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VANITY
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The fool of vanity; for her alone he lives, loves, writes, and dies but to be known.
      - George Canning

For let us women be never so ill-favored, I imagine that we are always delighted to hear ourselves called handsome.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

The knowledge of thyself will preserve thee from vanity.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

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

A weakness natural to superior and to little men, when they have committed a fault, is to wish to make it pass as a work of genius, a vast combination which the vulgar cannot comprehend. Pride says these things and folly credits them.
      - Francois August Rene de Chateaubriand, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

When we are conscious of the least comparative merit in ourselves, we should take as much care to conceal the value we set upon it, as if it were a real defect; to be elated or vain upon it is showing your money before people in want.
      - Colley Cibber

What fervent love of herself would Virtue excite if she could be seen!
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Vanity is a strong temptation to lying; it makes people magnify their merit, over flourish their family, and tell strange stories of their interest and acquaintance.
      - Jeremy Collier

There is more jealousy between rival wits than rival beauties, for vanity has no sex. But in both cases there must be pretensions, or there will be no jealousy.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Vanity finds in self-love so powerful an ally that it storms, as it were, by a coup de main,, the citadel of our heads, where, having blinded the two watchmen, it readily descends into the heart.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Vanity has no sex.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.
      - Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski)

Vanity, like murder, will out.
      - Hannah Parkhouse Cowley,
        The Belle's Stratagem (act I, sc. 4)

Pride is never more offensive than when it condescends to be civil; whereas vanity, whenever it forgets itself, naturally assumes good-humor.
      - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough (1)

Nature has cast but two men in the mould of statesmen,--myself and Mirabeau. After that she broke the mould.
      - Georges Jacques Danton

Vanity stands at my elbow in this while, and animates me by a thousand agreeable promises.
      - Mary Granville Pendarves Delany

Does not vanity itself cease to be blamable, is it not even ennobled, when it is directed to laudable objects, when it confines itself to prompting us to great and generous actions?
      - Denis Diderot

Death gives a quietus to all vanity.
      - Charles Nelson Douglas

Oh, frail estate of human things!
      - John Dryden

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, Alexander's Feast (l. 66)

Since the well-known victory over the hare by the tortoise the descendants of the tortoise think themselves miracles of speed.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Where would the power of women be, were it not for the vanity of men?
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Our vanities differ as our noses do: all conceit is not the same conceit, but varies in correspondence with the minutiae of mental make in which one of us differs from another.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The vainest woman is never thoroughly conscious of her beauty till she is loved by the man who sets her own passion vibrating in return.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Daniel Deronda (bk. I, ch. X)


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