I really know nothing more criminal, more mean, and more ridiculous than lying. It is the production either of malice, cowardice, or vanity; and generally misses of its aim in every one of these views; for lies are always detected, sooner or later.
It is thus superstition infatuates man from his infancy, fills him with vanity, and enslaves him with fanaticism.baron d'holbach
The ant's a centaur in his dragon world. Pull down thy vanity, it is not man Made courage, or made order, or made grace.
The vanity of translation; it were as wise to cast a violet into a crucible that you might discover the formal principle of its colour and odour, as seek to transfuse from one language to another the creations of a poet. 786 The plant must spring again from its seed, or it will bear no flower.Percy Bysshe Shelley
It beareth the name of vanity Fair, because the town where 't is kept is lighter than vanity.john bunyan
A certain amount of distrust is wholesome, but not so much of others as of ourselves; neither vanity nor conceit can exist in the same atmosphere with it.suzanne curchod
Let the rabbit of free enterprise out of its velveteen bag and too many people would have to be fired, too much idiocy exposed to the light of judgment or ridicule, too much vanity sacrificed to the fires of efficiency. Such a catastrophe obviously would threaten the American way of life, to say nothing of the belief in free markets.lewis h. lapham
The joker in the deck of lesbian fidelity is female vanity: no woman of fifty is going to undress in front of a woman of twenty no matter how much she might lust for her.florence king
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night inthe dusty recesses of their mindswake inthe day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the dayare dangerous men, for they mayact their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.Arabia
It beareth the name of vanity-Fair, because the town where 'tis kept, is lighter than vanity.john bunyan
The principal difference between love and hate is that love is an irradiation, and hate is a concentration. Love makes everything lovely; hate concentrates itself on the object of its hatred. All the fearful counterfeits of love — possessiveness, lust, vanity, jealousy — are closer to hate: they concentrate on the object, guard it, suck it dry.sydney j. harris
The slaves of power mind the cause they have to serve, because their own interest is concerned; but the friends of liberty always sacrifice their cause, which is only the cause of humanity, to their own spleen, vanity, and self-opinion.william hazlitt
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.thomas edward ("t. e.") lawrence
Art's the biggest vanity: the assumption that one's view of peace or fright or beauty is permanently communicable.ned rorem
When I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tomb of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow: when I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when I consider rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men that divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and debates of mankind.joseph addison
The vanities of all others may gradually die out, but the vanity of a saint regarding his sainthood is hard indeed to wear away.ramakrishna
What egotism , what stupid vanity , to suppose that a thing could not happen because you could not conceive it!philip wylie
I hate the countrie's dirt and manners, yet I love the silence; I embrace the wit; A courtship, flowing here in full tide. But loathe the expense, the vanity and pride. No place each way is happy.William Habington
It beareth the name of vanity Fair, because the town where it is kept is "lighter than vanity."john bunyan
Our vanity would have just that which we do best count as that which is hardest for us. The origin of many a morality.friedrich nietzsche
The vanity of others is only counter to our taste when it is counter to our vanity.friedrich nietzsche
He could see naught but vanity in beauty And naught but weakness in a fond caress, And pitied men whose views of Christian duty Allowed indulgence in such foolishness.
Pride and vanity have built more Hospitals than all the Virtues together.Bernard Mandeville