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VANITY
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[ Also see Admiration Affectation Apparel Applause Boasting Compliments Conceit Fashion Flattery Foppery Luxury Ostentation Pretension Pride Self-love Snobs ]

Should I publish any favors done me by your lordship, I am afraid it would look more like vanity than gratitude.
      - Joseph Addison

Vanity is the natural weakness of an ambitious man, which exposes him to the secret scorn and derision of those he converses with, and ruins the character he is so industrious to advance by it.
      - Joseph Addison

Never expect justice from a vain man; if he has the negative magnanimity not to disparage you, it is the most you can expect.
      - Washington Allston

All men are selfish, but the vain man is in love with himself. He admires, like the lover his adored one, everything which to others is indifferent.
      - Berthold Auerbach

The vain being is the really solitary being.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Vain-glorious men are the scorn of the wise, the admiration of fools, the idols of paradise, and the slaves of their own vaunts.
      - Francis Bacon

Pampered vanity is a hotter thing perhaps than starved pride.
      - Joanna Baillie

A man's own vanity is a swindler that never lacks for a dupe.
      - Honore de Balzac

I would much rather fight pride than vanity, because pride has a stand-up way of fighting. You know where it is. It throws its black shadow on you, and you are not at a loss where to strike. But vanity is that delusive, that insectiferous, that multiplied feeling, and men that fight vanities are like men that fight midges and butterflies. It is easier to chase them than to hit them.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

There is nothing which vanity does not desecrate.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

When a man has no longer any conception of excellence above his own, his voyage is done, he is dead,--dead in trespasses and sin of blear-eyed vanity.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

If most married women possessed as much prudence as they do vanity, we should find many husbands far happier.
      - Belknap

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. I, v. 14)

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. I, v. 2)

Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. LXII, v. 9)

Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XXXIX, v. 5)

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

People who are very vain are usually equally susceptible; and they who feel one thing acutely, will so feel another.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Tell me not of the pain of falsehood to the slandered! There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Vanity calculates but poorly on the vanity of others; what a virtue we should distil from frailty, what a world of pain we should save our brethren, if we would suffer our own weakness to be the measure of theirs.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Vanity, indeed, is the very antidote to conceit; for while the former makes us all nerve to the opinion of others, the latter is perfectly satisfied with its opinion of itself.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

It beareth the name of Vanity Fair, because the town where it is kept is "lighter than vanity."
      - John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress (pt. I)

Greater mischief happens often from folly, meanness, and vanity than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition.
      - Edmund Burke

Oh, wad some power the giftie gie us
  To see oursel's as ithers see us!
    It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
      And foolish notion.
      - Robert Burns, To a Louse

Ecclesiastes said that "all is vanity,"
  Most modern preachers say the same, or show it
    By their examples of true Christianity:
      In short, all know, or very short may know it.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto VII, st. 6)


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