Vanity Quotes

Arthur helps - offended vanity is the great separator in social...
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

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
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
William blake, marriage of heaven and hell - i have always found that angels have the vanity...
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

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
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
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
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
Charles caleb colton - ladies of fashion starve their happiness to feed...
To act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite beings. Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive.
James Boswell
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
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.
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.
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
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 out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.
Lawrence of Arabia, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Suppressed introductory chapter, first published 1939, Penguin edition p. 23
It must require an inordinate share of vanity and presumption, too, after enjoying so much that is good and beautiful on earth, to ask the Lord for immortality in addition to all.
Heinrich Heine
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Vanity makes us do more things against inclination than reason.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld
The vanity of teaching doth oft tempt a man to forget that he is a blockhead.
Sir George Savile
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.
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.
Samuel Johnson
Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
Logan Pearsall Smith
If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficient reason for living.
Leo Tolstoy
Those who live on vanity must, not unreasonably, expect to die of mortification.
Alice Thomas Ellis