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Famous Words

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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

If you look closely, there is no book more visual than Three Trapped Tigers,
in that it is filled with blank pages,
dark pages, it has stars made of words,
the famous magical cube made of numbers,
and there is even a page which is a mirror.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Be true to thyself.
- William Shakespeare
(paraphrase of Shakespeare's famous quote)

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

 

Real friendships among men are so rare
that when they occur they are famous.
- Clarence Day

Public misbehavior by the famous is a powerful teaching tool.
- Bill O'Reilly

Computers are famous for being able to do complicated
things starting from simple programs.
- Seth Lloyd

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I consider my greatest accomplishment to be lifelong celibacy.
- Isaac Newton
(discoverer of the laws of gravitation and motion,
famous mathematician, and perhaps the greatest scientist ever)

I still forgive him, because by doing what he did,
he made it famous.
- Alberto Korda

People seldom become famous for what they say until
after they are famous for what they've done.
- Cullen Hightower

In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.
- Andy Warhol

My philosophy was, if I just do good work,
someone will like it enough to employ me.
It never made me famous.
And I'm way, way too old now, mate.
That boat's sailed.
- Ian Hart

I didn't set out to be famous; if I'd wanted that,
I would have gone on Big Brother.
- Sam Worthington

Sometimes being famous gets in the way of doing what you want to do.
- Johnny Mathis

To seduce a woman famous for strict morals,
religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage:
what could possibly be more prestigious?
- Christopher Hampton

You know, I'm a television personality.
It's not like I'm a famous hooker or something!
- Brett Somers

You're not famous until my mother has heard of you.
- Jay Leno

Some very famous directors have started in the mail room,
which is just getting inside the studio,
getting to know people, getting to know the routine.
- Kenneth Anger

Quentin is very organic; there was no way that he was
going to put someone else's hand in there and anyway,
my hands are kind of famous.
It seemed right.
- David Carradine

At last, in 1611, was made, under the auspices of King James,
the famous King James version; and this is the great
literary monument of the English language.
- Lafcadio Hearn

I've never dreamed of being famous.
The idea of it really scares me.
- Jeremy London

Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.
- Andy Warhol

I'd much rather be famous for being a fabulous bitch than being,
She does that nice wife really well.
- Christine Baranski

Being a famous actress may give you a sense of being important,
but believe me, it's just an illusion.
- Juliette Binoche

I do not like being famous.
I like being normal.
- Vince Gill

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

The same people who can deny others everything are
famous for refusing themselves nothing.
- Leigh Hunt

And my marriage was perfect when I wasn't famous.
- Damon Wayans

You know, be an actor because you love to act.
Don't be an actor because you think you're going to get famous,
because that's luck.
- Whoopi Goldberg

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

Many medal winners dream of competing in a sport other
than the one they're famous for.
- Mary Lou Retton

Hold on to that.
You have an autograph.
I'm going to be famous some day.
- Haywood Nelson

My name's Jennifer Ellison and one day I'm going to be famous!
- Jennifer Ellison

Famous, adj.: Conspicuously miserable.
- Ambrose Bierce

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.
- Katharine Hepburn

The whole business of getting famous was good fun,
but it was a long time ago.
- Julian Clary

We were delighted to have Nigel as a producer.
The only problem is that Nigel is so famous that he
seems to dominate most interviews without being there.
- Stephen Malkmus

I was never very interested in boys -
and there were plenty of them -
vying with one another to see how many famous women
they would get into the hay.
- Bette Davis

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

I'm the guy that made Joe DiMaggio famous.
- Lefty Gomez

Being rich and famous isn't all happiness and at times
the pressures have got to me.
- Annni-Frid Lyngstad

It isn't false modesty when I say this,
but although I am supposed to be a famous person it
doesn't mean anything to me.
I just sit at home and work.
- Gyorgy Legeti

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

I think being famous is more of a hindrance,
a constraint, than just letting yourself be free.
- Martin Yan

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

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.
- Norman Cousins

They were all famous and fantastic fellows.
- Peter Scott

I felt so painfully isolated that I vowed I would get
revenge on the world by becoming a famous cartoonist.
- Robert Crumb

I could have been more famous if I did all the glitzy things,
but celebrity always seemed so unnecessary.
- Enya

I felt no pressure that my grandfather was famous and my uncle was famous.
- Kim Weston

Uncle Brett had a definite vision that he was after,
I don't think having a famous father affected him much.
- Kim Weston

But just playing the partner of someone famous,
I had a lot more freedom.
- Rachel Griffiths

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

The Band was always famous for its retirements;
we'd go and play and get a little petty cash together,
and then not see each other till it was time to fill our pockets up again.
- Rick Danko

You can be a famous poisoner or a successful poisoner,
but not both, and the same seems to apply to Great Train Robbers.
- Clive Anderson

Indy makes the race driver.
You become famous when you come here.
- Rodger Ward

Jason Lee is the most famous actor from Hawaii I can think of.
- Tia Carrere

I'd definitely rather be rich than famous.
- Radha Mitchell

In Germany I am not so famous.
- Hans Berger

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

I didn't want to be famous.
I just wanted to earn enough money to have a nice life and enjoy acting.
- David McCallum

To be famous and broke is hard.
- David Spade

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

Yankee Stadium, and the Yankees are so famous for Mickey Mantle,
Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, all of those guys.
- Bert Campaneris

Any idiot can get laid when they're famous.
That's easy.
It's getting laid when you're not famous that takes some talent.
- Kevin Bacon

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.
- Carol Burnett

Andy Warhol made fame more famous.
- Fran Lebowitz

Did you ever stop to think why cops are always famous for being dumb? Simple.
Because they don't have to be anything else.
- Orson Welles

In New York, after that famous home run,
they expected me to be up there every year.
That homer raised me to a high level,
with the top guys in the game.
- Bobby Thomson

The worst thing about being famous is the invasion of your privacy.
- Justin Timberlake

I'd probably be famous now if I wasn't such a good waitress.
- Jane Siberry


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