Vanity Quotes

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

Fran┴ois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Jean de la Bruyere

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

Walter Savage Landor

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

Fran┴ois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Honore de Balzac

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


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

Alice Thomas Ellis

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

Thomas Chandler Haliburton

One can only influence the strong characters in life, not the weak; and it is the height of vanity to suppose that you can make an honest man of anyone.

Emma Alice Margaret Asquith, Countess of Oxford &a

A deep and serene silence filled her structures composed of colors and surfaces. The exclusive use of horizontal and vertical rectangular planes in the work of art, the extreme simplification, exerted a decisive influence on my work. Here I found, stripped down to the limit, the essential elements of all earthly constructions: the bursting, upward surge of the lines and the planes toward the sky, the verticality of pure life, and the vast equilibrum, the sheer horizontality and expansiveness of dreamlike peace. Her work was for me a symbol of a divinely built 'house' which man in his vanity has ravaged and sullied.

Jean Arp

Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely? When the scheming, indomitable brain of Sigsbee Manderson was scattered by a shot from an unknown hand, that world lost nothing worth a single tear; it gained something memorable in a harsh reminder of the vanity of such wealth as this dead man had piled upwithout making one loyal friend to mourn him, without doing an act that could help his memory to the least honor. But when the news of his end came, it seemed to those living in the great vortices of business as if the earth, too, shuddered under a blow.

Edmund Clerihew Bentley

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