Quotation by Sarah Bernhardt

Alas, we are the victims of advertisement. Those who taste the joys and sorrows of fame when they have passed forty, know how to look after themselves. They know what is concealed beneath the flowers, and what the gossip, the calumnies, and the praise are worth. But as for those who win fame when they are twenty, they know nothing, and are caught up in the whirlpool.
Sarah Bernhardt (1845–1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924).

By her early twenties, Bernhardt was attracting notice for her performances at the Odeon theater; by age 30, she was a star with the Comedie Francaise.
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