The intellectual is constantly betrayed by his vanity. Godlike he blandly assumes that he can express everything in words whereas the things one loves, lives, and dies for are not, in the last analysis completely expressible in words.Anne Morrow Lindbergh
If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficient reason for living.Leo Tolstoy
Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.Charles Caleb Colton
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
But pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty.George Eliot, Middlemarch, Ch 8
Vanity makes us do more things against inclination than reason.Francois De La Rochefoucauld
When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.Dale Carnegie
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
I have always found that angels have the vanity to speak of themselves as the only wise.William Blake, Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Vanity is the quicksand of reason.George Sands
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Cowardice asks the question - Is it safe? Vanity asks the question - Is it popular? Expediency asks the question - Is it political? But conscience asks the question - Is it right? There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, popular, or political; but because it is right.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Offended vanity is the great separator in social life.Arthur Helps
Discourtesy does not spring merely from one bad quality, but from several - - From foolish vanity, from ignorance of what is due to others, from indolence, from stupidity, from distraction of thought, from contempt of others, from jealousy.Jean de la Bruyere
To act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite beings. Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive.James Boswell
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.Samuel Johnson
Wounded vanity knows when it is mortally hurt and limps off the field, piteous, all disguises thrown away. But pride carries its banner to the last and fast as it is driven from one field unfurls it in another, never admitting that there is a shade less honor in the second field than in the first, or in the third than in the second.Helen Hunt Jackson
It is better in some respects to be admired by those with whom you live, than to be loved by them. And this is not on account of any gratification of vanity, but because admiration is so much more tolerant than love.Sir Arthur Helps
Those who live on vanity must, not unreasonably, expect to die of mortification.Alice Thomas Ellis
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 dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.T. E. Lawrence, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
The general cry is against ingratitude, but the complaint is misplaced, it should be against vanity; none but direct villains are capable of willful ingratitude; but almost everybody is capable of thinking he hath done more that another deserves, while the other thinks he hath received less than he deserves.Alexander Pope
Cowardice asks the question - Is it safe? Expediency asks the question - Is it politic? Vanity asks the question - Is it popular? But conscience asks the question - Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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
The vanity of teaching doth oft tempt a man to forget that he is a blockhead.Sir George Savile