Vanity Quotes and Sayings

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.
– Will Smith

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Silly talk is a sign of shallowness. Foolish vanity is a mark of stupidity.
– Dr T.P.Chia

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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.
– Jane Austen

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Cast out pride and vanity; have no thought of trying to rule over others or of outdoing them.
– Wallace D. Wattles

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The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.
– Tom Wolfe

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What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Vanity is the quicksand of reason.
– George Sand

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There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.
– Tennessee Williams

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The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.
– Samuel Butler

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There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.
– Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

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Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense.
– Julian Casablancas

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Whatever accomplishment you boast of in the world, there is someone better than you.

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Vanity is so secure in the heart of man that everyone wants to be admired: even I who write this, and you who read this.
– Blaise Pascal

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If there is a single quality that is shared by all great men, it is vanity.
– Yousuf Karsh

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Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
– Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld

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Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain.
– Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Vanity is great motivation, to be fair.
– Matthew McConaughey

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Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity.
– Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine

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Social media has infected the world with a sickening virus called vanity.
– Kellie Elmore

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The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.
– Miguel de Cervantes

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We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don’t care for.
– Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

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Man that is of woman born is apt to be as vain has his mother.
– Robert Frost

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Virtue would not go to such lengths if vanity did not keep her company.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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What makes the vanity of others insupportable is that it wounds our own.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Stupidity talks, vanity acts.
– Victor Hugo

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The vanity of others is only counter to our taste when it is counter to our vanity.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

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We speak little if not egged on by vanity.
– Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld

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The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
– Napoleon Bonaparte

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Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

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The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.
– Henri Bergson

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Curiosity is only vanity. We usually only want to know something so that we can talk about it.
– Blaise Pascal

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There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it.
– Mark Twain

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Pride makes us esteem ourselves; vanity makes us desire the esteem of others.
– Hugh Blair

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Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it make us vain, in fact, of our modesty.
– Louis Kronenberger

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The worst of lusts is vanity.
– Kedar Joshi

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Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others. Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you.
– Miguel de Unamuno

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They say that hens do cackle loudest when there is nothing vital in the eggs they have laid.
– Ambrose Bierce

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The highest form of vanity is love of fame.
– George Santayana

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Censorship is the height of vanity.
– Martha Graham

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A cultivated and decent man cannot be vain without setting a fearfully high standard for himself, and without despising and almost hating himself at certain moments.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.
– Benjamin Whichcote

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Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.
– Benjamin Franklin

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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.
– Pope Francis

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Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.
– Joseph Conrad

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Her gaudy attire proclaimed that she was unencumbered by vanity (or taste), even though her need for public declaration was just another form of self-absorption.
– Alan Robert Neal

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The fly on the water buffalo’s back thinks he is taller than the water buffalo.

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Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.
– Jane Austen

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Vanity is my favourite sin.
– Al Pacino

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Vanity is often the unseen spur.
– William Makepeace Thackeray

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There’s nothing so unattractive as vanity… particularly male vanity.
– Rafe Spall

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