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65 Vanity Quotes

Sooth'd with the sound, the king grew vain: Fought all his battles o'er again; And thrice he routed all his foes, and thrice he slew the slain.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Alexander's Feast (l. 66)

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Vanity is as ill as ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.

George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross) Quotes , Source: Daniel Deronda (bk. I, ch. X)

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How many saucy airs we meet, From Temple Bar to Aldgate street!

John Gay Quotes , Source: The Barley-Mow and Dunghill (l. 1)

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Vain? Let it be so! Nature was her teacher, What if a lovely and unsistered creature Loved her own harmless gift of pleasing feature. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Quotes , Source: Iris, Her Book--The Professor at the Breakfast-Table (X)

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We say little if not egged on by vanity. [Fr., On parle peu quand la vanite ne fait pas parler.]

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maximes (137)

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That which makes the vanity of others unbearable to us is that which wounds our own. [Fr., Ce qui nous rend la vanite des autres insupportable, c'est qu'elle blesse la notre.]

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maximes (389)

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"Vanitas vanitatum" has rung in the ears Of gentle and simple for thousands of years; The wail still is heard, yet its notes never scare Either simple or gentle from Vanity Fair.

Frederick Locker-Lampson Quotes , Source: Vanity Fair

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Hoy-day! What a sweep of vanity comes this way!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Apemantus at I, ii)

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Where doth the world thrust forth a vanity (So it be new, there's no respect how vile) That is not quickly buzzed into his ears?

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (York at II, i)

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It is difficult to esteem a man as highly as he would wish. [Fr., Il est difficile d'estimer quelqu'un comme il veut l'etre.]

Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues Quotes , Source: Reflexions (LXVII)

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Maud Muller looked and sighed: :Ah me! That I the Judge's bride might be! He would dress me up in silks so fine, And praise and toast me at his wine."

John Greenleaf Whittier Quotes , Source: Maud Miller (l. 35)

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In the stress of modern life, how little room is left for that most comfortable vanity that whispers in our ears that failures are not fault!

Agnes Repplier Quotes

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To act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite beings. Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive.

James Boswell Quotes

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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 Quotes

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The common practice of keeping up appearances with society is a mere selfish struggle of the vain with the vain.

John Ruskin Quotes

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Know that it is good to work. Work with love, and think of liking it when you do it. It is easy and interesting. It is a privilege. There is nothing hard about it but your anxious vanity and fear of failure.

Brenda Ueland Quotes

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It must require an inordinate share of vanity and presumption, too, after enjoying so much that is good and beautiful on earth, to ask the Lord for immortality in addition to all.

Heinrich Heine Quotes

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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 Quotes

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Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.

Garrison Keillor Quotes

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Self-love seems so often unrequited.

Anthony Powell Quotes

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My father said, "Politics asks the question: Is it expedient? Vanity asks: Is it popular? But conscience asks: Is it right?"

Dexter Scott King Quotes

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We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.

François Duc de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

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

Henri Bergson Quotes

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One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche Quotes

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Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.

François Duc de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

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