Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Above all Greek, above all Roman fame.
Pope.—To Augustus, Book II. Epi. I. Line 26.

Above any Greek or Roman name.
Dryden.—On Lord Hastings.

What rage for fame attends both great and small!
Better be d—d than be not nam’d at all!
Wolcot.—Ode IX. Ver. 2. A.D. 1784.

Fame is swiftest still when she goes laden
With news of mischief.—
Thus are we Fortune’s pastimes; one day live
Advanc’d to heaven by the people’s breath;
The next, hurl’d down into th’ abyss of death.
May.—The Old Couple, Act V.

He lives in fame that died in virtue’s cause.
Shakespeare.—Titus Andronicus, Act I. Scene 2. (Lucius.)

Death, courage, honour, makes thy soul to live,
Thy soul to live in heaven, thy name in tongues of men.
Henry Constable.—Sonnet to Sir Philip Sidney’s soul.

Nor fame I slight, nor for her favours call:
She comes unlook’d for, if she comes at all.
Pope.—Temple of Fame, Line 513.

There is who feels for fame,
And melts to goodness.
Pope.—Epilogue to Satires, Line 65, Dialogue II.

[A fine compliment; the expression shewing that fame was but his second passion.—Gilfillan, Editor of the British Poets.]

And yet, after all, what is posthumous fame? Altogether vanity.
Antoninus.—Riley’s Class. Dict. 552.

What is the end of fame? ’Tis but to fill
A certain portion of uncertain paper.
Byron.—Don Juan, Canto I. Stanza 218.