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In 1993 my birthday present was a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
Fame, do I like it? No. It has bought a lot for me in my career, but there are a lot of downsides to it. You give up your privacy. I did it to myself but not to my family and friends. You don't ask for it. You just have to live with it.
Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that, and changes name as it changes direction.
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.
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.
Fame changes a lot of things, but it can't change a lightbulb.
Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
Fame is fickle, and I know it. It has its compensations but it also has its drawbacks, and I've experienced them both.
Fame is empowering. My mistake was that I thought I would instinctively know how to handle it. But there's no manual, no training course.
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.
Andy Warhol made fame more famous.
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.
Fame is very agreeable, but the bad thing is that it goes on 24 hours a day.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
My friends are all really nice about my fame, they're just curious really, they ask lots of questions.
Fame is being asked to sign your autograph on the back of a cigarette packet.
Follow your passion. Nothing - not wealth, success, accolades or fame - is worth spending a lifetime doing things you don't enjoy.
Wealth, beauty, and fame are transient. When those are gone, little is left except the need to be useful.
As a player, it says everything about you if you made the Hall of Fame. But, then again, boy... there's something about winning a Super Bowl.
I would think if someone connected to steroids made the Hall of Fame, that would enhance my chances of making the Hall of Fame.
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.
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
Fame made me develop a panic disorder.
I owe my whole acting career to the fact that I'm a singer. I went out to Los Angeles and auditioned for a TV show called 'Fame L.A.' The original role was for a comedian, but they said I wasn't very funny, so they asked me, 'What else can you do?' So I played a singer.
I sacrificed my anonymity for my father, whereas he sacrificed me for his fame.
You know, I never looked down the road and said, 'Hey look, one day, the Hall of Fame.' It's always about playing each and every game 100 percent and I thank my teammates for getting me into the Hall because football is a team sport, not an individual sport.
Fame and success and titles stay with you, but they wear out eventually. In the end, all that you are left with is your character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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