Vanity Quotes

Change in fashion is the tax which the industry of the poor levies on the vanity of the rich


Pride makes us esteem ourselves; vanity desires the esteem of others.


The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.

Samuel Butler

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.

Jane Austen

Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase. I can with ease become an ordinary fool. I may be one now. But it doesn't do to upset one's own vanity.

Dylan Thomas

Marriage is the operation by which a woman's vanity and a man's egotism are extracted without an anaesthetic.

Helen Rowland

Beauty's sister is vanity, and its daughter lust.


Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. He whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a critic.

Samuel Johnson

Virtue would not go to such lengths if vanity did not keep her company.

Fran┴ois de la Rochefoucauld

Live according to the ethics of excellence, and you can always stand proud. Pride - not vanity, but dignity and self-respect - should carry a lot of weight in helping you make decisions. Let pride help you decide.

Price Pritchett

The offspring of riches: Pride, vanity, ostentation, arrogance, tyranny

Mark Twain

Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.

Fran┴ois de la Rochefoucauld

Curiosity is only vanity. Most frequently we wish not to know, but to talk. We would not take a sea voyage for the sole pleasure of seeing without hope of ever telling.

Blaise Pascal

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


Vanity is not half a bad principle, if it will but stick to legitimate business.

Thomas Chandler Haliburton

Those who live on vanity must not unreasonably expect to die of mortification.

Alice Thomas Ellis

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


A man's own vanity is a swindler that never lacks for a dupe.

Honore de Balzac

What makes the vanity of others insupportable is that it wounds our own

Fran┴ois de la Rochefoucauld

A man's vanity tells him what is honor, a man's conscience what is justice

Walter Savage Landor

Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity

Jean de la Bruyere

If vanity does not overthrow all our virtues, at least she makes them totter

Fran┴ois de la Rochefoucauld

Pleasure is a shadow, wealth is vanity, and power a pageant; but knowledge is ecstatic in enjoyment, perennial in frame, unlimited in space and indefinite in duration.

De Witt Clinton

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

T.E. Lawrence 1888

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