Vanity Quotes

Most popular vanity quotes

Stupidity talks, vanity acts.

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Vanity ruins more women than love.
The punishment for vanity is flattery.

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Those who prosper take on airs of vanity.

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Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.

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One is vain by nature, modest by necessity.

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The highest form of vanity is love of fame.

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Nothing is so at odds with prayer as vanity.
There is nothing which vanity does not desecrate.

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Hurt vanity is one of the cruelest of mortal wounds.
The greatest liar is the one who talks most of himself.
— African proverb

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I have a horror of vanity; it is the quicksand of reason.
Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief.
Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.
Vanity is the result of a delusion that someone is paying attention.
Fish for no compliments; they are generally caught in shallow water.

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Virtue would not go nearly so far if vanity did not keep her company.

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Guard against that vanity which courts a compliment, or is fed by it.

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To be a man's own fool is bad enough; but the vain man is everybody's.
If vanity does not overthrow all virtues, at least she makes them totter.
We are so vain that we care even for the opinion of those we don't care for.
Flattery is counterfeit money which, but for vanity, would have no circulation.

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There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it.
The passion of vanity has its own depths in the spirit, and is powerfully militant.
Flattery is like counterfeit money which, but for vanity, would have no circulation.

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The only cure for vanity is laughter. And the only fault that's laughable is vanity.

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Is there any vanity greater than the vanity of those who believe themselves without it?
It is an indisputable fact that only vain people wage war against the vanity of others.
Nothing is so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth!

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The most violent passions sometimes leave us at rest, but vanity agitates us constantly.
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.

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Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.

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Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.
We crave support in vanity, as we do in religion, and never forgive contradictions in that sphere.
There is no arena in which vanity displays itself under such a variety of forms as in conversation.

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No insect hangs its nest on threads as frail as those which will sustain the weight of human vanity.
Sometimes we deny being worthy of praise, hoping to generate an argument we would be pleased to lose.

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Marriage defeats and humbles the man since it soon or late robs him of his greatest bulwark, viz., vanity.

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Everyone has his vanity, and each one's vanity is his forgetting that there are others with an equal soul.
Naïveté in grownups is often charming; but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity.

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Pride is a wound, and vanity is the scab on it. One's life picks at the scab to open the wound again and again.

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A vain man can never be utterly ruthless. He wants to win applause, and therefore he accommodates himself to others.
Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.

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Isn't it fickle, mediocre vanity that makes us build walls, whether they are walls of riches or power, or violence and impunity?
There is scarcely any fault in another which offends us more than vanity, though perhaps there is none that really injures us so little.
Vanity, showing off, is an attitude that reduces spirituality to a worldly thing, which is the worst sin that could be committed in the Church.
Provided a man is not mad, he can be cured of every folly but vanity; there is no cure for this but experience, if indeed there is any cure for it at all.
An author, like any other so-called artist, is a man in whom the normal vanity of all men is so vastly exaggerated that he finds it a sheer impossibility to hold it in.

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A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
Look at a peacock. If you look from the front, it's very pretty. But take a few steps back and look at it from behind... He who falls into self-referential vanity is actually hiding deep misery.
Vanity is a desire of personal glory, the wish to be appreciated, honored, and run after, not because of one's personal qualities, merits, and achievements, but because of one's individual existence.
Let us thank God for imparting to 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!
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.

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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.

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Pride is an established conviction of one's own paramount worth in some particular respect, while vanity is the desire of rousing such a conviction in others, and it is generally accompanied by the secret hope of ultimately coming to the same conviction oneself.

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The sin of pride may be a small or a great thing in someone's life, and hurt vanity a passing pinprick or a self-destroying or even murderous obsession. Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.

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