glori-, glor- +
(Latin: great praise or honor; renown)
2. Blessedly or wonderfully: "We thought how gloriously happy they were during those few fleeting moments of time."
2. That which is entitled to great praise.
2. Something that is a source of honor, fame, or admiration; a distinguished ornament or an object of pride.
3. Adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving: "They gave glory to God."
4. Resplendent beauty or magnificence: "This has been the glory of spring."
5. A state of great splendor, magnificence, or prosperity.
6. A state of absolute happiness, gratification, contentment, etc.: "Her father thought she was in her glory when she won the poetry contest.
7. The splendor and bliss of heaven; heaven.
8. A ring, circle, or surrounding radiance of light represented around the head or the whole figure of a sacred person; such as, Christ or a saint; a halo, nimbus, or aureole.
2. Not famous, obscure, or not honored.
3. Without recognition, and so unknown or obscure; ignominious.
2. Not famous or honored.
Said to be from Julius Phaedous c. 15 B.C. - A.D. 45 (born in Thrace and lived as a freedman in Rome and wrote fables which are considered by some to be superior to Aesop's).
This proverb is engraved in stone above the fireplace at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina; as confirmed in an e-mail message from Grove Park Inn, dated 10 June 2002.
The quotation is also interpreted to mean: "If what we do is not useful, it is stupid to boast about it."
Too often fame comes after one's death.
One of Martial's epigrams which is also translated as, "If one must die to be recognized, I can wait."
This motto was used by Thomas à Kempis, in his De Imitatione Christi, when he was commenting about the transitory nature of human vanities. It is also used at the coronation of a pope: A rope bundle is burned during the ceremony and, as the flame dies, the words Pater sancte sic transit gloria mundi: "Holy Father, so passes away the glory of the world" are intoned.
2. Relating to a feeling of self-importance: Janet was a vainglorious celebrity who appeared on many TV programs because she was always presented as the best actress in the world.
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2. Excessive pride in or boastfulness about personal abilities or achievements.
3. Excessive elation or pride over one's own achievements, abilities, etc.; boastful vanity.
2. Empty pomp or show.