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
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
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
How heroic to be able to suppress one's vanity to the extent of confessing that the game is too hard.Alice James
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes, than a public library.
Since the time of the cavemen, man has glorified himself, has made himself divine, and his monstrous vanity has caused human catastrophe. Art has collaborated in this false development. I find this concept of art which has sustained man’s vanity to be loathsome.hans arp
Everyone wants rather to be pleasing to women and that desire is not altogether, though it is very largely, a manifestation of vanity. But one cannot aim to be pleasing to women any more than one can aim to have taste, or beauty of expression, or happiness; for these things are not specific aims which one may learn to attain; they are descriptions of the adequacy of one's living. To try to be happy is to try to build a machine with no other specification than that it shall run noiselessly.j. robert oppenheimer
Everyone has his vanity, and each one's vanity is his forgetting that there are others with an equal soul.fernando pessoa
Seriousness is the Christian's ballast which keeps him from being overturned with vanity.thomas watson
Opinions alter, manners change , creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity . For every false word or unrighteous deed, for cruelty and oppression, for lust or vanity , the price has to be paid at last.james anthony froude
To see the British Prime Minister watching the company, with six or seven senses not available to ordinary men, judging character, motive, and subconscious impulse, perceiving what each was thinking and even what each was going to say next, and compounding with telepathic instinct the argument or appeal best suited to the vanity, weakness, or self-interest of his immediate auditor, was to realize that the poor President would be playing blind man's bluff in that party.john maynard keynes
The scholar and the world! The endless strife, The discord in the harmonies of life! The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books; The market-place, the eager love of gain, Whose aim is vanity, and whose end is pain!Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficient reason for living.leo tolstoy
No author, I think, is deserving of much censure for vanity if, taking down one of his ten-year-old books, he exclaims: "Great heavens, did I write as well as that then?" for the implication always is that one does not write any longer so well and few are so envious as to censure the complacencies of an extinct volcano.
It is thus superstition infatuates man from his infancy, fills him with vanity, and enslaves him with fanaticism.
This poor world, the object of so much insane attachment, we are about to leave; it is but misery, vanity, and folly; a phantom, the very fashion of which "passeth away."
Everyone has his vanity, and each one's vanity is his forgetting that there are others with an equal soul.
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.samuel johnson
Light vanity, insatiate cormorant, Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.william shakespeare
Every man at his best state is altogether vanity.
The pomps and vanity of this wicked world.
Near this spot Are deposited the Remains of one Who possessed Beauty without vanity , Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, And all the virtues of Man , without his Vices. This Praise , which would be unmeaning Flattery If inscribed over human ashes, Is but a just tribute to the Memory of BOATSWAIN, a DOGlord byron
Euler calculated the force of the wheels necessary to raise the water in a reservoir … My mill was carried out geometrically and could not raise a drop of water fifty yards from the reservoir. vanity of vanities! vanity of geometry!
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