Vanity Quotes and Sayings

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

Submitted by: Ivy Lee on December 28, 2014

The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.
– Tom Wolfe

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

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

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

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

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


Vanity is the quicksand of reason.
George Sand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.
– Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Stupidity talks, vanity acts.
Victor Hugo

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

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

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

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