Archive for the ‘fame’ Category

were I assured, that by my preaching I had converted but one soul unto God…

May 19, 2011

I will remind you, says Cotton Mather, that one of the greatest personages (an Archbishop and a Lord-keeper) in the English nation (Archbishop Williams) once uttered this memorable speech: ‘I have passed through many places of honor and trust both in church and state, more than any of my order in England, for 70 years before; but were I assured, that by my preaching I had converted but one soul unto God, I should herein take more comfort, than in all the honors and offices that have ever been bestowed upon me.’ You are entering upon a work, that will keep you continually in the way of this incomparable satisfaction; and I hope…That the saving or enlightening or edifying, of one soul at any time, will be a matter of more joy unto you, than if all the wealth of Ophir should flow in upon you.

Cotton Mather, quoted by Charles Bridges, The Christian Ministry

I only lack one thing – I do not know how to describe it. But in my life there is a void that is impossible to satisfy

October 29, 2009

My life is what I have dreamed of. Films, marriage to Carlo, bearing his children. Marvellous. I only lack one thing – I do not know how to describe it. But in my life there is a void that is impossible to satisfy.

Sophia Loren

Jesus scored only a handful of votes in a survey of heroes, it emerged yesterday. He came 123rd – tying with President George Bush – near the bottom of a list topped by David Beckham

October 3, 2009

He is worshipped as the son of God – but even that is not enough to impress young people these days. Jesus scored only a handful of votes in a survey of heroes, it emerged yesterday. He came 123rd – tying with President George Bush – near the bottom of a list topped by David Beckham.

Child abuse allegations have done nothing to dent Michael Jackson’s popularity – he came fourth, following Hollywood star Brad Pitt and singer Justin Timberlake.

Psychologists asked more than 2,500 people aged between 16 and 24 who they most admired. They could name political thinkers, artists and religious leaders but most picked sport and showbiz celebrities. Jennifer Lopez, Robbie Williams, Orlando Bloom and Britney Spears were all in the top ten. Study leader Dr Adrian North, of the University of Leicester, said: “It’s slightly depressing. What links all the names in our top ten is not their great minds but their great looks.”


1. David Beckham
2. Brad Pitt
3. Justin Timberlake
4. Michael Jackson
5. Jennifer Lopez
6. Robbie Williams
7. Orlando Bloom
8. Britney Spears
9. Keanu Reeves
10. Angelina Jolie

26th January 2004

Pride and the esteem of others

September 19, 2009

Our desire for the esteem of those around us is such that pride will dominate us even in the midst of all our miseries and errors. We would even die gladly, provided people talked about it. we want to lead an imaginary life in the eyes of others, and so we are constantly trying to make impressions. We strive to embellish and improve our image, and so neglect the true self. So if we are at peace, or generous, or loyal, we are anxious to let it be known so that we can attach these virtues to our imaginary existence. Indeed, we prefer to detach them from our real self so as to project them upon the other. Cheerfully, we would be cowards if that was the way we could acquire a reputation for bravery! Fame is so sweet that we love anything with which we connect it, even death.


There must be some meaning, otherwise you’d starve emotionally.

September 9, 2009

I don’t want to seem ungrateful or cynical about fame, because I’m very grateful – it’s taught me so much and I really do love it,” she says. “Obviously I’ve fulfilled all my dreams and more, but as you grow your mind grows and you think, OK, what’s next, what do I want to achieve? I realised the other day that maybe the point of my fame is bringing goodness. Some of us visit sick children and put a smile on their face. Now doesn’t that give your life worth? It gives it some meaning and there must be some meaning, otherwise you’d starve emotionally.

Geri halliwell

Interviewer Tim Hulse comments: So in a sense, the quest still goes on. It’s become a quest for meaning. Maybe that’s what it was all along.

Intellectual Pride

September 3, 2009

I am quite indifferent to the mass of human creatures; though I wish, as a purely intellectual problem, to discover some way in which they might all be happy. I wouldn’t sacrifice myself to them though their unhappiness, at moments, about once in three months, gives me a feeling of discomfort, and an intellectual desire to find a way out….I live mostly for myself–everything has for me, a reference to my own education. I care for very few people, and have several enemies–two or three at least whose pain is delightful to me. I often wish to give pain, and when I do, I find it pleasant for a moment. I feel myself superior to most people, and only pity myself at rare intervals, when I am tired out. I used to pity myself at all times and deeply. I believe in happiness and I am happy. I enjoy work immensely. I wish for fame among the expert few, but my chief desire–the desire by which I regulate my life–is a purely self-centered desire for intellectual satisfaction about things that puzzle me.

Bertrand Russell, Ray Monk, vol.1., p.120

‘Knowledge puffs up but love builds up’ (1 Cor.8.1)

Fame and Loneliness

September 3, 2009

I feel so alone sometimes. The night is quiet for me. I’d love to be able to sleep. I am glad that everyone is gone now. I’ll probably not rest. I have no need for all this. Help me, Lord.

Elvis Presley

(in his last engagement at the (Las Vegas) Hilton in December 1976, Elvis kept a pad by his bed, and wrote down his thoughts)

The transience of fame

August 19, 2009

Fans used to mob me at my hotel – now I have to ring them up to tell them where I’m staying.

Donny Osmond

Fame doesn’t satisfy

August 19, 2009

What does it mean anyway? I had an idealistic thought of what fame is. I thought, yes, lovely, I’m going to be famous and everything will change. But it doesn’t.

Geri Halliwell (a.k.a. ‘Ginger Spice), Arena, October 9th

NB the photographer who took the nude of photos of her, prior to Spice Girls fame, said, ‘She told me she wanted to be famous and would try anything.”

If you ask me, I say toss all this. We have to find something else. The emphasis now is on success and personal gain. I’m sitting in it, and I’m telling you that’s not it. I’m the guy who has everything, I know. I’m telling you that once you have everything then you are just left with yourself.  It doesn’t help you sleep any better and you don’t wake up any better because of it.

Brad Pitt

 (an interview with Rolling Stone magazine when asked about the American Dream)

I think you have to be deranged to want to be famous

Colin Firth, star of the film `Fever Pitch’, and Mr Darcy in `Pride and Prejudice’

Cult of Celebrity

August 6, 2009

In his emptiness and insignificance, the man of ordinary abilities tried to warm himself in the star’s [famous person’s] reflected glow.

Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism, p.22