A Quote by Umberto Eco on fame, immortality, and needs

In the construction of Immortal Fame you need first of all a cosmic shamelessness.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: "Travels in Hyperreality" (1975) from Travels in Hyperreality

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A Quote by Tom Hanks on books, cinema, fame, and life

"Life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get." Number Six in the Top Ten Most Famous Movie Quotes. -The Guinness Book of Film

Tom Hanks (1956 -)

Source: Forrest Gump, 1994.

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A Quote by Thucydides on earth, fame, and men

The whole earth is the sepulchre of famous men.

Thucydides (c.460 - 400 BC)

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on birth, earth, fame, fortune, humility, melancholy, science, and youth

Here rests his head upon the lap of earth, A youth to fortune and to fame unknown: Fair Science frown'd not on his humble birth, And Melancholy mark'd him for her own.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: The Epitaph.

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A Quote by Thomas Fuller on fame


Fame sometimes hath created something of nothing.

Thomas Fuller (1608 - 1661)

Source: Fame.

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on faith and fame


It is better to be faithful than famous.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Stuart Kauffman on accidents, argument, effort, facts, fame, growth, history, justice, needs, order, plants, reflection, and understanding

Pick up a pinecone and count the spiral rows of scales. You may find eight spirals winding up to the left and 13 spirals winding up to the right, or 13 left and 21 right spirals, or other pairs of numbers. The striking fact is that these pairs of numbers are adjacent numbers in the famous Fibonacci series: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21. . . . Here, each term is the sum of the previous two terms. The phenomenon is well known and called phyllotaxis. Many are the efforts of biologists to understand why pinecones, sunflowers, and many other plants exhibit this remarkable pattern. Organisms do the strangest things, but all these odd things need not reflect selection or historical accident. Some of the best efforts to understand phyllotaxis appeal to a form of self-organization. Paul Green, at Stanford, has argued persuasively that the Fibonacci series is just what one would expect as the simplest self-repeating pattern that can be generated by the particular growth processes in the growing tips of the tissues that form sunflowers, pinecones, and so forth. Like a snowflake and its sixfold symmetry, the pinecone and its phyllotaxis may be part of order for free . . .

Stuart Kauffman

Source: Stuart Kauffman in At Home in the Universe, Oxford University Press, 1995, p 151.

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A Quote by Sophocles on fame, judgment, life, and men

There is an ancient saying, famous among men, that thou shouldst not judge fully of a man's life before he dieth, whether it should be called blest or wretched.

Sophocles (496 - 406 BC)

Source: Trachiniæ, 1.

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A Quote by Socrates on deed, fame, and heroism

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Sir Walter Scott on fame


I'll make thee famous by my pen, And glorious by my sword.

Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)

Source: Legend of Montrose, 1819

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