Fame is fickle in our fast-paced culture. You can be famous for winning an Oscar or you can simply be the star of a viral YouTube video. YourDictionary's famous quotes explore what the idea of fame means in today's world and whether notoriety is a goal worth pursuing.
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.lillian hellman
Passion for fame; a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.Edmund Burke
I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: "try being rich first". See if that doesn't cover most of it. There's not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. But when you become famous, you end up with a 24-hour job.Bill Murray
What’s the secret to being famous? While talent and luck do play a role, many people feel persistence and a belief in yourself are much more important. Bestselling young adult author Meg Cabot tells aspiring writers, "Save your rejections so that later when you are famous you can show them to people and laugh." Actress Laura Linney reminds us that, ”Just because you're not famous, doesn't mean you're not good.”
There's also something to be said for the idea that pursuing your passion is a better use of time than chasing fame. Bestselling author and columnist Maureen Dowd worries that our culture gives the idea of fame too much importance and distracts us from pursuing more noble goals. "Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve," she said.
Whether their fame comes suddenly or takes years, celebrities often feel conflicted about what being famous means once they've hit the spotlight. They may bask in the attention and extra money at first, but eventually start to worry about protecting their privacy and making time for a personal life. "A celebrity is a person who works hard all of their life to become well known, and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized," comedian Fred Allen said.
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