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Thoughts: Being a celebrity

Published: Dec 13, 2014 06:23:38 AM IST
Updated: Dec 12, 2014 05:03:55 PM IST
Thoughts: Being a celebrity
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A celebrity is a person who works hard all of their life to become well known, and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognised.
Fred Allen

A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn’t know.
Lord Byron

Celebrity culture has gone crazy, and I think the reason is that real news is just not bearable, and it also seems impossible to change anything.
Chris Martin

I feel like when you’re a celebrity, people dehumanise you and they forget you’re a real person.
Big Sean

I think any celebrity that adopts a child from a third world country is a fool.
Joan Rivers

The image is one thing and the human being is another. It’s very hard to live up to an image, put it that way.
Elvis Presley

I’ve always been famous, it’s just no one knew it yet.
Lady Gaga

It’s better for the whole world to know you, even as a sex star, than never to be known at all.
Marilyn Monroe

I don’t like to share my personal life… it wouldn’t be personal if I shared it.
George Clooney

A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services.
Daniel J Boorstin

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
Emily Dickinson

Celebrities are like infants. Neither can wipe their own ass.
Michael Brian

I don’t like the trappings of stardom. I wear the shoes and the Dolce & Gabbana, because I’m told to. But I’m not trapped by it.
Shah Rukh Khan

If you say a modern celebrity is an adulterer, a pervert and a drug addict, all it means is that you’ve read his autobiography.
PJ O’Rourke

(This story appears in the 26 December, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)