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Thoughts on Renown

Published: Jul 26, 2014 06:00:00 AM IST
Updated: Jul 26, 2014 09:12:46 AM IST
Thoughts on  Renown
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I’ve always been famous; it’s just that no one knew it yet.
Lady Gaga

I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.
Jimi Hendrix

Thankfully, perseverance is a great substitute for talent.
Steve Martin

Better was it to go unknown and leave behind you an arch… than to burn like a meteor and leave no dust.
Virginia Woolf

Heroes must see to their own fame. No one else will.
Gore Vidal

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
Theodore Roosevelt

The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.

I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.
Gustav Eiffel

It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot.
Vladimir Nabokov

Any star can be devoured by human adoration, sparkle by sparkle.
Shirley Temple Black

The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you.
Robert De Niro

Fame is an illusive thing—here today, gone tomorrow. The fickle, shallow mob raises its heroes to the pinnacle of approval today and hurls them into oblivion tomorrow at the slightest whim; cheers today, hisses tomorrow; utter forgetfulness in a few months.
Henry Miller

Renown? I’ve already got more of it than those I respect, and will never have as much as those for whom I feel contempt.
Jean Rostand

(This story appears in the 08 August, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Dr.a.jagadeesh

    Outstanding Quotations. Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

    on Aug 15, 2014