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
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
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes, than a public library.
Being an MP feeds your vanity and starves your self- respect.Matthew Parris
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.ford madox ford
I, Tivadar Kosztka, who gave up his prime of youth for the rebirth of the world, accepting the call of the invisible Spirit, had a regular civil job, comfort, wealth then ... Going to Paris in 1907 I oppositely standed alone in front of millions with only the result of the divine providence, and I beat the vanity of the world hollow, but I haven't killed 10 million people, only sobered them. I haven't made commercials from things, because I didn't care for the pedlar's press; I retired from the world instead, going to the top of the Lebanons, and I painted cedars.tivadar csontváry kosztka
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
'No, not one little song,' replied the Rat firmly, though his heart bled as he noticed the trembling lip of the poor disappointed Toad. 'It's no good, Toady; you know well that your songs are all conceit and boasting and vanity; and your speeches are all self-praise and and well, and gross exaggeration and and ' 'And gas,' put in the Badger, in his common way.Kenneth Grahame
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
Men crowd into honorable careers without other vocation than their vanity, or at best their love of fame.vauvenargues, luc de clapiers, marquis de
It is thus superstition infatuates man from his infancy, fills him with vanity, and enslaves him with fanaticism.
Fellini was a hugely original spirit, a bona fide gagman, the king of contradiction, a well-oiled motor mouth -- in short, anything except a thinker. He needed the interviews and the media because it was during these seeming exercises in vanity that he discovered things about himself. If you pushed him hard enough, he would come up with ideas that surprised even him.
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
O vanity! you are the lever by means of which Archimedes wished to lift the earth!mikhail lermontov
Every man at his best state is altogether vanity.
Shall I speak truly what I now see below? The World is all a carkass, smoak and vanity, The shadow of a shadow, a play And in one word, just Nothing.owen feltham