Famous Quotes and Sayings

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Famous Sayings

I never set out to become ‘famous.’ I mean, when you’re 14 you think ‘I’m gonna become a writer and people will want my autograph and that’ll be cool,’ but you grow up and you learn that’s just not how the world works. I resigned myself to the fact that I would probably never be published and if I did it probably wouldn’t be a big deal.

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

The obviously inexperienced pilot is the game the scientific air-fighter goes after, and the majority of victories are won that way. But, on the other hand, it is the novice usually who gets the famous ace by doing at some moment the unexpected thing.

I remember from my school days Archimedes jumping into his bath and displacing water and coming up with his famous principle, and of course Isaac Newton being hit on the head with an apple. In other words, this realm of human knowledge – which is mathematical, essentially – can have a playful visual element to it.

A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas – a place where history comes to life.

I think that people who are famous tend to be underdeveloped in their humanity skills.

One thing lots of Christians do have in common is that they can’t help coming across as smug. This winds lots of people up, particularly because famous Christians pronounce on the life of the poor from their very lovely affluent homes filled with their very lovely families and attractive pets.

More than 700 years ago, the Song Dynasty artist Zheng Sixiao created perhaps the most beautiful image of orchids ever painted, ‘Ink Orchid.’ And still famous today is a thousand-year-old poem from the Tang Dynasty called ‘Orchid and Orange.’

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.’

The world’s most famous and popular language is music.

If you took some famous religious leader, for example, and said it would be nice to clone them indefinitely so you have a dynasty of leaders, my own guess would be that each time the cloning takes place, they would become more and more defective, presumably mentally defective and subsequently worse.

I made myself famous by writing ‘songs’ and lyrics about the beauty of the things I did and ugliness, too.

I’d be happy if anyone wore my fragrance. They don’t have to be famous.

I don’t like a girl on social media, when you have an open inbox, answering questions from dudes left and right every day. What’s the point? It’s like having your number all out. Everybody think they’re famous when they get 100,000 followers on Instagram and 5,000 on Twitter.

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

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.

If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it – young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous – is changed by it.

Famous people are deceptive. Deep down, they’re just regular people. Like Larry King. We’ve been friends for forty years. He’s one of the few guys I know who’s really famous. One minute he’s talking to the president on his cell phone, and then the next minute he’s saying to me, ‘Do you think we ought to give the waiter another dollar?’

I never thought being famous would be wonderful, but my limited exposure to celebrity has shown me the dark side big-time.

I don’t like being famous – it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.

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.

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.

One famous movie executive, who shall remain nameless, exposed himself to me in his office. ‘Mr X,’ I said, ‘I thought you were a producer, not an exhibitor.’

If you like looking at ‘Starry Night’ or water lilies or whatever, then why does it matter if it’s an original? If the artist is still alive, and you want to support them, I get it. But if you want some famous dead guy’s work, that’s just a way for rich people to show off. It’s the upper-class version of driving a giant Hummer.

Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them.

Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.

I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous.

I feel lucky, where I’m not ‘famous’ famous. I’m not someone that everyone kind of knows for no reason. If people know who I am, they like me because if they didn’t like me, they forgot about me.

If you want to be popular and famous, you can do it; it’s dead easy if you have that ego desire. But most of my ego desires as far as being famous and successful were fulfilled a long time ago.

The strangest part about being famous is you don’t get to give first impressions anymore. Everyone already has an impression of you before you meet them.

I think Princess Diana probably had the most famous haircut, or Farrah Fawcett or Jennifer Aniston.

The one thing you’ve got to say about Columbia is that it has courses that are famous. It has alumni who come back and say it was the best thing they ever did.

But I didn’t ask to have somebody nose around in my private life. I didn’t even ask to be famous. All I asked was to be able to earn a living making people laugh.

The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You’re in a conversation and everybody’s agreeing with what you’re saying – even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don’t want to hear.

A lot of people these days are not music lovers – they just want to be famous which is a very different thing to what I grew up believing in.

You cannot hear the name Martin Luther King, Jr., and not think of death. You might hear the words ‘I have a dream,’ but they will doubtlessly only serve to underscore an image of a simple motel balcony, a large man made small, a pool of blood. For as famous as he may have been in life, it is – and was – death that ultimately defined him.

A lot of people have the misconception that I decided to become an actor when Lily became famous and have accused me of jumping on her bandwagon. But that’s completely untrue.

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

My mother always, always, always thought that I was going to be famous. Thought that I was going to win Oscars. In fact, I believe I accepted the Oscar as a ketchup bottle many a time in front of my mother in the kitchen. ‘I’d like to thank the Academy,’ I said with a ketchup bottle.

I went to Gettysburg College, where the famous Civil War battle was fought. I majored in English. I would’ve liked to major in writing, but they didn’t offer a major in that.

When you become famous, being famous becomes your profession.

I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.

The problem for us, as viewers, is that we want famous people who are passionate about the things they’re famous for, because that makes them worthy of the attention. But I think many of those famous people just want to be famous.

It’s too late for me to get married before I’m famous. You never know people’s intentions.

I’m a regular person. I know a lot of people love being famous. I don’t like it. I’m just chillin’. YouknowwhatI’msayin’?

I had a very famous trainer tell me once, ‘You can usually train a wild animal but never tame a wild animal, ever.’ They are always going to be wild, no matter what anybody says.

I was always obsessed with being famous. I had Marilyn Monroe paper dolls as a child, and I was always obsessed with her. I’ve just been really driven in that direction, and none of my friends were. So, I don’t know what put that bug in me at a young age.

The more they applaud, the bigger your salary will be.

Our top story tonight: Famous TV dolphin flipper was arrested today on prostitution ring charges. He allegedly was seen transporting two 16 year olds across state line for immoral porpoises.

What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous.

People like consistency. Whether it’s a store or a restaurant, they want to come in and see what you are famous for.

I’ve got a nice collection of paintings – a Basquiat, a black-and-white Warhol that’s like a Rorschach test, and I commissioned Takashi Murakami to do a ten-foot joint for me. It’s almost like the explosion in Hiroshima with his famous skeleton head. There’s a wall above my fireplace reserved for it.

I felt really happy to be able to film together with Korea’s most beautiful actress. Everyone thinks it’s because of her outward appearance that Song Hye-kyo became famous, but after working together, I realized her inner heart and personality are also good. Moreover, she has lots of acting experience, and I actually did learn a lot from her.

My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person.

My family’s lineage, we are warriors. The McGregor clan, we are warriors all through. We are famous all through the world for our fighting capabilities of all generations. So I have no doubt that’s stood to me and that led me down this path and gave me what I have.

I’ve never worried about being rich or famous – for me, it’s all about the dancing.

I don’t want to be famous. I like to be able to sit in a cafe and watch the world go by and observe people.

And I want to do it the right way, like everybody else, not just a famous figurehead that gets a job because he is a famous basketball player. I want to really learn the business.

I woke up one morning to find I was famous. I bought a white Rolls-Royce and drove down Sunset Boulevard, wearing dark specs and a white suit, waving like the Queen Mum.

Being rich and famous has never been my goal at all. I love to act and I want to be able to do really great parts.

Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.

Through the eight books in ‘The Treasure Chest’ series, readers will meet twins Maisie and Felix and learn the secrets and rules of time travel, where they will encounter some of these famous and forgotten people. In Book 1, Clara Barton, then Alexander Hamilton, Pearl Buck, Harry Houdini, and on and on.

Neil Armstrong was no Christopher Columbus. In most respects, he was better. Unlike the famous fifteenth century seafarer, Armstrong knew where he landed. He also spent his time in public service, not in jail, and his passing was marked by world-wide encomiums. He ended his days as a celebrated explorer rather than a royal inconvenience.

In the sixties, everyone you knew became famous. My flatmate was Terence Stamp. My barber was Vidal Sassoon. David Hockney did the menu in a restaurant I went to. I didn’t know anyone unknown who didn’t become famous.

I’m famous for splurging at fast-food places. I’m currently obsessed with Taco Bell’s bean and cheese burritos with extra green sauce and extra cheese. Gluttony!

Martyrdom: The only way a man can become famous without ability.

Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds, soon evaporate. Action is the dignity of greatness.

You don’t have to have an attitude if you’re famous.

If you’re doing this because you feel like you have a burning desire to do it, then you’ll find a way to do it, no matter what. If you’re doing this because you’re thinking, ‘Hey, this will be really cool. I’ll be famous. I’ll be on YouTube,’ then you’ll probably quit, because it’s not easy to do for the long haul.

When the #MeToo movement started and went viral, it was everyday people all around the world. The fact that the stories continue to be about famous white women has everything to do with who the media places attention on.

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.

Fame is the thirst of youth.

I wanted to be successful, not famous.

Jesus of Nazareth was the most famous human being who ever lived on this planet, and he had no infrastructure, and it’s never been done. He had no government, no PR guy, no money, no structure. He had nothing, yet he became the most famous human being ever.

If nobody recognizes you, if nobody cares, it’s easier to avoid getting carried away. That’s way harder if you’re a famous artist.

There’s the famous quote that if you want to understand how animals live, you don’t go to the zoo, you go to the jungle. The Future Lab has really pioneered that within Lego, and it hasn’t been a theoretical exercise. It’s been a real design-thinking approach to innovation, which we’ve learned an awful lot from.

Among famous traitors of history one might mention the weather.

If you chase fame, you make bad choices. Being famous isn’t interesting.

I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me.

When we were growing up our parents somehow made it clear that being famous was good. And I mistakenly thought that if I was famous then everyone would love me.

I think everybody has different priorities in their life. People live their lives differently. People become famous through all sorts of different reasons… some of it through art and some of it through just wanting to be famous. And I think how that all starts tends to reflect how you live your life daily.

You might not make it to the top, but if you are doing what you love, there is much more happiness there than being rich or famous.

When I was seven years old, I fell in love with a series published by Bobbs-Merrill called ‘The Childhood of Famous Americans.’ In it, historical figures like Clara Barton, Nancy Hanks, Elias Howe, Patrick Henry, and dozens more came to life for me as children.

I imagined being a famous writer would be like being like Jane Austen.

It’s sour grapes, I admit, I want to be more famous so people are examining my work couplet by couplet, you know what I mean? That’s the level where I want to go.

Fame – anyone who says he doesn’t like it is crazy.

I’d rather be able to face myself in the bathroom mirror than be rich and famous.

In the media age, everybody was famous for 15 minutes. In the Wikipedia age, everybody can be an expert in five minutes. Special bonus: You can edit your own entry to make yourself seem even smarter.

Of course, ‘I Will Always Love You’ is the biggest song so far in my career. I’m famous for several, but that one has been recorded by more people and made me more money, I think, than all of them. But that song did come from a true and deep place in my heart.

I know what it’s like to be famous. It’s good money and it’s great fun. A real kick in the pants. People wave at you and smile at you. You get great tables in restaurants. They send you gifts – beautiful clothes and cars.

I’m bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is ‘In 15 minutes everybody will be famous.’

The idea of being famous is a lot better than the reality.

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.

In its famous paradox, the equation of money and excrement, psychoanalysis becomes the first science to state what common sense and the poets have long known – that the essence of money is in its absolute worthlessness.

The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.

I catch myself every once in a while doing that weird thing that I see famous people do, where they have sunglasses and hats on and grow out beards thinking that they’re fooling people. Dude, you’re not fooling anyone: you look just like you.

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.

It’s difficult for me to trust a woman. Men are attracted to beautiful women. Women are attracted to men who offer security – financial security. And if you have money and you’re famous, women find that sexy.

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.

I became an actor, and because I had success as an actor, I became famous. I was acting for quite a while before I got famous; television made me famous. I guess that it’s television that is responsible for everybody’s desire to be famous.

I cannot turn my life back around. I’m already a public figure, I’m famous… It’s like, I might as well keep it going, might as well make the money.

I think that once you open the door and allow people in on a certain aspect, it’s very hard to then control how far that ripple effect is. So I think that the person who is known or famous has the ability to decide what they do or don’t want to share.

When I started out, I didn’t have any desire to be an actress or to learn how to act. I just wanted to be famous.

Tom Cruise, he’s a lot more famous than me.

Fame is like caviar, you know – it’s good to have caviar but not when you have it at every meal.

I’m not as famous as Stephen Hawking, but certainly in the U.S., I have a very high profile for a scientist. It is an awesome responsibility, one that I don’t shoulder lightly.

I’m famous today. People like me today. Might not like me tomorrow. You can’t count on it.

It was that famous joke: What’s the last thing the drummer said before he got kicked out of the band? ‘Hey, I wrote a song.’

There aren’t many downsides to being rich, other than paying taxes and having relatives asking for money. But being famous, that’s a 24 hour job right there.

I want to get so famous that I don’t have to wake up in the morning. It’ll probably never happen.

America is known as a country that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people. The image of the Statue of Liberty with Emma Lazarus’ famous poem. She lifts her lamp and welcomes people to the golden shore, where they will not experience prejudice because of the color of their skin, the religious faith that they follow.

Since I was seventeen I thought I might be a star. I’d think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix… I had a romantic feeling about how these people became famous.

If I wasn’t even famous or had any success, I would still wake up and put tons of make-up on, and put on a cool outfit. That’s always been who I’ve been my whole life, so that’s never gonna change. I love fashion. I love getting dressed up. I love Halloween, too.

You get to be famous or have some notoriety and there are so many people who want a piece of you.

Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m as famous for my wheelchair and disabilities as I am for my discoveries.

As with any moderately famous person, footballers are the source of much gossip. In fact, I’d go as far as to say they are targeted. The fun part as their partner is not knowing who, or what, to believe.

There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don’t care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it’s their fault.

I got into this business because I like acting and I want to make movies. I would be happy living the rest of my life never famous.

I’m kinda famous for my barbecues – I’m always hosting parties.

Before I was famous, when I was just working in Gilbert’s Lodge, everything was moving in slow motion.

What is it we want out of travel? Is it to take snapshots of ourselves in front of famous monuments, surrounded by other tourists? To eat unfamiliar food chosen from unintelligible menus? To earn frequent-flier miles? No. It’s to glimpse what life is like somewhere else.

Acting is not about being famous, it’s about exploring the human soul.

There is this power that comes with being famous.

My dear Mama, you are definitely the hen who hatched a famous duck.

People think being famous is so glamorous, but half the time you’re in a strange hotel room living out of a suitcase.

Fame is really strange. One day you’re not famous, and then the next day you are, and the odd thing is that you know intellectually that nothing in the world is different. What mattered to you yesterday are the same things that matter today, and the rules all still apply – yet everyone looks at you differently.

I find it weird the way people get so excited about celebrity. If my friends are on the phone, their friends will say: ‘Is that kid from ‘Love Actually’ there?’ And the phone gets passed round and I have to speak to this stranger asking: ‘Are you famous?’ I don’t know how to answer.

I’m more interested in being good than being famous.

I will either be famous or infamous.

To be a star is to own the world and all the people in it. After a taste of stardom, everything else is poverty.

I love being famous. It’s almost like being white.

Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.

Although I’m not an orphan and I can’t lift a horse. I was, however, briefly famous for my feats of strength: at about age 11, I could competitively arm-wrestle a full-grown man.

To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one’s landlady.

The office-as-playground trend was made famous by Google and has spread like an infection across the tech industry. Work can’t just be work; work has to be fun.

I seldom read anything that is not of a factual nature because I want to invest my time wisely in the things that will improve my life. Don’t misunderstand; there is nothing wrong with reading purely for the joy of it. Novels have their place, but biographies of famous men and women contain information that can change lives.

Who you are as a person will only be amplified once you are ‘famous,’ so if you had a good heart, then I would imagine you’ll have the same good heart but the means to do even more with it.

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.

I remember debating the finer points of flaky pastry with my chicken-pot-pie-obsessed American dad. I remember the divine mix of Thai food, TV dinners, and hearty, homemade goodness that have shaped this palate of mine to this day. I remember all this, but I still Google my husband’s birthday. Thank God he’s famous.

Thank God I arrived the day before yesterday, the first of the month, at this port of San Diego, truly a fine one, and not without reason called famous.

Famous people I’ve interviewed – powerful people, brilliant people, people whom you look at and think, ‘Seriously, do you not have pores?’ – have turned to me after interviews and asked, ‘Was I okay? I hope I was okay.’

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.

A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.

My buildings are more famous than me.

We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free.

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

You can’t copyright a urinal. But you could probably copyright a sculpture of a urinal. And like Duchamp’s famous work, code is both, at the same time.

It’s funny to be discovered by a lot of people who didn’t know you before. People always used to say, ‘Do you shop at Home Depot?’ or ‘Does your kid go to such and such school?’ They want to know why they know me, even if they don’t know my name. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, by the way; I think it’s nice to be kind of anonymously famous.

Me and my little brother never grew up wanting to be famous.

Everybody think they’re famous when they get 100,000 followers on Instagram and 5,000 on Twitter.

Fame changes everything. When you’re well-known, you’re expected to be different. Some people assume you must have a yacht and four homes. Or that you’re famous because you are ‘A Decent Man’.

I don’t feel famous.

Even as a kid, I never wanted to be famous; I wanted to be good.

In fact, I’d just like to own something. Everyone thinks I’m glamorous, rich and famous but all I’ve got is some recording equipment and a battered old BMW.

The world is a bell curve. Classroom test scores, employee performance in a company or how many people really, really like you. No matter the population you’re studying, they always fit neatly across the standard deviations of the famous bell curve.

The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world – Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon – there are more Muhammads than anything else. When I joined the Nation of Islam and became a Muslim, they gave me the most famous name because I was the champ.

We all got older, and we’d tell our children things like, ‘Mommy used to be in a famous rock band,’ but they didn’t believe us. Part of the reason for our reunion was to show our children what we did to make the lives they have possible.

In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.

When people say they prefer organic food, what they often seem to mean is they don’t want their food tainted with pesticides and their meat shot full of hormones or antibiotics. Many object to the way a few companies – Monsanto is the most famous of them – control so many of the seeds we grow.

And even though I’m famous, I still go through things that young people go through.

I learned to ride a ten-speed when I was 4 or 5. My uncle gave me the bike, hand-me-down, and everyone used to stare at me riding up and down this block. I was too short to reach the pedals, so I put my legs through the V of the frame. I was famous. The little kid who could ride the ten-speed.

All dictators, the rich and famous, to the lowest security guard who holds a gun, easily forget that power is transitory.

Pleasure without God, without the sacred boundaries, will actually leave you emptier than before. And this is biblical truth, this is experiential truth. The loneliest people in the world are amongst the wealthiest and most famous who found no boundaries within which to live. That is a fact I’ve seen again and again.

Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.

My first impression of Beverly Hills was that it had a landscape of small houses built by famous architects, so I didn’t want to make a big block or sculpture here; I wanted to make a community rooted to the place.

The bad thing about being a famous comedian is that every now and then someone approaches me to tell an old joke. Don’t tell me jokes – I have that. People also say the weirdest things, sometimes sarcastic things, and even evil things. They like to provoke to get a reaction.

If you want to be a rock star or just be famous, then run down the street naked, you’ll make the news or something. But if you want music to be your livelihood, then play, play, play and play! And eventually you’ll get to where you want to be.

I’m not thirsty. I’m not a pop star. I don’t want to reign over all forever… I don’t want to be famous! It makes me feel sick, the thought of being a famous person. It’s just not me.

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.

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.

The American Dream is a term that is often used but also often misunderstood. It isn’t really about becoming rich or famous. It is about things much simpler and more fundamental than that.

What made Louis Vuitton famous was the quality. We don’t do marketing; we just create products which are exceptional in their design and craftsmanship.

John Muir, the famous naturalist, wrote in his journal that you should never go to Alaska as a young man because you’ll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live. And there’s a lot of truth to that.

I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.

I didn’t start out to become famous, so when it disappeared, I thought, well, that happens sometimes.

The strong bond of sisterhood was a famous trait in classical art and literature about Amazons. But it was modern people who interpreted that as a sexual preference for women. That started in the 20th century. The Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva declared that Amazons were symbolic of lesbianism in antiquity.

Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.

It’s really easy to avoid the tabloids. You just live your life and don’t hang out with famous people who are in the tabloids. Don’t do anything controversial and be a normal person. Have friends. And get a job and keep working.

I drive around on my scooter in Milan alone – we don’t have bodyguards or anything like that. I am a fashion designer, not a celebrity, and although I get stopped for autographs and the like, I don’t think I am famous.

He caressed my backside. I had heard that he was famous for his ‘admiration’ of the ladies, but I didn’t expect him to be handling my booty. As handsome as Prince Philip is, I wasn’t sure if he was making a pass or just exercising some royal rights to squeeze the foreigners.

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