healthy and I'll do all I can to try to turn people around, to try to steer 'em in the right direction.' That's the whole trip in life, ya know. -Wolfman Jack

It does seem true that a lot of people will do anything, however humiliating, for fame. -Roger Ebert

If you wanna be famous, then it's okay if the music is fake, because fame isn't real. -Josh Homme

I think a lot of young people don't realize the price of fame is a lot higher than they imagine. -Naturi Naughton

I think that fame only goes to your head if you are not a real artist. If you are a real artist and a good person who loves what they are doing, you are going to be the same person. -Lady Starlight

You may earn whatever money you earn as a cricketer, but you want to play for your country. At the end of the day, you want to do something special. There are plenty of people who earn 50 crores or 100 crores as businessmen or big professionals or who are really doing well in business. But what gives pleasure to your mom and dad is the fame. -MS Dhoni

When 'Play' first came out, journalists didn't review it; it didn't get radio play. And then it became this big successful record and, I hate to admit this, I found myself liking the fame. I bought into it. -Moby

People assume that somehow fame and wealth will keep mortality at bay. -Moby

I have a wonderful family: My parents are churchgoing, salt-of-the-earth Southern people. They gave me a lot of love and are so unaffected by fame. -Faith Hill

I haven't done period dramas back-to-back, or really anything back-to-back. You get asked to do what you're most recently famed for, so I'm careful of not repeating myself. -Benedict Cumberbatch

If I'd had fame early on, I'd have been able to abuse it in the way that a young man should. -Benedict Cumberbatch

Becoming famous was never what I wanted to do. There's a lot of things that come with fame – it's what people in the limelight have to do. -Bruno Mars

People confuse fame with validation or love. But fame is not the reward. The reward is getting fulfillment out of doing the thing you love. -Claire Danes

I don't need fame any more. People are less interested in me in terms of celebrity. I'm happy to see a new generation being the media focus. I'm happy my day is done. It's over. -Dan Aykroyd

I spent so long studying really hard to become a fine actor, but threw it all away because I got the adulation and the fame so easily. -Mickey Rourke

When fame presented itself to me, I was not at a point in my life where I was equipped to deal with it. -Trent Reznor

My children have absolutely no interest in my fame. They're very sophisticated, and they have a spiritual perspective on material things because we go to church. -Val Kilmer

I find fame to be quite unnatural. Humans are not built for extreme adoration. -Jada Pinkett Smith

I am always the first to say that fame and entertainment is one of the best and easiest occupations to ever have, but one must know how to navigate through the matrix or you may find yourself in a very dark hole. -Nick Cannon

When it comes to fame, I am in a very convenient position. I live a very normal life. -Clemence Poesy

It's an odd beast, fame. It's got multiple personalities. -Woody Harrelson

I'm very serious about what I write and who I allow to produce the music, because I want to make sure it's a true album, and not just something pushed out there to create hype and more fame for myself. -Alyson Stoner

I think it's a shame when you come across young actors and musicians who haven't had the time to learn their craft. It doesn't matter if it's acting or music; you really have to learn how to do it from the bottom up because unless you have a great work ethic… fame is a terrible thing to have. -Denis Leary

There are many mediocre entertainers who don't aspire to much more than fame and glory. It's very easy to have them as your role models because there aren't as many greats. Go back, discover the greats, and take it from there. -Carmen Ejogo

There is a level of fame that is really unmanageable. But most of the people who experience that level of fame are compensated in other ways. Private villas and chauffeured boats. -John C. Reilly

From the first time I did a movie, people have said, 'Oh, it's all going to change now.' And it would change, but very incrementally. I think I prefer that to some big explosion of fame all of the sudden. -John C. Reilly

I'm sure fame is yet to come; however, it's not my ultimate goal. I really just want to be able to tell stories, and create, and do it for a living. -Jessica Barth

You don't want to end up living a horribly narcissistic life, do you? And everything about fame and celebrity sort of suggests that kind of fate. -Jodhi May

My job isn't about pursuing fame and then becoming an actor. It's about becoming an actor, and if fame follows suit, that's fine. -Ed Speleers

I think my level of fame will drop back down. I think it'll recede. In fact, I know it will. That's life on Planet Earth. And I'm okay with that. Besides getting tables at restaurants and special treatment at the airport, what else is there? -Tina Fey

When you first get fame, you're so insecure that you just become a ding dong. -Tate Donovan

Most entertainment careers aren't going to end in fame. -Tyler Hilton

These things were happening in my life where I was like, 'Man, I wish my pops was here to see this.' I never had those thoughts before fame, when my life was just a regular life. I wasn't saying, 'I wish my dad could be around and see me working at Applebee's.' -Kid Cudi

I didn't want that 15 minutes of fame moment like, 'Oh, she said she was gay.' -Kirsten Vangsness

When you get quick fame and success and exposure, it makes you feel dizzy, and I didn't want to lose my balance 'cause that's something I've been struggling with for so many years. I'm not fond of the idea of making it in Hollywood. That's not my aim; otherwise, I would have settled down in Los Angeles. -Ludivine Sagnier

People can defame anyone they like, people can write anything they like. But non-accountability is a part of modern Indian culture. -Salman Khurshid

I don't want fame as far as the tweeting or the image of it. But, the idea of being famous is actually exciting to me, just because then you can have a choice in what you do. I would like to be at a point where I'm not asking for parts anymore, and I'm actually just choosing between a part that I want to do. -Emily Meade

I'm not looking to be famous, but I want a body of work and a moral character that is deserving of fame. -Jonathan Tucker

I wouldn't miss the fame. I don't go out hunting for it. I try to avoid it and to slip into the background wherever I go. -Julia Sawalha

I think the concept of seeking fame and fortune in women's football in the States is a bit idyllic. -Hope Solo

All fame is is having people you don't know coming up to you and saying, 'Hello.' I'm always polite and people are always nice, but it's weird. -Karl Pilkington

You know, even big-time academics kind of have groupies. Anyone with any sort of fame. So, like, in your micro-world, or in your niche, you're kind of like a celebrity. -Tucker Max

I think as a writer you never have to flee from fame because you're not that visible in the first place, but, after the Broadway success of 'Beauty Queen,' people were coming up to me all the time, and I wasn't really prepared for that level of attention. -Martin McDonagh

I grew up as a sports fan, and I know that a hall of fame is very different than an award for being the best of the year. It's a nod to the longevity of our accomplishment. -Chuck D

There are a lot of perks that come with fame, and with every positive there's a negative, and then it all kind of balances out. -Ashton Kutcher

I'm the same kid who used to hop the trains with headphones and just go to downtown Manhattan, walk around and listen to music or walk through the city. The fame restricts that. It's a small complaint in comparison to the benefits I get from it, but the restrictive part is what I don't like – and the fact that it's not reversible. -J. Cole

You can't reverse fame. You can lose all the money, but you'll never lose people knowing you. -J. Cole

I had a lot of resistance, and not just to fame. I was always conscious of not changing. -J. Cole

I have always been the first on the dance floor. Before fame, people thought it made me a good laugh; now, people point and call me an attention seeker! I'm very aware of the way people can view me, but I'm very aware that I have to just enjoy my life. -Jessie J

I meet people who are famous, and it's made me realise that fame has huge lifestyle disadvantages. I'm nervous about that. I don't want to become a celebrity. -Tom Hollander

I believe India has multi-talented people, so I have also embarked on my journey as an actor. I don't need to be a celebrity, since tennis has already given fame to me. -Leander Paes

Acting is a hard way to make a living, and there's a kind of dark, somewhat seedy side to the whole aspect of fame and celebrity that's not really something I would want for my child – or want him to want, if that makes any sense. -Pablo Schreiber

I do love being an actress. The other stuff, the 'fame', well – you know what? – you don't actually have to buy into it if you don't want to. -Sophie Okonedo

I get offered loads of unusual stuff. I just don't do loads because I like staying at home a lot, and I'm a little bit lazy. I don't get that thing of going from film to film that people do. It would drive me nuts, and that level of fame is quite scary. -Sophie Okonedo

If you're lucky enough to be famous, then it's great if you can use your fame and the power your fame gives you to draw attention to things that really matter. -Michael Schumacher

Acting isn't a sure thing. We're not set to have jobs for the rest of lives, and fame is really fickle. -Nolan Gould

I need something to fall back on if fame doesn't work. I'll have to become an economist or something. -Nolan Gould

I never sang for a Grammy, for money, for fame. That's my whole purpose for singing: for people, for the fans. -Mavis Staples

I never have issues in handling the fame. I was in a boarding school, as I am from a middle-class family. We didn't have a lot of money, so we all learned to respect money and understood its real value. -Suresh Raina

Dealing with the fame and going from nothing and becoming something where everyone wants a piece of you, your life changes in a day. -Bow Wow

The thing about Bollywood is that you can't just quit it even if you have little fame. You have to stick around and keep trying. -Kangana Ranaut

Ignoring fame was my rebellion, in a funny way. I was insistent on being normal and doing normal things. It probably wasn't advisable to go to college in America and room with a complete stranger. And it probably wasn't wise to share a bathroom with eight other people in a coed dorm. Looking back, that was crazy. -Emma Watson

Fame for fame's sake is toxic – some people want that, with no boundaries. It's unhealthy. -Annie Lennox

I'm interested in time, fame, death, beauty, truth, all those things. -Marianne Faithfull

There are a lot of things about fame that are not conducive to being curious. It's been important for me to cloister myself off. -Jewel

First, the newcomers are eager to come in front of the camera, and later they are like, 'No, sorry, sorry, no pictures'. What is this? I say fame is a very dangerous and bitter thing. -Boman Irani

I think the reason you use an actor is if they are right for the role. Most of the high-profile stars tend to be good actors. That's probably what led to their fame. So if they are right for the movie, you can certainly use them. But I don't want to, not at all. Stardom and Hollywood overpower the ideas and the film. -Neill Blomkamp

When I did 'Parent Trap,' I was ten. I was thrown off by the whole fame thing. -Lindsay Lohan

I had my Aunt Rosie, who was famous and then not, so I got a lesson in fame early on. And I understood how little it has to do with you. And also how you could use it. -George Clooney

Fame can be very dangerous, because you can start to enjoy that part of it. And that's not the good part of what I do for a living. The good part is the making of films. The unpleasant part is the fame part, if you're not careful. -George Clooney

Famous people complain about fame, but they never want to give it back, myself included. -Erica Jong

I think people imagine that your fame somehow sort of equates with how much you get paid. -Jennifer Saunders

When people say I have become a celebrity, I remind them of fame's flip side. For instance, if I want to watch a movie in a cinema, I have to enter through a side exit just before the film begins and leave by the same exit before the credits roll. -Saina Nehwal

There were only 170 neurologists in Britain then and, whether spoken or unspoken, there was this insidious feeling. How can Bannister, a mere athlete, probably spoilt by all the publicity and fame, dare aspire to neurology? But I'd done a lot of research, and my academic record was very good. -Roger Bannister

It's about enjoying your life. If you have no family, no friends to enjoy it with, it don't matter how much you have, how much success you have, how much fame you have, how much money you have, it doesn't matter. -Vanilla Ice

I started as a lyrical singer. But it was through the pop universe that I reached international fame. -Andrea Bocelli

I've had the fame and the joy of getting laughter – those are gifts. -Mary Tyler Moore

There's only a couple times when fame is ever helpful. Sometimes you can get into a restaurant where the kitchen is just closing. Sometimes you can avoid a traffic violation. But the only time it really matters is in the emergency room with your kids. That's when you want to be noticed, because it's very easy to get forgotten in an ER. -Bill Murray

Money can come and go, and fame comes and goes. Peace of mind and a relationship with God is far more important, so this is the precedent that we've set in our lives. The bottom line is, we all die, so Jesus is the answer. -Phil Robertson

It's success, not fame, that is quite addictive. I'm addicted to a lot of things and, as it happens, success is one of them. -Robbie Williams

Something happens to people around fame and power and money – it can bring out the worst and best in people; it's a monster you have to tame. -Lisa Marie Presley

It's very easy for me to keep a low profile because the focus I feel is always on the music. Success and fame are two different things. And so I feel the success is always towards the music, which means that I can have a very normal and private lifestyle. -Enya

All my life, I have taken inventory at intervals. For example, when I became a movie actor and suddenly I had to deal with fame, money and playing so many roles, I lost myself. I said, 'Who am I?' And I wrote my first book to deal with that, 'The Ragman's Son.' -Kirk Douglas

I was conscious of my father's fame from the time I was 6. -Kirk Douglas

A lot of the girls my age were impressed by silly stuff like money and fame. I wanted to be able to have intellectual and spiritual conversations with someone who was on the same page as me. -Nick Cannon

I have fame on the level of a Marilyn Monroe or an Elvis Presley, but part of the reason I didn't go the way they did was because of my beliefs. People make judgments about Scientology, but often they don't know what they're talking about. -John Travolta

When I started acting almost 50 years ago, it wasn't about fame. It was about acting. -Maggie Smith

One of the downsides of being famous is that folks pay far more attention to you than they should. American celebrities are constantly under surveillance, and every word they say is subject to scrutiny. So, be careful what you wish for if you desire fame. No human being should be a goldfish. -Bill O'Reilly

The end of my addiction to fame happened at the exact moment 'Roseanne' dropped out of the top ten, in the seventh of our nine seasons. It was mysteriously instantaneous! -Roseanne Barr

Success happened little by little for me. I tasted the flavor of fame in small doses: I started at 10 years old when I won a music contest; I was performing at birthday parties, company meetings. -Shakira

I feel a real sense of duty to use the voice and the platform I've been afforded by my fame to speak out for those whose voices don't get a chance to be heard. -Shakira

I think fame became exciting for me in the late '90s because I could actually use it as a means to an end. I could actually have it help me serve my vocationfulness. -Alanis Morissette

I want to poke holes in the erroneous beliefs about what fame provides. It won't raise your self-esteem, it won't create profound connection, it's not going to heal your childhood traumas, it's only going to amplify them. You're going to be subject to a lot of criticism and praise, both of which are violent in their own ways. -Alanis Morissette

A lot of preconceived notions that I had about fame and status and money and joy and pain, and all of these things that I thought I knew, I didn't. -Alanis Morissette

There's some downsides to being famous, which are not even worth mentioning. But to combat the bad sides of being famous, you really should take advantage of the good sides. The good sides are, you can use that fame to get projects you might not normally get. -Chris Rock

When all this fame first comes, it's like being hit by a giant wave. You panic and think if you can just calm down and see where it's going, you'll be okay. Then you become more relaxed. -Julia Roberts

What changes with fame is the perceptions of the individual rather than the individual. -Julia Roberts

I was not prepared for fame. It hit me hard, and I did not have the capacity to cope. -Al Pacino

Legislators and judges are necessarily exposed to all the temptations of money, fame, and power, to induce them to disregard justice between parties, and sell the rights, and violate the liberties of the people. Jurors, on the other hand, are exposed to none of these temptations. -Lysander Spooner

I have a following, but it's small. I have this level of fame where people spot me in the airport, consistently, but they always think they're the only one who ever has. People will think they win a prize when they recognize me. -Mike Birbiglia

I grew up in the limelight and being the child of someone famous. So my relationship with fame is not bedazzled. -Lupita Nyong'o

My failures had a lot to do with my fame. I created Evel Knievel, and then he sort of got away from me. -Evel Knievel

I never cared about money or fame, and I don't care now. I follow the groove, and money always follows. -Quincy Jones

You get people who come to London, sever links with where they come from, and then when they need people, there's nobody there. To feel like you can't go back home would be a horribly sad place to be, as is mistaking fame for genuine love and affection. -Johnny Vegas

People think all fame is the same, but being on BBC Two from time to time does not make you Warren Beatty. I honestly can't impress that upon people enough. -Stephen Merchant

There's not always going to be something out there for you, especially not a positive role, so once you get up there and start being well known, you can't just think projects will come to you. You have to start doing your own projects because if you don't, you'll miss out, and eventually your fame will be over. -Keke Palmer

I came from nothing and achieved humungous fame and fortune. But I worked hard. I had discipline and determination. I had that ice in me. -Sugar Ray Leonard

If you have money and you have fame, but you don't have any confidence in your blackness, then it's all for nothing. -Paul Mooney

I've had my taste of intense fame, and I've got it out of my system. Now I'm free to choose parts which fulfil me in different ways. -Gina Bellman

I remember being superyoung, like nine or ten years old, and thinking, 'Man, I wonder what famous people eat for breakfast. They must have some special kind of cereal!' My mind was so warped by the idea of fame. -Bo Burnham

Being 36 years old changes you a lot, and so does eight years away from career, fame, needing attention, needing to be loved by strangers on some level. I was loving anonymity. I was loving the fact that I could meet a girl who didn't know who I was. I enjoyed it very much, I have to say. -Maxwell

My life has shifted to different levels financially, in terms of fame as a result of being blessed enough to be able to share my music with the world, and what that has done for me. Despite all of that, I always want people to listen to my music and be able to relate to it as well as to me. -Trey Songz

The thing that is cool about my come up is that I dealt with fame and having money gradually. It didn't happen overnight. It was something that took a while to happen. It was something that humbled me and made me very appreciative of my blessings more than I would have been if it had happened faster and easier. -Trey Songz

There's nothing wrong with fame, but to seek out the spotlight just to be on TV for the sake of being on TV, and to put your children on there, I think, is especially disgusting. -Jon Glaser

We were starting to lose track with Earth because fame and success brings you many things that you're not really prepared for or know how to deal with as a human being. -Paul Simonon

Being inducted into the songwriting hall of fame by Clive Davis, that was pretty memorable. -Diane Warren

I never wanted fame. -Jack Dunphy

I found fame to be somewhat of a prison. The more famous you were, the smaller the cell that you had to live in. -Dave Madden

One day in 1984, at the height of his fame, Michael Jackson made a visit to the White House. President and Nancy Reagan may not have dug his music, but they understood the power Mr. Jackson commanded as a common pop-cultural touchstone for just about everyone else. -Monica Crowley

You're only famous in the eyes of others. Inside, you're still the same, and not a hundred million records or TV shows can change that. I think the only pitfall of fame is believing that it means something, and behaving like that. -Jamie Cullum

There's a theory about fame: the moment it strikes, it arrests development. Michael Jackson remained suspended in childhood, enjoying sleepovers and funfairs; Winona Ryder, an errant teen who dabbled in shoplifting and experimented with pills; George Clooney, a 30-year-old commitment-phobe, never quite ready yet to settle down. -Jemima Khan

I want to make the most out of the word 'fame.' I want to do good things with my fame, or whatever it is. I want to help and do charity work. -Ali Lohan

In one of my songs, I say fame is nothing more than loving someone. So I'm grateful every day that there's so many fans of people out there that love my music and feel they're connected to me through that. -Jason Mraz

The definition of success to me is not necessarily a price tag, not fame, but having a good life, and being able to say I did the right thing at the end of the day. -Jeremy Luke

It's hard to absorb and to allow all that attention and accolades for 'Rent' because the rest of the country doesn't know who we are. Once I walk out of the door of 'Rent,' and I'm on the subway, it doesn't matter. It's an exaggerated sense of fame. -Idina Menzel

I'm going to be acting all my life. But, while doing that, I will try to avoid the trappings of fame. -Randeep Hooda

I'm not into fame. I'm not into making money, outside of financing my books. I'm not into status. My thing is basically about time – not wasting it. -Henry Rollins

I don't make money on the road, and so there's less and less incentive for me to do it when I don't have that adolescent desire for whatever it is, glory or fame. -Juliana Hatfield

Some people can act Hollywood and others don't. I just try to live my life as a normal, everyday man. At times, fame does get to you. But you must stay positive and remember two things: It's easier to be happy, and without all those fans, life wouldn't be as good as it is. -Chumlee

Nas has always been uncomfortable with being famous and accessible. Nas makes music because he loves music, not because he wants the trappings of music, such as fame. -Steve Stoute

Celebrities become excluded from everyday life, kind of in exile in an echelon that is deemed better, anyway: Life of celebrity, all the fame and glamor. -Jack Gleeson

There are not many poets whose fame rests on a single work. -Helen Vendler

After a point of time, when you get success and fame, money and everything, the purpose of life has to be redefined. For me, I think that purpose is to build bridges. Artists can do that very easily, more than politicians. -A. R. Rahman

Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head. -A. R. Rahman

I was a common man, and I will always remain a common man. No amount of stardom will ever consume my soul. Money comes, money goes. Fame comes, fame goes. I believe every human being is a celebrity in their own right. -A. R. Rahman

I've wanted recognition; I wanted success; I wanted appreciation; I love the perks of being in the movies. I love the fame that comes with it – but that's why I became an actor. -Vidya Balan

I always wanted to live the lives of different people, portray characters that are different from me. But I could have done that in front of a mirror, also, I didn't need to do films for that. At the end of the day, it's this fame, recognition, popularity, the love and appreciation you get from your audience that drives you. -Vidya Balan

I will take a back seat when I know my fame is dipping. I'm not delusional. -Sonakshi Sinha

I have an innate fear of fame. I've never thought being famous looked like such a good place to be. I love being incognito. -Phoebe Philo

When one thinks of golf and Scotland, the first thing that comes to mind is usually St. Andrews, especially the famed Old Course. -Raymond Bonner

What people don't realize is that fame, whatever your worst experience in high school, when you were being bullied by those ten kids in high school, fame is that, but on a global scale, where you're being bullied by millions of people constantly. -Megan Fox

The National is about however long it takes to run that race – eight minutes of fame – but champion jockey is about racing 365 days a year. I actually wouldn't swap any of my winners for the National. -Tony McCoy

Elizabeth Taylor was the first star for whom an offscreen narrative was equally as important as an onscreen one. Her private life became as much of a driving force of her fame and success as any role she played in the movies. -William J. Mann

My belief is that if I can achieve that level of entertainment by making the audience happy or sad or angry, then I have succeeded as an actor and have done my job. The profits and the fame as an actor will eventually surface, but first and foremost comes the work as an actor. -Cole Hauser

What surprised me most about fame is how unpleasant it can be. I used to think it was going to be so fun. I got excited about the parties. You don't anticipate friends being jealous of you and critics giving your music bad reviews. Media and rumors – that stuff hurts. -Eve

We players are as normal human beings as anyone else, and we also have the right to live a normal life. I don't understand why people talk so much about the way we dress up, how we walk, what we eat, and every little detail of ours. Players are the real heroes. Sports have both respect and fame, and I am fortunate enough to be a sportsperson. -Sania Mirza

You gotta remember: we're musicians… we're just crazy people who can't get along sometimes. I've definitely come to the table with my knife in my pocket a couple of times; you know how it is. It's part of being human. Now add fame and money and all that rock and roll craziness to it – we're lucky we don't eat each other in this industry! -Corey Taylor

The medium of response in America is fame; that's how a person that bounces a ball can make millions of dollars, and a school teacher with no fame makes $35,000. -Patch Adams

I find Maersk fascinating. It is the Coca-Cola of freight with none of the fame. Its parent company, A. P. Moller-Maersk, is Denmark's largest company, its sales equal to 20 percent of Denmark's GDP; its ships use more oil than the entire nation. -Rose George

The whole acting game can sometimes be a bit false, and you meet a lot of people in it for the fame – so there's nothing I love more than going back to Essex. -Michelle Dockery

I didn't want to become like so many of the young people I've worked with who have money, fame, and success but don't know who they are as people. -Tina Majorino

I'm a normal working actor – just the way I want it. I have never been the one to want the fame of everything. The thing for me is to inspire people and do something I love. -Tony Revolori

The hardest part of fame and success is adapting to the people around you that's changing. It changes the way people look at you from how they used to look at you. They listen to you on the radio, they look at you on TV and when people speak on you in a good light, you have a couple people who hold grudges. -Future

In many cases, people who win a Nobel prize, their work slows down after that because of the distractions. Yes, fame is rewarding, but it's a pity if it keeps you from doing the work you are good at. -Charles H. Townes

Fame is often called a deal with the devil. Reality show fame is a really bad deal with the devil. -Jane Velez-Mitchell

I think the fame aspect, there was definitely a period when I had to get used to it. My family had to get used to it, too. It's exciting. -Kate Upton

I don't need fame and I don't need power and I don't need wealth. I'm in need of friends, which I have found in abundance. -Utah Phillips

TV showrunners have become known entities to people who watch television in the way that movie directors have been known to filmgoers for a long time. When I started out as a writer and producer in television, I never had the slightest expectation that fame would be part of the job. -Carlton Cuse

As a teenager, rather than setting myself on a course to pursue fame (quite common growing up in L.A., the entertainment capital of the world), happiness, fulfillment, and spiritual enlightenment (also quite common), I skipped right on to trying to be successful. 'Let's just get on with it,' I felt. 'Onward' became my motto. -Karen Finerman

I was uncomfortable with that kind of fame when you're in the tabloids every day. -Toni Tennille

At the final day, the Savior will not ask about the nature of our callings. He will not inquire about our material possessions or fame. He will ask if we ministered to the sick, gave food and drink to the hungry, visited those in prison, or gave succor to the weak. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

The gospel of Jesus Christ is more enduring than fame, more precious than riches, more to be desired than happiness. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

I'm a career actor. And I question this constant reliance on TV fame and celebrity. -Alexander Hanson

I'm a creative person, and I've got a lot of ideas. People probably thought that my mentality was quick fame because I made 'Rack City' and it blew up fast, but I have over 1,000 songs recorded. -Tyga

I never wanted to be famous. I want to be more famous than I am so I can get the roles. I hate losing the roles. I was famous more for being around people who were famous, and I hate that kind of fame. -Johnathon Schaech

Why is Kris Jenner a powerhouse? Because some part of us confuses fame and infamy, too. If she really bothered us half as much as we claim she does, we'd look away and stop feeding her empire. -Koren Zailckas

Like every poor person, I used to dream about winning the lottery. I didn't just get money, though. I got fame. And I got fame before I got money, and it was scary. -Amber Rose

My goal has always been longevity. Not fame and fortune, just get a job and keep it. -James Garner

I think you have to be in an insane stratosphere in terms of fame in order to get offered really well-written scripts. Amanda Peet is definitely not in that group. -Amanda Peet

It's such a paradox. You come from this place where you want fame; you don't want to be bourgeois, but you want to be successful. You want to be accepted, but you also want to be going against the grain. You want to be on the outside, but you want to be on the inside. -Dan Colen

Lesson to would-be fame seekers: It's not really a new world when it comes to celebrity. There are no shortcuts. It's still talent, perseverance and hard work. Even the speed and reach of the Net can't create lasting value and income overnight. -Sarah Lacy

Hollywood is the kind of town that likes to make everything larger than life: movie premieres, aging actress' lips, and murders. Actors come from all over the world to find their sliver of fame on the street of L.A. Many stars rise, but many more fall. -Rob Manuel

I never got a chance to take advantage of 'Superbad' at school because I graduated before it came out, so I never got to use any of my fame to pick up girls and go to cool parties. -Christopher Mintz-Plasse

I don't ever want it to be about me. A friend of mine told me, 'The difference between fame and notoriety is fame is when people know you, and notoriety is when people know your work.' The first one is not respectable, but the second one is, because that leaves a legacy. -Troy Baker

This fame is a juggernaut: It slaps you in the face, and you don't know what you're doing. You don't know who has your back, who is your support system. -Estelle

I didn't get into this for fame, I genuinely didn't. I love acting, and I know that's a cliche, but I didn't, really, I was very naive when it came to the whole being recognized thing. -Kit Harington

The whole fame question is one that is constantly intriguing to me. I think that fame is something that other people create about you. Whether you jump into that or not is up to you – and whether you have the talents for jumping into it or not. -Campbell Scott

Don't expect fame to come overnight. That filtered through to me in my own career. Look at Madonna: she's not the best singer in the world, but she's got where she has through hard work. -Rick Astley

'American Idol' is the fast track to fame. I'm just lucky it worked out. I don't feel different. The way people react to me is different. -Crystal Bowersox

I find 'Fatal Attraction' really romantic. I really like the seduction. Almost every time I see it, I'm surprised when it goes dark. I know that's the claim to fame, but I key into how genuinely romantic it is. -Shane Carruth

Here's my theory: If a person gets worldwide fame at a young age, they're emotionally frozen at that moment. For me, that's 15 to 18, so you find yourself in your mid-20s being a glorified 15-year-old. What could possibly go wrong? -Rob Lowe

The highest levels of fame in the entertainment business are geared toward keeping the artist disconnected, disinterested and continuing to make product and not developing any sort of 'normal life.' -Rob Lowe

The Nazz survived for 18 months – that was my first taste of fame on some level and of the overall experience of being in a band. There are good and bad aspects, and I got to taste some of both, and, well, it's not as much fun as what you see in 'A Hard Day's Night,' let me just say that. -Todd Rundgren

The cinema has done more for my spiritual life than the church. My ideas of fame, success and beauty all originate from the big screen. Whereas Christian religion is retreating everywhere and losing more and more influence; film has filled the vacuum and supports us with myths and action-controlling images. -John Updike

I think money, power, fame changes people a lot. -Peter Criss

Musicians play music because you love… I loved to play drums since I was five. It's all I ever wanted to do. Rock stars, or as we call them, posers, guys who want to just look great, dress great. They're not musicians; they're looking for the fame. -Peter Criss

All the best reasons for going into politics never really change: the desire for glory and fame and the chance to do something that really matters, that will make life better for a lot of people. -Michael Ignatieff

Legacy above finances; artistry above fame. -Jimmy Chamberlin

When you're a woman with a certain amount of fame and money, you are never certain what someone's motives are. -Patricia Richardson

People have always tut-tutted about actors stepping out of line politically. And I can sort of see it because what you've got your fame for is not being someone who can influence things, so it's cheating. -Joanna Lumley

Most everything I do on a creative level is beyond the fame and money. I sort of work as an actor… and take care of my family and mouths to feed and all of that. I don't really care about fame, but our business means money sometimes and financial success, which I can pass on to my family. -Corbin Bernsen

Fame is a dangerous thing. It's what the post-industrial society wants. They want fame and many followers on Twitter. But to really make the world understandable, that challenge is remaining. -Hans Rosling

Any swagger is just defense. When you're reminded so much of who you are by people – not a fame thing, but with my size, constantly, growing up – you just either curl up in a corner in the dark or you wear it proudly, like armor or something. You can turn it on its head and use it yourself before anybody else gets a chance. -Peter Dinklage

In 1970, television ate my family. The Andy Warhol prophecy of 15 minutes of fame for any and everyone blew up on our doorstep. -Lance Loud

People on television have trouble with fame because audiences think they're their mates. -Ian Mckellen

By 1968, both The Beatles and The Beach Boys had plenty of fame – we were looking for something deeper. The Maharishi taught us how to go beyond thinking and action in order to grow from within. -Mike Love

You don't start a company because you want to be an entrepreneur or the fame and glory that comes along with it. You become an entrepreneur, and you create a company to solve a real problem. And by real problem, I mean a problem that is going to exist down the line. -Aaron Patzer

I want to be a great player. I don't want to play for the money. I don't want to play for fame. I'd just as soon no one knew who I was. I want to play football because it's football. -Gaines Adams

My only real claim to fame is that I was southern England show-jumping champion in 1966. The day after my father died, 'Horse & Hound' magazine tipped me as a future Olympic champion, and I took it seriously. You can only really enjoy something if you take it seriously. -Jonathan Dimbleby

The purity of finding the right artist, that artist that's gonna be the next hall of famer, that artist that's gonna be the next headliner, lifting people out of their seats at Madison Square Garden, that song that's gonna be sung for hundreds and hundreds of years, that essence remains the same. -Clive Davis

As an actor, you can't think about the end result or the fame; you just have to focus on the day you're in. You have no control over the finished product, what people will think of it, so all you have is the experience of making it, and you have to stay focused on that. -Orlando Bloom

You get 15 minutes of fame, I hear, and I've had 14 minutes. The clock's ticking. -Tim Howard

Obviously social media has had a massive impact on the fame game, but not in a positive way. But it can be for some. -Margot Robbie

Fame was never something I was seeking in my artistic journey. It's to be used as a tool for an artist to break open doors and keep creating. That's how I enjoyed fame in '74; it was not just for the emptiness of being famous. -Philippe Petit

I was in this public high school in Princeton, and it had this topnotch jazz program – if you were a musician of any kind of caliber, your holy grail was to be in that orchestra. It was that claim to fame of the school, of the town, other than the university. But it was better than the university band. -Damien Chazelle

When I say that I went to grad school in Iowa City, people often assume that I went to the famed writers' workshop MFA program at the University of Iowa. I didn't. I got a master's in journalism. -Chelsea Cain

I hate fame. There's this assumption that everyone wants it – that by being a musician, I've signed up for it at some point. But personally, what I signed up for is sharing my music. I've always said I'd rather have four No. 10 songs than one No. 1 hit. -Chet Faker

People want stardom or fame or whatever – instant gratification as opposed to learning one's craft, which, when I was starting out, was the most important thing: that you are as fully equipped for your job or your art as possible. -Joshua Sasse

That's why fame freaks me out in a lot of ways – because how genuine of a connection can you have when you're a commodity, and a conversation with you means bragging rights? That's terrifying to me. -Mary Lambert

I worry about people who sell out to chase fame because when they get it, it might not be so satisfying. -Imelda May

I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world. -Muhammad Ali

I never really acted full-time. I certainly had gotten past the point where fame and fortune was something that I was dreaming about or anticipating. -Allison Tolman

People who are seriously damaged by sudden fame and notoriety have, in my experience, very low esteem at the root of their being. -Roger Lloyd-Pack

There's a funny thing about fame. The truth is you run as fast as you can towards it because it's everything you want. Not just the fame but what it represents, meaning work, meaning opportunity. And then you get there, and it's shocking how immediately you become enveloped in this world that is incredibly restricting. -George Clooney

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were friends and the last people I expected would predecease me. They were, in a sense, casualties of fame. -Barry Humphries

I used to hear people say nobody can prepare you for fame, and it's actually very true. But there is such beauty that comes with it when you're able to use your platform in a positive way. -Jussie Smollett

If you change because of fame, that's not the right thing. But if you change because of growth, that's normal… The whole fame thing hasn't hit me. And I hope it kind of doesn't. -Jussie Smollett

I honestly don't think I sought fame. It wasn't something I courted or wanted, particularly. -Kevin Whately

Just so people know, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music is not at all about celebrity or fame or being a star. It's an academic music school. -Flea

Is fame without purpose and is fame without talent really where we are now? People used to be famous for what they did. Now, they're just famous. -John Carroll Lynch

Growing up, I was picked on a bit; I was pretty heavy-set, and then I was a theater kid. I just felt unpopular and uncool, so I think in my mind I had this idea of fame and being popular and how nice that would be. The reality of it is sometimes it's not nice. -Jack Falahee

I think that most people who are just artists, who are getting famous, would trade a lot of their fame back for some normalcy, pretty much immediately. -Ansel Elgort

You can't be a good actor if you get too affected by fame. Because then you're not real, and you're not really wanting more. You look at a lot of actors who, before they were famous, did a lot of amazing work, and once they got too big, it just got off. -Ansel Elgort

It's very important to hold on to what you want. In front of you is very easy fame and very easy money. -Douglas Booth

I've never had a voice coach, but I am about to name drop horrendously here: I did once get some advice on how to project my voice from Sean Connery, which was lovely. It's all about where you breathe. That's my claim to fame. -Nicola Sturgeon

A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame. -Sun Tzu

It's a tougher gig than what people think it is. The proper, real, genuine, worldwide movie stars don't get a lot of downtime from the world outside. That's a tougher price, I think, than what people's fantasy of fame account for. -Ben Mendelsohn

People get a little sidelined thinking that fame and fortune is going to bring them happiness, peace and contentment in their lives. Everyone thinks they want to be famous until the paparazzi are in their face, and then they're asking, 'Just give me some privacy.' -Linda Thompson

I don't have a craving for money. And I don't have a craving for fame. -Damien Rice

Our culture is so celebrity-obsessed that for individuals to show they matter, they need to display their intimacy to fame. -Susan Isaacs

Fame is a modern phenomenon caused by the explosion of media, where there's a zillion digital channels and snappers everywhere. It's so attainable, so people can have their Warhol 15 minutes of fame, and some are so aggressive. -Simon Fuller

My business is creating fame and celebrity, and I'm one of the best in the world. I know it to the finest detail. I reflect what's out there, and if there's a demand for something, I recognise it. I don't think I'm crass. I stand by everything I do. -Simon Fuller

Walter Scott has no business to write novels, especially good ones. It is not fair. He has fame and profit enough as a poet, and should not be taking the bread out of the mouths of other people. -Jane Austen

If fame belonged to me, I could not escape her; if she did not, the longest day would pass me on the chase, and the approbation of my dog would forsake me then. My barefoot rank is better. -Emily Dickinson

'Doctor Who' would be overnight fame that would last for three years, and then what? I'm in this for the long term. -Russell Tovey

Just try the effect of putting beauty into your life, a little every day. You will find it magical. It will broaden and light up your outlook upon the world as the acquisition of money or fame never can. -Orison Swett Marden

When the sacredness of one's word is matched in the attributes of his character throughout, all that constitutes a man, then we find that there is something in a man's life greater than his occupation or his achievements; grander than acquisition or wealth; higher than genius; more enduring than fame. -Orison Swett Marden

Nothing is more despicable than to reach fame by crawling, position by cringing. -Robert Green Ingersoll

The feeling of being accepted and acknowledgement and recognition and fame – I'm vain like everybody else. The feeling of achievement that I've helped the poor or somebody in need far outweighs the money. -Joe Jamail

I've gained fans, fame, fortune, but I don't feel different. Am I supposed to? -Kristin Cast

Everybody wants their fame. They long for it, and I think they don't much care how they get it – to attract attention to themselves. -Ruth Rendell

For a lot of pop performers, fame and celebrity is part of the job. But for singer-songwriters, no one really cares. -Gabrielle Aplin

A screenplay adaptation of my 'Punktown' novel 'Health Agent' has been making the rounds. The screenplay was written by my friend, singer/songwriter Walter Egan of 'Magnet & Steel' fame! -Jeffrey Thomas

A lot of times, people think that it doesn't make sense for people to be depressed when they have everything, a loving husband, a successful career, fame and fortune. I wanted to make this point that profound despair can strike anybody. -Miriam Toews

Some people have this crazy talent that makes you tap into a human side as well, even with all their fame. -Dito Montiel

Films go into vaults, art into museums, and music into halls of fame. Most fashion is worn for a few seasons and off-loaded into the recycling bin or, worse, some landfill. -Robin Givhan

When a story is flying along, and I'm so into it that my 'real' world goes away, it can feel magical. I cease to be, my desk and computer ceases to be, and I am my character in his world. Psychologists call this a 'flow state,' and it's better than publication, money, awards, fame. -Nancy Kress

I watched my parents' fame diminish – as I was getting more conscious, their celebrity was going back down the mountain. -Carrie Fisher

Nothing will stifle your human evolution more than fame and fortune. -Patti Smith

I don't think fame is that important to me. -Kourtney Kardashian

Our family brings a different amount of – not fame – attention. -Khloe Kardashian

I never went after fame. It fell into my lap. -Caitlyn Jenner

When we talk about having a life of significance and meaning, it's not about fame or money or resources. It's about people and lives and hearts. That's my biggest passion in life. -Tim Tebow

My integrity means more to me than any fame or money. When I say something, I want people to take it to the bank that I mean it and believe in it. -Tim Tebow

Half the people think I write Obama's speeches; the other half think I'm on 'Entourage.' So I'm at the level of fame where people kind of know who I am, but they confuse me with other people. -Jon Favreau

I'm already more famous than I want to be. And yet at the same time, fame feeds your potential as a creative person. You're in a vacuum if you don't have a certain amount of fame. -B. D. Wong

I think a lot of people think it's easy to just post stuff. They think it's the easy way to fame nowadays, but it's been hard. You have to film the video, which takes forever because I'm super picky about all my takes and stuff. Then you have to edit it and upload it, and doing that three times a week is very, very difficult. -Jacob Whitesides

I'm not striving for fame, that's for sure. I don't particularly like the idea of celebrity. I would like to be successful with my music, so I realise that there's a balance to be made there. -Jamie Lawson

I think there are a lot of people who are afraid to be who they are, and if I have to sacrifice a little bit of fame and a little bit of success because I'm being 100 percent truthful with who I am, hopefully that will create a paved way for someone else. -Todrick Hall

In 2002 and 2003, the Bush administration decided against bombing Zarqawi's camp in northern Iraq because it might derail plans to depose Saddam Hussein. By focusing on Zarqawi in his speech at the United Nations, Secretary of State Colin Powell inadvertently spread his fame throughout the Arab world. -Joby Warrick

At 93, I'm not looking forward to fame and fortune. -Irving Harper

I don't treat my family any differently because they're on television. I've always had a problem grasping fame. I don't think I understand fame, and I don't think I ever will. I think that anybody who thinks that they understand fame, they're doing it for the wrong reasons. -Brody Jenner

I want that Sinatra type of fame. It's not the 'Whoever's the hot pop star at the moment' fame. It's the 'Walk into a room and everybody just kind of politely nods their heads' fame. Sinatra fame. -Jerrod Carmichael

If you were to ask me to choose between democratic values and wealth, power, prosperity and fame, I will very easily and without any doubt choose democratic values. -Narendra Modi

People are interested in writing, and often there's an unjustifiable sense of people to believe my talking to them for the book is going to accord them any sort of fame. Which it won't. At the same time, they can be more circumspect if they know they're on the record. -Jesse Kellerman

A lot of these reality-TV shows people go on, they come off, and nothing happens. You never hear from them again. Fifteen seconds of fame is not the name of the game. No matter how big you break, or how many people you break in front of, you still have to slowly build a fan base to have anything loyal and lasting from people. -Lindsey Stirling

The fame of Maria Foote's beauty and charm of manner had reached London, and in May 1814, she made her first appearance at Covent Garden Theatre and personated Amanthis in 'The Child of Nature' with such grace and effect that the manager complimented her with an immediate engagement. -Sabine Baring-Gould

Most of my friends are not actors. Most people have an idea of what an actor's life is, and it's pure glamour and excitement: it's easy and free and everyone loves you. But with a certain level of fame, there's a real level of paranoia and depression that comes with what you do, that nobody talks about. -Cush Jumbo

If you allow fame to get the better of you, you become nuisance, a public nuisance, a nuisance as a friend, as a member of the family, a nuisance to yourself. -Dilip Kumar

Entrepreneurs always begin the journey believing that they have the next big idea. They dream of the fame and fortune that awaits them if only they had the funding to pursue it. But the reality is that as the product is built and shared with customers, flaws in their concept are discovered that – if not overcome – will kill the business. -Jay Samit

Creating something that builds lasting value and changes the lives of millions of people requires forging a team that will work hard to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, stand up to the pressures of fame and fortune, and stay true to the original vision long after others stop believing. -Jay Samit

The grass is always greener on the other side – until you get there and see it's AstroTurf. Symbols are never reality. Someone might have amassed material success and fame, but that doesn't mean they're happy. So, don't go judging a person's life by the cover. -Karen Salmansohn

When I am listening to Vivaldi or Japanese music or making spaghetti at 3 in the morning and realize that I don't have the proper sauce for it, fame is of no use. -Saul Leiter

When mom and dad were at the height of their careers, and things were super-crazy, and they couldn't leave their houses, there wasn't social media. It was all about autographs. Now, everyone's the press. I feel fame is perforated: it can be glorious, but it can completely destroy a human, too. -Dakota Johnson

From the depths of the West of Europe, a young child will be born of poor people, he who by his tongue will seduce a great troop; his fame will increase towards the realm of the East. -Nostradamus

Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn't women have their share? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers? -Anne Frank

The making of the far-famed New York Central Park was opposed by even good men, with misguided pluck, perseverance, and ingenuity, but straight right won its way, and now that park is appreciated. So we confidently believe it will be with our great national parks and forest reservations. -John Muir

Always remember this. Television, fame, money – listen, here is a news flash for America. Fame cannot remove your sin. And all of the money you ever amass cannot raise you from the dead. -Phil Robertson

In the fields of southwest Iowa, my parents and grandparents worked and sacrificed. Like so many Iowans, the American Dream for them was never about wealth or fame. Their dream was to leave their children and grandchildren a better life, with greater opportunity, than their own. -Joni Ernst

I want a president with a record of public service, someone whose life's work shows our children that we don't chase fame and fortune for ourselves: we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed. -Michelle Obama

One day, when this modeling thing is over for me and I don't enjoy it anymore, I'm just gonna be gone! You know? I'm not here for fame or money. I'm not going to stick around and pretend everything is cool if I'm over it. When it's done, I'm out. Ciao. -Mariacarla Boscono

Skateboarding for me is a whole lot different for me than before the TV fame, if you will, because going out in the street is a little bit different. -Rob Dyrdek

I'm not motivated by money or power or fame. In the end, it doesn't bring much happiness. The only thing that is driving me is self-satisfaction, self-validation. -William Clay Ford, Jr.

I'm part of the generation that grew up with great rappers like 2Pac and Biggie and people like Amy Winehouse. We've seen a lot of different artists come and go. Even people who are still here, they seem consumed and blinded by fame. It may not have taken them out physically, but they have been taken out. -Anderson Paak

You're either humble or you're not. If you were a jerk before the fame, you just become a jerk with a bigger spotlight. Whoever you are really comes through. -Oprah Winfrey

When we came out from the Elysee palace, there was a gigantic limousine waiting for us and four police on motorcycles. It is probably one of the few times I have experienced my fame. I thought it was so fantastic that I laughed to the point of shouting. -Ingmar Bergman

I care more about my pipe than about fame and honors. -Honoré Daumier

I'm not really into the fame thing. I've met so many celebrities now, and everybody's just the same. I'm a bit of a family bird. -Lee Pearson

Emerson's fame as a writer and thinker was firmly established during his lifetime by the books he gave to the world. -John Burroughs

April Fool is widely considered one of the top yachts ever built by Feadship, the famed Dutch shipyard. Launched in 2006, April Fool has a huge master stateroom, a Jacuzzi on the fourth-level sun deck, a sauna, and sprawling outdoor dining lounge. The yacht first came onto the market in 2011 with a price of $69.5 million. -Kayla Tausche

I think fame is hard in any capacity. It's so fleeting; it's not anything that you can really grab. -Melissa Rauch

I've discovered that the standard all-American dream of fame and fortune is not success for me. Success for me is simply the joy of working – doing good work – and then bringing that joy home to my family. But if what I do in my work doesn't enrich my life with my family, I'm doing the wrong thing. -Gary Burghoff

I've been in the public eye now for about 15 or 16 years, and I'm very aware that fame is not a given. I have to maintain it. It's not just something that will always be there. But I've always been a worker. I've never expected be given anything. -Victoria Beckham

I describe the relationship between man and woman as a Hegelian relationship between master and slave. As long as men are able to increase their sexual value through work, fame or wealth, while women are only powerful through their body, beauty and youth, nothing will change. -Elfriede Jelinek

I do not ask for the riches that perish or the fame that fades away like a morning mist. -Mother Angelica

Yes, my life has changed in terms of the fame and the success, the number of eye balls on you all the time. I like to believe that it has not changed my ideology, the person that I am. I have people like Anna and my mom, my friends who tell me that. -Deepika Padukone

Those who know me know I'm passionate about lists, and top of my list of priorities is my family. My wife Joan and I do not consider our legacy to our children to be wealth or fame but the opportunity to pursue happiness by following their own path. -Richard Branson

Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, and Will Smith are hall-of-famers. When they hit the red carpet, they know exactly what they're going to do, how they're going to do it. Damn, they're good. -Kevin Frazier

Being a writer – even a best-selling one – is usually not anywhere near as public as being a movie star, at least not when I'm out in 'real life' like this. Not that I don't use what fame I have, every chance I get, to help sell more books. -Nancy Pickard

I saw the drawbacks of fame as a kid. It wasn't for me. -Duncan Jones

We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game. -Young Thug

How can a song all about struggling with the afterglow of fame thrust someone into fame? How can a lyric like, 'I'm just a singer who already blew his shot,' give a singer another shot? I don't know… but it's funny. -Mike Posner

I was young and irresponsible, a silly woman laden with sin, not caring for anything except fame and fortune and self. But I have lived seeking truth in Jesus Christ and found it has made me free. -Vanity

Ever since I managed with guaranteed contracts and all the media, you know, you can get distracted by fame and fortune. Your values can get distorted. And the way you break through is, you just keep it personal and keep it simple and basic. -Tony La Russa

I never want to lose sight of my roots… A lot of artists want the riches and the fame. I want to tell stories you can put into the context of your life. -Lukas Forchhammer

I just can't fathom this fame thing; I'm a total newbie. -Ransom Riggs

No, fame has not changed Wizkid. -WizKid

The only thing fame has changed in Wizkid is that I added some accessories. I have got nice chains, watches, and nice clothes. Asides that, I am still Wizkid. I no tall, still same height. -WizKid

If you look at my career and you look at the span of my work and the things I have done, as far as to garner fame, you'll see that I have turned down more interviews than I do. Or I turn down more things than I do. -Jay-Z

This is what I would say to my pupil: 'You have become only your fame and left behind most of who you were. How are you going to deal with that? Will you lose that person forever? Have you become someone else without really knowing it? Do you always have to stay in character for people to like you? Do you know that you are in character?'. -Grace Jones

Show me an actor who doesn't want to be famous, and I'll show you a liar. Later, you realise that there's more to it than just the acquisition of fame, and money and girls. But that is what drives them and was what drove me, initially. -Kevin Bacon

My father was into fame and leaving his mark. He was a city planner, sort of a genius in that world, the Robert Moses of Philadelphia. He was on the cover of 'Time' once, and I remember going to his office and seeing, like, two hundred copies, which he would hand out to people. -Kevin Bacon

I always have to make it as clear as I possibly can that fame is 99.9 percent good. -Kevin Bacon

Keep doing what you're doing. Don't be afraid of fame. -Kevin Bacon

Slowly but surely, I went through different phases of fame, and each rises you further into isolation and alienation. -T. J. Miller

With fame comes opportunity, but in my opinion, it also includes responsibility – to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings and, if I'm lucky enough, then to inspire. -Meghan Markle

Before he played CIA Director Saul Berenson on 'Homeland,' a much younger Mandy Patinkin gained some fame as Inigo Montoya, a legendary swordsman, in 'The Princess Bride.' -Michael Hayden

I never had huge amounts of money when I was young. I had huge amounts of fame, and I always had the sense of labor and recompense. I always said I don't want to work for pay, but I want to get paid for my song. -Leonard Cohen

With a modest amount of looks and talent, and more than a modicum of serendipity, I've managed to stretch my 15 minutes of fame into 50 years of good fortune. -Robert Vaughn

Basically, what it comes down to is I love what I do. I don't do it for fame. I don't do it for money. I just love it. -Larry King

When a fan says, 'Man, you saved my life; I heard 'Jungleland'… and I cried… and I felt joy in my life again,' that's my hall of fame. -Clarence Clemons

There's a long way to fall when you pretend that you're so far away from the earth, far away from reality, floating in a bubble that's protected by fame or success. It's scary, and it's the thing I fear the most: to be swallowed up by that bubble. It can be poison to you, fame. -Rihanna

If you chase fame, you make bad choices. Being famous isn't interesting. -Justin Theroux

I've made a couple of comments about fame, and my kids are going to be put in – in, you know, working at Taco Bell when they're 16 so they know what a real job is like, and – and know what it's like to – to really earn money. -Kevin Federline

I know I've said it before in interviews, but the idea that all actors have their eye on some sort of prize – it being an Oscar, or fame, or whatever – not all actors I know are like that. -Ruth Negga

I don't want to do things because it will please other people. I'm not doing this to get fame or any attention. I try to be selective about who I get advice from. I would like to contribute to the art world, but, you know, you can't plan these things. -Tali Lennox

As far as fame, the everlasting fame thing. I used to think that was important for a writer… the desire to make your mark. -Kris Kristofferson

When all these huge offers start coming in, people see dollar signs. People see fame. I just knew that it was a lie. Unless you really hit it off in radio right away – a lot of my friends didn't, and they were getting put in so many horrible positions where they were getting stuck. They weren't even allowed to release music. -Jacob Whitesides

I'm trying to be a working actor. I'm not in pursuit of fame. I'm not trying to be in the kinds of films that make you famous like that. -Sarah Gadon

Robert Altman was a very jovial guy and obviously a famed improviser and perhaps less effective in post-production, which is like the crystallising process. So I found myself at sea often with him because we'd have conversations about what music is, and in the end, I don't know how interested he was? -Thomas Newman

In a world where a lot of people's sense of self is dominated by how many people are following their Twitter feed, what does fame really do, and why is it important? -John Carroll Lynch

I realised those things my ego needed – fame and success – were going to make me terribly unhappy. So I wrenched myself away from that. I had to. I had to walk away from America and say goodbye to the biggest part of my career because I knew, otherwise, my demons would get the better of me. -George Michael

I'm not stupid enough to think that I can deal with another 10 or 15 years of major exposure. I think that is the ultimate tragedy of fame… People who are simply out of control, who are lost. I've seen so many of them, and I don't want to be another cliche. -George Michael

I was lucky to be with Johnny… he taught me a lot about fame. -Kate Moss

People dream to be in the WWE, but my dream is to be the best in the WWE. They can have the money and fame. My dream is to become known as the greatest wrestler of all time. -Sasha Banks

Look, the fame rocket is only on the upward trajectory for a limited time. -Guy Fieri

There's so much crap attached to acting: the fame aspect, the ego aspect, the 'Am I good, am I bad, am I being judged, who likes me, who doesn't like me…' -Rebecca Hall

I don't want to have anything to do with that: just the fame without personal respect for your privacy. -Lucas Till

In journalism, we recognize a kind of hierarchy of fame among the famous. We measure it in two ways: by the length of an obituary and by how far in advance it is prepared. Presidents, former presidents, and certain heads of state are at the top of the chain. -Walter Cronkite

I was born in fame. I was always recognised and known. Personally, I feel normal about it. -Amitabh Bachchan

That whole Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame thing – at least half the people in there don't have a place in any kind of hall of fame anywhere, in my opinion. -Butch Trucks

I think that, occasionally, fame and popularity can garner more attention for individuals or films. But as a person who believes in my craft, I like the romantic notion that skill and hard work is more important than notoriety. -Nargis Fakhri

Singers are definitely getting their due in Bollywood. I feel that music composers, on the other hand, tend to lose out on the popularity, fame, and success that singers usually enjoy. -Armaan Malik

I think fame makes people a bit nervous. -John Hurt

Self-esteem is something I still battle. People look at me and say, 'You've got fame. You've got admiration. You've done this; you've done that.' As far as I'm concerned, I haven't done anything. I've just fulfilled a dream of competing. -Jerry West

I think, most of the time, fame is just an inconvenience that needs to be negotiated around to get done what you're actually trying to do. -Charlie Hunnam

There's nothing ever monetarily or fame-seeking or any of the other motivations that sometimes go hand-in-hand with this profession. To me, it's just not like that. I'm on a journey of self-discovery and trying to avoid total existential crisis. That's the kind of operating zone that I'm approaching this business from. -Charlie Hunnam

After becoming famous, I've realised how overrated fame is. It gets in the way of normal life. -Ranveer Singh

Only the film industry can make you an overnight success. Unlike other jobs where you have to work your way up, here you can reach dizzying heights of fame instantly. -Samantha Akkineni

I love acting, but I'm not too crazy about money or fame. They don't drive me. -Samantha Akkineni

Having all that – the fame and adulation and women and all that stuff they talk about – doesn't make you happy. You have to make yourself happy. -David Cassidy

When you cut your life into a film – 90-some minutes of film – you end up taking snapshots and vignettes of the highlights of it – marriage, divorce, death, success, fame, loss. The up and the down and the up again. -David Cassidy

When you go through hell, your own personal hell, and you have lost – loss of fame, loss of money, loss of career, loss of family, loss of love, loss of your own identity that I experienced in my own life – and you've been able to face the demons that have haunted you… I appreciate everything that I have. -David Cassidy

They say fame is important and that maintaining your fame is even more important. But to me, the most important thing is to deserve the respect of your fans. -Juan Gabriel

You don't know who wants you for you, who wants you for the money, who wants you for the fame. You have no idea. And how would you know? There's no way. -J. J. Watt

From my position, obviously I want to maximise my potential and go as far as I can go and as high as I can go, but I'm not chasing fame. I get enough of that. -Andre Ward

I'm not one of the guys in the league for the fame. I'm here so I can take of my family, my mom, my friends and take care of myself. -Kawhi Leonard

I don't like fame; I prefer to have no profile. But this is not possible for me. -Caster Semenya

There was one point where my mother was dying of lung cancer, and a journalist dressed up as a nurse and got in the house to get a picture of her, dying of lung cancer and stuff like that, and then you realise the fame's not all it's cracked up to be. -Pete Burns

Although I do not believe in fame, what it brings me is the fact that I can ask someone to work with me, and they do not say no. -Rei Kawakubo

Sometimes, fame does scare me. When people know where you are and what you're doing, that can be frightening because I'm such a private person. So I like to try and keep things light-hearted and stay as private as possible. -Poppy Delevingne

Asked to choose between money and fame, I'd choose the latter every time. -Hansika Motwani

My way of connecting to the community that I imagined was out there somewhere for me, but wasn't there right now was to download tons and tons of discographies of famed divas. So I had Christina Aguilera's discography, Whitney Houston's discography, Mariah Carey's discography, all of that. -Liv Bruce

I think you can become dependent on fame and be as known as you want to be, you know? -Claire Danes

If you ask me what's harder, being famous or flying to space, I'd say fame is much harder. -Yi So-Yeon

My desire for fame is infinite. -John Paul Jones

When I come to reflect on the subject, in no country have I received such honors or been so esteemed as in Italy, and nothing contributes more to a man's fame than to have written Italian operas, and especially for Naples. -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The myth of fame and the myth of success is cultivated because it is monetisable and it is profitable. -Hozier

I guess I don't know if I'm comfortable with fame or touring or promo or any of that stuff, and I really discovered that I love working for people and co-writing and working under someone. -Sia

I'm not selling a dream; I'm not selling fame like it is some sort of fantastic thing. -Sia

I'd had a relationship with a woman when I was 20, but nobody cared then. As it came out at the same time as my fame, I started to have panic attacks. -Sia

Landscape is my mistress – 'tis to her I look for fame. -John Constable

I don't care what people think of me, unless they think I'm mean or something, but I don't care if they think I'm like someone else because I know I'm not – I'm a total weirdo. I'm not selling a dream; I'm not selling fame like it is some sort of fantastic thing. I'm just trying to sell music and get on with my real life. -Sia

Truth be told, I'm not all that comfortable with celebrity culture. That was always something that baffled me, the obsession over fame. I don't think that's a reason why anyone should get into making music. -Hozier

Celebrities choose fame. Royals have it thrust on them. -Claire Foy

I should have conceived the idea for 'The Mighty Walzer' earlier. A boy who dreamed of winning fame, fortune, and the adoration of beautiful women as a table-tennis player – shame on me for taking so long to see the mock-heroic possibilities in that. -Howard Jacobson

I've made mistakes. Like, bringing people to your level who don't deserve to be there. They're trying to bite off your so-called fame, make a name off of you. I think I did a lot of that – allowed people to be relevant in my life who really aren't relevant to me at all. -Odell Beckham, Jr.

When you find fame, or you get signed to a record label, it's not what you imagined – because you imagined they would have 100 percent trust or faith in you as an artist. Unfortunately, that's not really the case – it's what sells. -James Arthur

The Internet made fame wack and anonymity cool. -Frank Ocean

I think fame is such a scary thing, and it's something I can never understand. It's terrifying, but it's the only way I get to do what I love every day, you know? -Alessia Cara

Whatever fame or success we have right now came strictly from us playing. As long as we focus on music and not trying to be stars, I think we'll be okay. -Trombone Shorty

I want to have the great roles that move people profoundly. I want to have the choice and be given the opportunity to play those roles, and unfortunately, fame plays a huge part in that. -Essie Davis

There are many ways to be hungry. One can hunger for love, or fame or social justice, but hunger for food seems to curb all other cravings. -Hamza Yusuf

It's nice to be recognized, but at the same time, there are always consequences. You may get fame, but you lose anonymity. You lose a certain sense of who you are. -Mike Colter

No, I'm not angling for huge fame. My career has been a very slow, arduous climb to the middle. -Paul Sparks

In general, when you have success on the field, you're more popular, and you have that fame that comes with it. You realize you're in the public eye more, and you've got to be a little bit more careful about some of the things you're doing out in public and make sure you're smart about the things you say. -Aaron Rodgers

I believe that reality shows are extremely important for the talented. Contestants get a platform where they can prove their talent. If they are good at what they do, their life is made. Personally, reality shows have helped me get fame and money. -Remo D'Souza

Firstly, 'Dance plus' is the only dance reality show in India with an entire panel of captains who rose to fame through their dancing skills. The show will introduce audiences to new trends and evolved dance forms through solo, duo, and group performers. -Remo D'Souza

Kids will ask us 'How do you become famous?' It's the wrong question. Focus on the craft, not on the fame. -Isaac Hanson

We were always authentic when it came to our style. From when we started to the height of our fame, we've always been consistent in our look because how we dressed was a result of how we felt. We weren't playing dress-up. -Tionne Watkins

I think, for me, the only real value to fame, stuff like that, is that you can then have a lot more creative power to get certain movies made and to do certain things. -Alden Ehrenreich

Being a star comes with not just fame and fortune, but with awareness and responsibility. -Joanna Krupa

People complain about Hollywood comedians, but I feel like I selected a tremendous group, ones who aren't fame-obsessed. -Tig Notaro

I took off the makeup and stashed the crown, and now I was just another young woman out in the world. It's almost dizzying how fast the fame goes away – like a stage that turns dark at the end of a performance. -Gretchen Carlson

On the street, on the train – I pull my hat down, and nobody knows it's me. I always wanted the kind of fame that came with an off button. -Boy George

I was anxious to get back to my life before 'Will & Grace.' You do need that time to find who you are again. Who am I without this? With fame, you can't help but lose yourself. You want to be the one who says, 'I'll always remain the same,' but it is humanly impossible to disallow fame to change you. -Sean Hayes

My claim to fame has always been that iconic picture that ended up in 'The San Francisco Chronicle' of Bill Russell jumping over my head. -Johnny Mathis

In about a year's time, Elvis went from being very poor and living with his family in government housing in Memphis to all of a sudden being the biggest star in the world. Once fame hit, there was a lot of temptation and also a lot of stress. -Drake Milligan

Being on 'Star Trek,' you have a funny relationship with fame. -Robert Picardo

Judi Dench, apart from the name and fame, is the most genuinely hilarious, sophisticated, and loving person I have known. And I mean all of that together at once. That's something. -Ali Fazal

I think every job I do, I sort of look for the challenge in. I mean, that's why we do this job. It's not, you know, obviously not for the money or for the fame, it's for, I guess finding out more about yourself. -Sam Heughan

I think you can overthink dealing with fame. To an extent, you've got to put yourself out there, but I feel like your work should really speak for itself, and I don't feel the need to go and make everyone like me because, to be honest, I'm not looking to be friends with the world. I'd much rather people watch the things that I'm in. -Fionn Whitehead

If there was no fame involved and very minimal money – which is the case for most actors – I'd still be doing it. If I wasn't good enough to be a professional, I'd be an amateur actor. -Mark Rylance

From my experience and understanding, I believe money follows name and fame, while recognition calls for a huge amount of sacrifice. To get something, you have to lose something. That's the rule of life. -Lata Mangeshkar

Fame in itself is, you know… It involves a whole discussion on just that word, 'fame.' It's a power; it's another degree of power, to be famous. I think it's obvious: you have more influence the more well-known you are. And, hopefully, it's righteously used. -Harry Dean Stanton

'Baahubali' has brought so much name and fame to our industry. And if given a chance to work with Rajamouli, who would say no? I hope to work with him. You never know, maybe my 151st or 152nd film. -Chiranjeevi

I've often thought – even though it's hard to give him even more credit than he has had – that Andy Warhol must have started a lot of 15 minutes of fame. -Lee Radziwill

If I lose touch with that… the reason why I act… then I'll leave it all. I don't do it for fame or money. -Ray Fearon

There are still recording artists out there doing things for the right reason, but a lot of people seem to be just driven by fame. -Biz Markie

I had talent, and I was hungry for fame, and you can't say I didn't get it. -Neil Sedaka

I hate the idea of massive fame. I think the scariest thing for an actor is when your name becomes bigger than your craft or what you can do. -Vanessa Kirby

Creativity is not about the fame. -Alessandro Michele

I don't like fame, I prefer to have no profile. But this is not possible for me. This is what I do, so I just have to find a way of being comfortable with it. -Caster Semenya

I didn't really get into the sport for fame. I didn't get into it to be this infamous guy that everybody worships. I got into this sport to make a difference. -Tyron Woodley

I didn't even know how to speak Hindi or act. I didn't think about fame and money. I didn't talk about money with the producers, as I was a minor. My parents handled that part. But I am from a family where money was never an issue. -Krystle D'Souza

We want to grow old together, and even when we won't have fame, success, fans, we know we will still be sticking to each other. -Amruta Khanvilkar

I did one show in Chennai. There was this little kid, dressed up as I dressed in 'Blue Eyes.' That's fame for me. -Yo Yo Honey Singh

It's a difficult world for lots of child actors, and it's difficult to be a teenager under any circumstances. Add to that notoriety and fame, and things can go really wrong. But I had a terrific family and grew up very normal in Phoenix. -Peter Billingsley

I don't know why people feel popular actors avoid doing mytho shows. Aren't they also doing good? Sometimes such shows give you more fame. -Ashish Sharma

If it were just a dream to be famous, then I probably would have died a really quick death, because there is nothing about me that equals fame. I'm not a standup comedian. I don't sing. -Viola Davis

I don't want to acquire whatever 'fame' is. -Lily Collins

Cricket is a team game. If you want fame for yourself, go play an individual game. -Gautam Gambhir

I never joined the TV industry for fame. -Shaheer Sheikh

I am into professional wrestling. Only Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling can qualify in Olympics. I chose professional wrestling for fame and limelight and good money. -Sangram Singh

Life is too precious to be squandered for fame or love. -Sangram Singh

There is much to life than fame and fortune. If you are a part of the entertainment industry, please remember it is all temporary. -Sangram Singh

Success is very intoxicating. It is very difficult to handle all the fame and adulation. It corrupts you. You start to believe that everybody around you is in awe of you, that everybody wants you, and that everybody is thinking of you all the time. -Ajith Kumar

I have been in love with my wife since I was 17. She has always been my strongest support. Even when I didn't have this fame, she was there. -Fawad Khan

London and its people are famed for their incredible indifference to one another, but it's actually a charade that requires some effort to maintain. -Robert Rinder

Every creativity has a motive. Either one does it for money, for fame, or for passion. My energies go out for passion. -Varun Dhawan

All stars are businessmen. Once you decide to become a star, you are talking about money, fame, and being successful. -Kamal Haasan

Only we were in The Cranberries. Only we know what it was like being in that crazy whirlwind of fame. We have children and spouses and lives, but there is only one Cranberries. -Dolores O'Riordan

It was tough. We went right from being teenagers to musical superstars with money and fame and attention. All of us had a hard time adjusting to it, especially me. -Dolores O'Riordan

I was really uncomfortable with fame. I mean, it's lovely and flattering, and you enjoy all the razzmatazz and being flown around, but when people suddenly call you a star, you think, 'I'm not a star, I'm just playing a star role.' -Tim Pigott-Smith

I'm not really into the fame side of things, so I'm very happy with making a film every four years or so. -Martin McDonagh

You have to put time into the art to do it, and you have to know that what you'll get out of it is not a financial or a fame thing. It'll just be the pleasure of being an artist. And I'm cool with that. -Dawn Richard

My uncle is in the hall of fame for creating by hand some of the most intricate Indian Mardi Gras garb. -Dawn Richard

There will always be a measure of calculated risk-taking in manufacturing fame, especially in a deeply divided political climate. -Elaine Welteroth

How is it possible to defame Trump? When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a 'moron,' was that defamatory or merely the prosaic truth? -Richard Cohen

Let me tell you, seven days without Wolf Blitzer is heaven. A week outside 'The Situation Room' is downright calming. No 'breaking news!' No hype. Blitzer is a first-class journalist, and I mention him only by way of acknowledging his fame. -Richard Cohen

To me, music is art and fashion is art, but fame? Fame isn't art, but the person you become when you're famous – your alter ego – that's art. -Cardi B

I'm looking through old things of mine, and there was this binder from when I was 14 years old. It is essentially a dream board. It is a school binder that I had put magazine clippings on. It said, 'TV actress, fame, a picture of Halle Berry, a picture of Christina Aguilera.' I was obsessed with both of them. -Teyonah Parris

I think people got this idea that I wanted to be a star. Managers of the past don't have any kind of public persona – it's all about the fame of the artist. I really don't want to be a star. I just want to have a platform. -Scooter Braun

Jason Bourne is supposed to be really sneaky and spry, but as soon as he walks by, everybody pulls out their cell phones and starts recording. That level of fame is wild to see. -Ato Essandoh

In college, I was an education major and qualified for several jobs. But the fame that came with the Olympic medals was too threatening to many people. -Wilma Rudolph

I didn't really plan on fame. I never really factored that part into my life. -Jason Mitchell

You get early inoculation against the idea of success if you're a poet. When I published my first collection of sonnets, I sold about five copies; now kids study them for A level. Wanting to be successful in that other world of money or fame is not interesting. Poetry isn't like that, and it never has been. -Tony Harrison

Most actors come from the streets, and their rise to fame is guided by a natural anger. It was harder to find that rage coming from a gentle background. -Christopher Plummer

I started out on the stage, then I had a great career in television for quite a few years. The good news about a TV series is that they give you a certain amount of fame and money. The bad news is that you're in people's living rooms every week and get associated with a particular character. -Brian Stokes Mitchell

With fame comes the responsibility of what you say. If the country is watching you, there ought to be substance, something worthwhile to speak about. -Ranveer Brar

Bermuda's beaches are justly famed for their pink sands, colored by the pulverized shells of single-celled organisms called foraminifera. When occupied by bikini-clad sunbathers, the beaches, with Victorian primness, appear to be blushing. -Jonathan Miles

For professional athletes, the motives for cheating generally are more obvious: money, fame, and often a low likelihood of being caught. But why would a middle- or back-of-the-pack runner lie or cheat in a race that doesn't even matter? -Mary Pilon

I don't want to be a rock star. I had my 15 minutes of fame. -Linda Perry

If a person's self-worth derives from being the only woman in the field, how much affection can she feel toward another woman who might challenge that claim to fame? -Eileen Pollack

When I was a child, I used to dream about being onstage in front of thousands of people, and it happened. It's not about the fame; it's about people being touched. -Fantasia Barrino

I came to the States less to find fortune and fame and more to kind of have a life experience of seeing something new. -O. T. Fagbenle

What fame does is there is an illusion of familiarity that is cast into the world. So it's about negotiating with that illusion because, oftentimes, you encounter people who have encountered you, but you haven't encountered them. It's a little weird to find your footing. -Lupita Nyong'o

I loathe anyone impressed by fame or money. -David Hepworth

It is the melancholy fate of all young legends to becoming better known for the things they did to exploit fame than the things that made them famous in the first place. -David Hepworth

Your fame and your success moves much more rapidly than your ability to fund it. -Ashley McBryde

My husband and I went to Venice, Italy, for our first-year anniversary and spent a day on the Island of Burano. There, we had lunch at the famed Trattoria al Gatto Nero da Ruggero – one of the most incredible meals of our lives. -Maneet Chauhan

What made Andy famous was the years I managed him. I created the Velvet Underground and told him not to worry about them because they would help his career. All those things I did created his fame. -Paul Morrissey

Some Americans question Donald Trump's legitimacy as president. Others are angry any questioning occurs. Let's not forget that one of Donald Trump's claims to fame was precisely such questioning. He openly doubted the legitimacy – more than that, the citizenship – of President Barack Obama. -Ana Navarro

In America , there's a just-add-water reality TV world in which people expect to get their Warholian 15 minutes of fame. -Kehinde Wiley

You have a deeper purpose that drives you. You have to talk to yourself about what that purpose is. If you run through like a hamster to chase fame or money, you might end up wasting your life away. You find what drives you and gives you energy. -Daniel Lubetzky

I think that our language, culture, age, fortune, property, and our fame is all a facade. In the end, we're all the same. -Jenova Chen

Bashar al-Assad's henchmen stomped on the hands of famed Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat. Our dictators tailor wounds to suit their victims' occupations. -Mona Eltahawy

I feel like I've seen a lot of talented people, and some have gone on to great things, and some have gone on to successful careers and done alright but without great amounts of fame and recognition. -Wyatt Cenac

They had to debate whether Joe Frazier should be in the Boxing Hall of Fame or not. I'm making sure that it would be a felony to sit down and debate whether or not Bernard Hopkins deserves to be in the hall of fame. -Bernard Hopkins

Sometimes fame overshadows an artist's music, and we forget just how incredibly talented these people truly are. -Elvis Duran

I read Naomi Klein's 'No Logo' when I was 15. It's one of the things that's shaped my relationship to fame – to endorsements, to selling things. -Andrew Garfield

I have very strong feelings about what modern fame means, and the toxicity of it. -Andrew Garfield

In my 15 minutes of fame around 'Diamonds and Dirt,' it was not a healthy time for me because of my insecurity. -Rodney Crowell

As a young man, I craved fame. I was trying to fix holes in my soul that were there from childhood. -Rodney Crowell

You create content because you love it, not necessarily because you're looking for fame or know what it will potentially lead to. -Franchesca Ramsey

For me, this profession is about having a career where you can go on working for 60 years, so I'm not particularly bothered by things to do with fame; I like to think that I just do what I do. -Richard McCabe

American film isn't just film and glamor and fame and the lives of people who are fortunate financially. Those aren't the only stories in this vast nation. That's my mandate. -Debra Granik

You can't just slander someone, defame them, lie about them. You can't incite people to crime. There's all sorts of reasonable restrictions on free speech that are already codified in the British common-law system. -Jordan Peterson

I dearly believe in my heart that Goldberg is a family man who has a profound love for his wife and son and wants his family to see him as that superhero that people romanticize him being during the height of his fame. -Paul Heyman

The fame is the downside. I can't think of many positive things about it – except that when I go to parties, I don't have to stand there like a lemon. -Michael Buble

The only thing fame has changed about me is that I'm more self-aware when I go out in public. -Miles Teller

Being famous for fame's sake wasn't the goal when I co-founded the Go-Go's. I just wanted to sing and have a laugh. -Belinda Carlisle

I think the selfie age is kind of making fame annoying. -Syd

I do not want fame. -Tu Youyou

My actual biggest claim to fame is that – basically, this sounds awful and really pretentious – but my Twitter is verified. And if you're already verified on Twitter, then your Vine is automatically verified. -Miles Heizer

I really tried to take advantage of my 15 minutes of fame. And I've gotten lucky – those 15 minutes have become several years. -Colleen Ballinger

The clock has been turned back on racial progress in America, though scarcely anyone seems to notice. All eyes are fixed on people like Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey who have defied the odds and achieved great power, wealth, and fame. -Michelle Alexander

Before, it had been fame, and then super-fame came. And then it became super-super-fame. One loses one's personal life, really; you're recognized everywhere. But I embraced that. -Donovan

I have to say, post-fame was difficult because it wasn't just fame: it was super-fame of a kind that few have. It was attached to a generation's dreams, and my own personal dreams were mixed up in it, too. -Donovan

I went to America not for fame or fortune but to be able to communicate with the biggest audience. -Donovan

Myself and The Beatles thought surely there was a way through our fame and success to bring something to our generation to help chill the future out. -Donovan

Money and fame, it only makes you so happy. You gotta find other reasons to fight. I want a certain amount of money to do the things that I want to do. -Rose Namajunas

I'm not a big fan of fame; I'm a big fan of success. -J Balvin

No aspect of my brief and mild fame actually made me happier. -Chris Gethard

Shangela and I are both the type of queens who will taffy-pull 15 minutes of fame into something solid. -Trixie Mattel

A gimmick would be something you'd do to attract attention or to bring fame and fortune. -Mark Kozelek

Keep da money, cars, fame, and jewelry, and jus give me all the happiness – I'll be good forever. -21 Savage

Status doesn't matter; fame doesn't matter. You have to be really, really grounded in who you are and feel good as a person inside. -AJ Michalka

I was always a funny person. I thought I would play some good ball, and the Harlem Globetrotters would see me, and that would be it – fame. -Sinbad

I lived in L.A., and the possibility out there is endless. I could've done reality TV! It was offered to me plenty of times. But that just wasn't where my heart was. If I wanted quick fame or quick money, I could've taken that route, but it just wasn't settling right with me. -Karrueche Tran

One of my first heroes was Jim Robson, the hall-of-fame broadcaster with the Canucks and Hockey Night in Canada, and Jim Ross with the WWE and Howard Cosell was a big influence on me. -Mauro Ranallo

As fame becomes more democratized, we might all have to start struggling with the powers, anxieties, and responsibilities of being a minor celeb. -Max Joseph

Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for everything, but I don't wanna make it seem like I wouldn't be able to survive without fame. 'Cause I did it for 13 years. -Danielle Bregoli

What's the reason I'm playing basketball? I do it because I love it, I do it because of my family, and that's it. I don't do it because of the money. I don't do it because of the fame. I just do it because I love it, and I do it for my family because my family enjoys it. -Giannis Antetokounmpo

Art can contextualise and buttress fame. So rather than being antagonistic in the way Fugazi would have had it in 1989, particularly in the present, maybe they are one – they belong to one another. -David Longstreth

For somebody like Kanye, fame is the fullest realisation of his art in a way. It's like an Andy Warhol dream or something. He's able to marshal all of these different artforms and media into his story, in this very layered, idiosyncratic way. -David Longstreth

You can't win fame; you have to earn it. If you're given fame without working for it, then you're not going to be ready for it. -Lemmy

I'm not entering politics for name or fame. -Rajinikanth

I believe spiritualism is above everything, and I would choose it over name, fame, and money because spiritualism gives you power, and I love power. -Rajinikanth

We wrap ourselves up in social media and fame and forget what matters. -Noah Cyrus

The life of fame was never meant for me. -Kim Jong-hyun

'Sacred Games' is a huge milestone in my career, as I have never received such fame, attention, and success in my life. -Kubra Sait

If the hall of fame happens, what a tremendous honor. But it's just icing on the cake. -Kurt Warner

I think I've watched and been around so many people that are of a high celebrity grade that I've attempted to soak in every kind of way to deal with fame. -Machine Gun Kelly

I am not concerned about my posthumous fame. Monuments are no good to the dead. -Varg Vikernes

I have fame, and I'm living this life, but sometimes I forget, and I go out to dinner or walk to the movies like nothing's wrong. -Radamel Falcao

For some people, when you walk into a room, what your fame means to them can be like pointing a weird gun at them. It triggers something. They might get really giggly or flirty or cold or confrontational. -Patricia Arquette

I like the legend behind him. James Dean symbolizes the young actor's dream. He struggled to get into Hollywood. He shot to fame at the age of 24 but only got to star in three films. It's kind of a fantasy of what could have been. -Greg Sestero

My dreams are bigger than money; they're bigger than fame. -Kenny Omega

I'm not after the money or the fame. I'm after the world championship, and that's it. -Chael Sonnen

I have struggled hard to attain this fame. -The Great Khali

I had no idea that our love of fame was going to display itself in a high political office on a world stage. -Justine Bateman

There's an attention paid to the fame – the sort of sheath that's on you, this sort of cloud that's covering over you – and that's what people want to touch. It's not even really you that they want to touch. -Justine Bateman

There is often better opportunity attached to fame, at least career-wise. But it's a flash. You can't control it. You can't depend on it. -Justine Bateman

You can't really fault people who are experiencing fame. They're just making their way through, and everybody around them is reflecting this fame right back at them. It's strange. -Justine Bateman

At 16, 19, 20, you're just kinda going along with whatever's happening. You're not as proactive as you become when you're older. And particularly, something like fame that's happening so quickly – the requests are coming so quickly for you to do interviews or photo shoots, or you're getting work opportunities or whatever, it's happening so fast. -Justine Bateman

We were at the level of fame where you just can't go anywhere. -Justine Bateman

I'm not saying I'm ungrateful for fame at all. I'm just saying it's a crazy emotional experience. -Justine Bateman

There's a panic, a rush, to this 'achievement' of fame. There's also the ambivalence of fame: the love of it and the hatred of it. We sometimes hate the famous while, at the same time, straining to achieve fame oneself. -Justine Bateman

Somewhere along the way, we made it unpopular to value oneself outside the structure of fame. We created these new categories, even – reality stars, YouTube stars, Instagram-famous, Twitter-famous – when we enlarged the fame game board to allow new valuations within the fame structure to accommodate as many people as possible. -Justine Bateman

Pursuing fame is the ultimate in people-pleasing and the ultimate betrayal of self. -Justine Bateman

I'm a warrior at heart. A lot of other people do it for money, or they want stardom and fame because they want to be famous or they just want to be on TV, and they just happen to have the skills to be a good fighter. -Ken Shamrock

The camera, I hate it. That's something I need to endure while working as an actor. In the end, because of fame, Gong Yoo exists. It's the driving force that keeps me going. -Gong Yoo

I have been reporting on celebrity stuff my whole career and am very aware that fame is a slippery slope. -Wendy Williams

A footballer can have even more problems than other people. Sometimes money and fame can become a problem, too. -Alvaro Morata

In the beginning, we might have been focused on totally just music and being famous, just wanting to have fame and make hot music, but as we got older, we had to understand that this is a business and that our moves need to be calculated. -Prodigy

I just struggle with the fame thing and people thinking I'm something I'm not. I'll always struggle with that until the day I die, I think. -Tony Bellew

Every single time I step into a ring, the same thing is on the line. Take away belts, take away money, take away glamour and fame. Ultimately, I'm fighting for one thing, and that's my life. -Tony Bellew

I've had time to taste fame, but I definitely lean towards being the kind of actor where I'm happy to be able to walk down the street and go to the corner store and not get hassled. -Dan Fogler

I feel like it's big now with the passing of Mac Miller. Rest in peace, Mac Miller, who was a good friend of mine. That just showed people, like, it could happen to anybody. Just because you have fame or money, you're not immune to negativity and depression and stress. -Soulja Boy

I feel fame shouldn't necessarily get me going, but I understand it is part of the job. Sometimes, it is inconvenient and unnecessarily imposing in your personal life. -Ishaan Khatter

It was never my fame – it was his fame. I was Clint's girl. I only stood to lose professionally. -Sondra Locke

If you want to be an actor, you must have total, ruthless commitment to your art. Don't be ambitious for fame or TV or movies. Art is a jealous mistress and will brook no competitors. Study all the time. Never stop reading. Never stop learning speeches. It will fill you up – define and refine you. -Steven Berkoff

I enjoy fame, but I like normal, too. Going out is difficult; you are recognised, and you cannot be normal anymore… you start living in a bubble, and I am a normal guy. -Vikram

The Songwriters Hall of fame, that's the one all the big-time writers get into, the really great stuff, the Broadway stuff and all that. That would be something, to get your name in there. -John Prine

People think actresses have fame and money, but they are not aware of the difficulties we undergo. People should understand that we are sacrificing so much for our survival. -Tamannaah

I owe all the name and fame I have earned to regional cinema. -Tamannaah

I come from a poor community, and I still go back there whenever I can, and I think that makes it easier to cope with fame and being on TV. -Gabriel Jesus

I am not looking for fame. I prefer to have a normal life. -Oleksandr Usyk

As Stephen's fame began to take off in a big way, and because he was so immersed in physics, it was becoming more and more difficult to communicate with him. -Jane Hawking

I know how limited and how fleeting fame is, so I just try not to get excited about it, honestly. -Marc Martel

I'm lucky to be alive. I'm one of only 40 people who have survived the surgery I had, and when you've been that close to dying, you re-evaluate what's really important to you – and it's nothing to do with fame and money. -Chris Rea

I completely understand how temporary fame is, and I keep my sanity at all times. -Raashi Khanna

A lot of bands, they'll try to jump on the bandwagon or the fad or the fashion, and they'll skyrocket, have this quick overnight fame. But as soon as that fad or fashion changes, they'll go out with it. -Mike Portnoy

For me, the whole fame and industry facade is a load of rubbish. -Tulisa

It won't be fair on my part to name one song that brought me fame, but 'Suit Suit' from 'Hindi Medium' is close to my heart, and it quite turned tables for me. -Guru Randhawa

I had fame and wealth and things that are supposed to make you happy, but I wasn't happy, because there's no importance on having a fulfilling life. So in my mid-40s, that was my pursuit – making films that interested me, films that I would like to go see. -Bobcat Goldthwait

When your best friend dies, and you're crying on the balcony, and TMZ is taking pictures of somebody comforting you saying, 'Ooooo, scandalous' – that's the worst part of fame. -Blackbear

I could completely do without the fame. It makes me self-conscious. It is a responsibility. I believe that if people look up to you in any way, especially kids, then you have a responsibility to inspire them, both in your work and in your life. So, for me, that is a weight. -Josh Holloway

The people in my family couldn't adjust to the political atmosphere around me. I didn't want my political ambitions to cause stress or trauma for my family. I didn't want any name, fame, or money at the cost of my family. -Govinda

Top-level football gives you fame and money, but it takes away a lot, too. -Dimitar Berbatov

Once you have the money, fame, success or power, it's so easy to maintain that, because all you have to do is play it safe. -CL

It's amazing, the things you learn, the experiences you go through, the feeling of being like a rock star that goes with being a University of Kentucky basketball player. Just the ability to feel fame for the first time – that's something Kentucky gives you. -Karl-Anthony Towns

Aside from Joan Rivers and Roseanne, it's hard for me to think of any female comedian who's had kids and has a serious level of fame – like, the level where your mother has heard of them. -Ali Wong

I don't care about fame. Problems everywhere. -Lil Pump

People think your life's different because you've got money, you've got fame, so they don't treat you the same. -Wilfried Zaha

My family didn't come from fame. No one was musical in my family except for me. -Tiffany Darwish

I don't understand why everyone fights for power, money, fame. -Dani Alves

Money's a necessary evil, there to give you moments. It gives me things I couldn't have – nice things – but happiness? That's a not a question of money and fame. Quite the opposite. -Dani Alves

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