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Vanity may be likened to the smooth-skinned and velvet-footed mouse, nibbling about forever in expectation of a crumb; while self-esteem is too apt to take the likeness of the huge butcher's dog, who carries off your steaks, and growls at you as be goes.
      - William Gilmore Simms

Vanity is the foundation of the most ridiculous and contemptible vices--the vices of affectation and common lying.
      - Adam Smith (1)

Vanity in its idler moments is benevolent, is as willing to give pleasure as to take it, and accepts as sufficient reward for its services a kind word or an approving smile.
      - Alexander Smith

There are women vain of advantages not connected with their persons, such as birth, rank, and fortune; it is difficult to feel less the dignity of the sex. The origin of all women may be called celestial, for their power is the offspring of the gifts of Nature; by yielding to pride and ambition they soon destroy the magic of their charms.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

Extinguish vanity in the mind, and you naturally retrench the little superfluities of garniture and equipage. The blossoms will fall of themselves when the root that nourishes them is destroyed.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Vanity makes men ridiculous, pride odious and ambition terrible.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

There is no vice or folly that requires so much nicety and skill to manage as vanity; nor any which by ill management makes so contemptible a figure.
      - Jonathan Swift

To be vain is rather a mark of humility than pride.
      - Jonathan Swift

Vanity is a natural object of temptation to a woman.
      - Jonathan Swift

All is vanity, look you; and so the preacher is vanity too.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity is often the unseen spur.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

There are grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

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, Reflexions

It is difficult to divest one's self of vanity; because impossible to divest one's self of self-love.
      - Horace (Horatio) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

There is no restraining men's tongues or pens when charged with a little vanity.
      - George Washington

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, Maud Miller
         (l. 35)

Every one at the bottom of his heart cherishes vanity; even the toad thinks himself good-looking,--"rather tawny perhaps, but look at his eye!"
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Meek Nature's evening comment on the shows
  That for oblivion that their daily birth
    From all the fuming vanities of earth.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Sonnet--Sky--Prospect from the Plain of France

Applause which owes to man's short outlook all its charms.
      - Edward Young

Vain is the world, but only to the vain.
      - Edward Young

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