VANITY QUOTES

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Vanity quote

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

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There is nothing which vanity does not desecrate.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

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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

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Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, "The Way to Wealth", The Life and Essays of Dr. Benjamin Franklin

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Vanity has many outlets in conversation, but great I is the front door.

JOHN THORNTON, Maxims and Directions for Youth

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Vanity is the flatterer of the soul.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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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

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There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.

EDWARD BULWER LYTTON, Devereux

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The vain man is like a painter who continually draws but his own picture.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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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

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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

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Vanity is easily forgiven, for we are all vain, and even as we laugh at the weakness of others we feel that their vanity has touched the responding chord of our own.

ARTHUR LYNCH, Moods of Life

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Vanity finds in self-love so powerful an ally, that it storms, as it were by a coup de main, the citadel of our heads, where, having blinded the two watchmen, it readily descends into the heart.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

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To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself.

MAX BEERBOHM, Quia Imperfectum

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A man that is deeply in love with himself will probably succeed in his suit owing to a lack of rivals.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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Vanity is apt to inspire contempt, but that becomes immediately tempered by a gentler and more gracious feeling; for the vain man desires to win our approbation, and in this way he flatters us.

ARTHUR LYNCH, Moods of Life

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Vanity does not refer to the opinion a man entertains of himself, but to that which he wishes others to entertain of him.

WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics

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There is more jealousy between rival wits, than rival beauties, for vanity has no sex.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

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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

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He that hath nothing to feed on but vanity and lies must needs lie down in the bed of sorrow.

ANNE BRADSTREET, Meditations Divine and Moral

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