Sons and fathers crown each other's glory with each other's fame.
Famous people don't want to be told that you have a quality in common with them. It makes them think there's something crawling in their clothes.
Lying in a featherbed will bring you no fame, nor staying beneath the quilt, and he who uses up his life without achieving fame leaves no more vestige of himself on Earth than smoke in the air or foam upon the water.
Fame and secrecy are the high and low ends of the same fascination.
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