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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 ]

Vanity indeed is a venial error; for it usually carries its own punishment with i.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

A vain man finds his account in speaking good or evil of himself.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

False glory is the rock of vanity; it seduces men to affect esteem by things which they indeed possess, but which are frivolous, and which for a man to value himself on would be a scandalous error.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

False modesty is the masterpiece of vanity: showing the vain man in such an illusory light that he appears in the reputation of the virtue quite opposite to the vice which constitutes his real character; it is a deceit.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

If vanity does not entirely overthrow the virtues, at least it makes them all totter.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

It is our own vanity that makes the vanity of others intolerable to us.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Man speak but little when vanity does not induce them to speak.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The most violent passions give some respite, but vanity always disturbs us.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Virtue would not go far, if vanity did not keep it company.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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, Maximes
         (137)

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, Maximes
         (389)

She neglects her heart who too closely studies her glass.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Vanity and rudeness are seldom seen together.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Imperfections would not be half so much taken notice of, if vanity did not make proclamation of them.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

When men will not be reasoned out of a vanity, they must be ridiculed out of it.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

In condemning the vanity of women, men complain of the fire they themselves have kindled.
      - Lingree

"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, Vanity Fair

What is your sex's earliest, latest care,
  Your heart's supreme ambition? To be fair.
      - Lord George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton ("The Good Lord Lyttelton"),
        Advice to a Lady (l. 17)

Alas, for human nature that the wounds of vanity should smart and bleed so much longer than the wounds of affection!
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

One can never outlive one's vanity.
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Vanity and pride of nations; vanity is as advantageous to a government as pride is dangerous.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Vanity and dignity are incompatible with each other; vain women are almost sure to be vulnerable.
      - Louis Charles Alfred de Musset

The vanity of others runs counter to our taste only when it runs counter to our vanity.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

We are so presumptuous that we wish to be known to all the world, even to those who come after us; and we are so vain that the esteem of five or six persons immediately around us is enough to amuse and satisfy us.
      - Blaise Pascal

To be a man's own fool is bad enough; but the vain man is everybody's.
      - William Penn


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