Vanity Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vanity is often the unseen spur.
– William Makepeace Thackeray

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

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

We speak little if not egged on by vanity.
François de La Rochefoucauld

Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.
– Joseph Conrad

Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
François de La Rochefoucauld

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

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

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

Censorship is the height of vanity.
– Martha Graham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vanity is the quicksand of reason.
George Sand

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

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