Famous Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old famous quotes, famous sayings, and famous proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

Anna Held

Famous, adj.: Conspicuously miserable.     

Ambrose Bierce

Being famous is such a gift for me because small things make people's lives brighter. You just shake somebody's hand. You just smile and write your name and people will talk about it for the rest of their lives.      

Will Smith

A man who is contented with what he has done will never become famous for what he will do.      

Fred Estabrook

The life of famous men was more glorious in antiquity; the life of obscure men is happier with the moderns.     

Madame De Stael

When you become famous, being famous becomes your profession.     

James Carville

The fellow that can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for he is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can't make anybody believe that he has it.     

Will Rogers

There have been as great souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous.      

Benjamin Franklin

The good part about being famous is being able to help people. The hard part is every day you have to be in a good mood, because that is what people expect. You learn to get good at it.     

Michael Jordan

All is ephemeral, - fame and the famous as well.     

Marcus Aurelius

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


I handle fame by not being famous. I'm not famous to me.     

Bob Marley

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

Hedy Lamarr

To be famous is to stand on a pedestal and give the world permission to tell you all your flaws.     

Chris Colfer

Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.     

Johann Von Goethe

Once you become famous, there is nothing left to become but infamous.      

Don Johnson

Before a man can wake up and find himself famous he has to wake up and find himself.     


Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of good looks     

Charles Dickens

Indeed, wretched the man whose fame makes his misfortunes famous.      

Lucius Accius

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

Ja Rule

I think that fame removes true happiness. Because when you are famous, people know you for who they think you are and when you are happy, it's because people have met you and see you for who you really are. Of course, if you are not a great person, it's better to be famous. But if you have greatness, it's better to not be famous.     

C. JoyBell C.

I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.     

Jim Carrey

Exposure makes you famous, not just good work. Famous is being plastered everywhere.     

Francesca Annis

Becoming famous is a strange thing in your own right.     

Carnie Wilson

The whole earth is the sepulchre of famous men.     


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.     

Fred Allen

It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.     

Lillian Hellman

To enjoy being famous, you need to have a screw loose.     

Diablo Cody

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.      

Wilson Mizner

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

Jiddu Krishnamurti