quotations about vanity
Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.
JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice
There is nothing which vanity does not desecrate.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
Vanity is a desire of personal glory, the wish to be appreciated, honoured, and run after, not because of one's personal qualities, merits, and achievements, but because of one's individual existence. At best, therefore, it is a frivolous beauty whim it befits.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe
A vain man is a nauseous creature: he is so full of himself that he has no room for anything else, be it never so good or deserving.
WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude
The vain man is like a painter who continually draws but his own picture.
EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims
Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, "The Way to Wealth", The Life and Essays of Dr. Benjamin Franklin
This is vanity: living to pretend, living to seem, living to appear. And this makes the soul restless.
POPE FRANCIS, Vatican Radio, September 22, 2016
Vanity has many outlets in conversation, but great I is the front door.
JOHN THORNTON, Maxims and Directions for Youth
Vanity is the flatterer of the soul.
EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims
Vain is equivalent to empty; thus vanity is so miserable a thing, that one cannot give it a worse name than its own. It proclaims itself for what it is.
CHAMFORT, The Cynic's Breviary
There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.
EDWARD BULWER LYTTON, Devereux
There is no limit to the vanity of this world, each spoke in the wheel thinks the whole strength of the wheel depends upon it.
H. W. SHAW, attributed, Day's Collacon
I am vain, or once was, and one of my vanities was to feign that I was not.
LIONEL SHRIVER, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity.
MADAME SWETCHINE, "Airelles", The Writings of Madame Swetchine
You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you Don't you? Don't you?
CARLY SIMON, "You're So Vain"
Light vanity, insatiate cormorant,
Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Richard II
Deception, flattering, lying, deluding, talking behind the back, putting up a false front, living in borrowed splendor, wearing a mask, hiding behind convention, playing a role for others and for oneself -- in short, a continuous fluttering around the solitary flame of vanity -- is so much the rule and the law among men that there is almost nothing which is less comprehensible than how an honest and pure drive for truth could have arisen among them.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense
Let us thank God for imparting unto us poor weak mortals the inestimable blessing of vanity; how many half-witted votaries of the arts--poets, painters, actors, musicians--live upon this food, and scarcely any other.
WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY, attributed, Day's Collacon
Vanity is the fruit of ignorance; it thrives most in subterranean places, never reached by the air of heaven and the light of the sun.
J. W. ROSS, attributed, Day's Collacon
Vanity plagues us all. From lowly selfie-takers pouting at their phones and zapping their images out into the cold infinity of cyberspace, all the way to those occupying the highest offices in the land. It's unseemly, this desperate campaign to control how we are seen by the world. But it's also deeply human, something that unifies us all, this lonely pettiness, this struggling against our forever-thwarted egos.
RICHARD LAWSON, "Donald Trump's Official Photographer Reportedly Obliges This Vain Request", Vanity Fair, April 4, 2017