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Oh, the cares of men! how much emptiness there is in human concerns!
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus)

Every man has just as much vanity as he wants understanding.
      - Alexander Pope

It is vanity which makes the rake at twenty, the worldly man at forty, and the retired man at sixty. We are apt to think that best in general for which we find ourselves pest fitted in particular.
      - Alexander Pope

Not a vanity is given in vain.
      - Alexander Pope

And not a vanity is given in vain.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 290)

Here files of pins extend their shining rows,
  Puffs, powders, patches, bibles, billet-doux.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
         (canto I, l. 137)

Every man's vanity ought to be his greatest shame; and every man's folly ought to be his greatest secret.
      - Francis Quarles

Thy pride is but the prologue of thy shame; where vain-glory commands, there folly counsels; where pride rides, there shame lackeys.
      - Francis Quarles

Vanity is the fruit of ignorance. It thrives most in subterranean places, never reached by the air of heaven and the light of the sun.
      - Alexander Ross (1)

There is no folly of which a man who is not a fool cannot get rid except vanity; of this nothing cures a man except experience of its bad consequences, if indeed anything can cure it.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Vanity is the quicksand of reason.
      - George Sand (pseudonym of Mme. Armandine Lucile Dupon Dudevant)

Vanity is never at its full growth till it spreadeth into affectation, and then it is complete.
      - John Faucit Saville

Light vanity, insatiate cormorant,
  Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.(Shakespeare} Hoy-day, what a sweep of vanity comes this way!
      - William Shakespeare

The soul of this man is in his clothes.
      - William Shakespeare

Vanity keeps persons in favor with themselves who are out of favor with all others.
      - William Shakespeare

A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross;
  I'll then nor give not hazard aught for lead.
      - William Shakespeare, A Merchant of Venice
         (Morocco at II, vii)

There was never yet fair woman but made mouths in a glass.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear

  What a sweep of vanity comes this way!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Apemantus at I, ii)

Methinks I am a prophet new inspired
  And thus, expiring, do foretell of him:
    His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last,
      For violent fires soon burn out themselves;
        Small show'rs last long, but sudden storms are short;
          He tires betimes that spurs too fast betimes;
            With eager feeding doth choke the feeder;
              Light vanity, insatiate cormorant,
                Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Gaunt at II, i)

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,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (York at II, i)

There is no limit to the vanity of this world. Each spoke in the wheel thinks the whole strength of the wheel depends upon it.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Vanity is a strange passion; rather than be out of a job it will brag of its vices.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Every present occasion will catch the senses of the vain man; and with that bridle and saddle you may ride him.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Let her who is full of beauty and admiration, sitting like the queen of flowers in majesty among the daughters of women, let her watch lest vanity enter her heart, beguiling her to rest proudly upon her own strength; let her remember that she standeth upon slippery places, and be not high-minded but fear.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

Vanity is so constantly solicitous of self, that even where its own claims are not interested, it indirectly seeks the aliment which it loves, by showing how little is deserved by others.
      - William Gilmore Simms

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