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44 Famous Quotes – by the Famous or about being Famous

Presented by Charles L Harmon of Domain Sam

Claud Monet Street in Vetheuil

Claud Monet’s Street in Vétheuil in Winter, 1879, Gothenburg Museum of Art

Here are some thoughts from different people, some in different time periods and different places. Read these famous quotes and get some insight how various people feel about being famous.

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A famous person to themselves, they don’t get up in the morning and think, I’m famous. I’m not famous to me. Famous is a perception.
– Van Morrison

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

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Andy Warhol made fame more famous.
– Fran Lebowitz

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Being big and famous doesn’t get you more freedom, it gets you less.
– Robert Wyatt

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But I know newspapers. They have the first amendment and they can tell any lie knowing it’s a lie and they’re protected if the person’s famous or it’s a company.
– Steve Wozniak

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

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Famous, adj.: Conspicuously miserable.
– Ambrose Bierce

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Duke Ellington and President Nixon,

Ellington receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Nixon, 1969.

Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn’t want me to be too famous too young.
– Duke Ellington

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For a time, at least, I was the most famous person in the entire world.
– Jesse Owens

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For famous men have the whole earth as their memorial.
– Pericles

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How many famous and high-spirited heroes have lived a day too long?
– Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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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

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I am beautiful, famous and gorgeous.
– Anna Kournikova

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I can do whatever I want – I’m rich, I’m famous, and I’m bigger than you.
– Don Johnson

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I can’t see any value in being a celebrity, famous for being famous.
– Noomi Rapace

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Walt Disney photo

Walt Disney on January 1, 1954

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

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I just want to make music, I don’t want people to talk about me. All I’ve ever wanted to do was sing. I don’t want to be a celebrity. I don’t want to be in people’s faces, you know, constantly on covers of magazine that I haven’t even known I’m on.
– Adele

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I know I’m not supposed to have any opinions about politics, because I’m famous.
– Cher

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I like being famous when it’s convenient for me and completely anonymous when it’s not.
– Catherine Deneuve

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I put my money in the bank: I have to think of life after modeling, when I’m not famous any more.
– Eva Herzigova

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I seek no longer to be a ‘famous’ person, and instead I wish to live a ‘normal’ life.
– Sinead O’Connor

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I want to be famous everywhere.
– Luciano Pavarotti

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I wanted to be successful, not famous.
– George Harrison

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I wrote because I needed to and wanted to. It never occurred to me that I’d become famous.
– Danielle Steel

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

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If there’s anything more mortifying than being famous at 14, it’s being washed up right after.
– Moon Unit Zappa

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

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It isn’t necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It’s only necessary to be rich.
– Alan Alda

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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.
– Amanda Seyfried

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I’ve worked with a lot of people who are more famous than myself who are terribly insecure.
– Barry Gibb

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

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My favorite thing about being famous… it’s not really as big of a deal as everybody says it is. Being on the road is tough, doing interviews, and all the stuff. It’s still pretty tough.
– Aaron Carter

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Wynonna Judd

Wynonna Judd, May 24, 2004: Click images for larger view.

My story of success and failure is not just about music and being famous. It’s about living and loving and trying to find purpose in this crazy world.
– Wynonna Judd

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in life prepares you to be famous.
– Jeff Foxworthy

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People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius.
– Jerry Lewis

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Public misbehavior by the famous is a powerful teaching tool.
– Bill O’Reilly

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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.
– Al Pacino

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The thing about being famous is, it’s weird. The only people who get how weird it is are other famous people.
– Margot Kidder

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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.
– Ricky Gervais

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

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

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When you become famous, being famous becomes your profession.
– James Carville

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

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Jay Leno

Leno in July 2008 : Click image for credits.

You’re not famous until my mother has heard of you.
– Jay Leno

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The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame, each of them, by a single sentence consisting of two or three words.
– Robert South

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