Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.
Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim (1900), Ch. 41.
It beareth the name of Vanity Fair, because the town where it is kept is "lighter than vanity."john bunyan
'Tis solitude should teach us how to die; It hath no flatterers; vanity can give No hollow aid; alone man with his God must strive.lord byron
Ecclesiastes said that "all is vanity," Most modern preachers say the same, or show it By their examples of true Christianity: In short, all know, or very soon may know it.lord byron
Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.Charles Caleb Colton
Sooth'd with the sound, the king grew vain: Fought all his battles o'er again; And thrice he routed all his foes, and thrice he slew the slain.john dryden
That was the source of my vanity and my cowardice: always I believed everyone was watching me.andre dubus
The expression of vanity and self-love becomes less offensive, when it retains something of simplicity and frankness.alexander von humboldt
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.samuel johnson
O vanity! you are the lever by means of which Archimedes wished to lift the earth!mikhail lermontov
The market-place, the eager love of gain, Whose aim is vanity, and whose end is pain!Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Pride and Vanity have built more Hospitals than all the Virtues together.Bernard Mandeville
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.friedrich nietzsche
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
Light vanity, insatiate cormorant, Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.william shakespeare
Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.george eliot
How many saucy airs we meet, From Temple Bar to Aldgate street!john gay
Vain? Let it be so! Nature was her teacher, What if a lovely and unsistered creature Loved her own harmless gift of pleasing feature.Holmes, Sr., Oliver Wendell
What is your sex's earliest, latest care, Your heart's supreme ambition? To be fair.lyttelton, george, 1st baron
Every man at his best state is altogether vanity.
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance they are altogether lighter than vanity.
Live for yourself and you will live in vain; Live for others, and you will live again.bob marley
There is no doubt that in exchanging a self-centered for a selfless life we gain enormously in self-esteem. The vanity of the selfless, even those who practice utmost humility, is boundless.Eric Hoffer