Quotations On Vanity

  • All men are selfish, but the vain man is in love with himself. He admires, like the lover his adored one, everything which to others is indifferent. —Auerbach.
  • There is no limit to the vanity of this world. Each spoke in the wheel thinks the whole strength of the wheel depends upon it.—H.W. Shaw.
  • Every man has just as much vanity as he wants understanding.—Pope.
  • Vanity is the natural weakness of an ambitious man, which exposes him to the secret scorn and derision of those he converses with, and ruins the character he is so industrious to advance by it.—Addison.
  • An egotist will always speak of himself, either in praise or in censure; but a modest man ever shuns making himself the subject of his conversation.—La Bruyère.
  • Vanity is the foundation of the most ridiculous and contemptible vices—the vices of affectation and common lying.—Adam Smith.
  • Vanity keeps persons in favor with themselves who are out of favor with all others.—Shakespeare.
  • There is no restraining men's tongues or pens when charged with a little vanity.—Washington.
  • Vanity makes men ridiculous, pride odious and ambition terrible.—Steele.
  • It is our own vanity that makes the vanity of others intolerable to us.—La Rochefoucauld.
  • Vanity is a strange passion; rather than be out of a job it will brag of its vices.—H.W. Shaw.
  • Extreme vanity sometimes hides under the garb of ultra modesty.—Mrs. Jameson.
  • She neglects her heart who too closely studies her glass.—Lavater.
  • Verily, every man at his best state is altogether vanity.—Psalm 39:5.