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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Fame
 
A good fame is better than a good face.  1
Ah! who can tell how hard it is to climb
The steep where fame’s proud temple shines afar.  Beattie.
  2
All fame is dangerous, good bringeth envy, bad, shame.  3
And what is fame? The meanest have their day,
The greatest can but blaze and pass away.  Pope.
  4
Better than fame is still the wish for fame,
The glorious training for a glorious strife.  Lytton.
  5
Common fame hath a blister on its tongue.  6
Common fame is a common liar.  7
Common fame is seldom to blame.  German.  8
Common fame seldom lies.  Dutch.  9
Every fame worth having must be fought for.  Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.  10
Fame and repute follow a man to the door.  Danish.  11
Fame is a magnifying glass.  12
Fame is a thin shadow of eternity.  13
Fame is but the breath of the people and that often unwholesome.  14
Fame is in the keeping of the mob.  15
Fame is the last infirmity of noble minds.  Milton.  16
Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.  Socrates.  17
Fame like a river is narrowest at its source and broadest afar off.  18
Folly loves the martyrdom of fame.  Byron.  19
Fondness for fame is avarice of air.  Young.  20
From fame to infamy is a beaten road.  21
His fame (’tis all the dead can have) shall live.  Homer.  22
If you would earn (or deserve) fame, let not the sun shine on you (or find you in bed).  Spanish.  23
Some have the fame and others card the wool.  Spanish.  24
The aspiring youth that fired the Ephesian dome outlives the pious fool that raised it.  Gibbon.  25
The way to fame is like the way to heaven, through much tribulation.  Sterne.  26
There is a different fame goes about of every man.  27
They say fame is a calamity, take care!  Turkish.  28
Various are the roads to fame.  Italian.  29
What is the end of fame? ’tis but to fill
A certain portion of uncertain paper.  Byron.
  30
What rage for fame attends both great and small!
Better be d—d than mentioned not at all.  Wolcott.
  31
Who can escape envy or blame,
That speaks or writes for public fame?  Dutch.
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