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Quotes About Vain

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Ann Beattie
“Clichés so often befall vain people.”
Ann Beattie, Walks With Men: Fiction

Abraham Cowley
“A mighty pain to love it is,
And 'tis a pain that pain to miss;
But of all pains, the greatest pain
It is to love, but love in vain.”
Abraham Cowley

Jarod Kintz
“I want to spend less time talking about myself, and more time listening to what other people have to say about me.”
Jarod Kintz, I Want

Cassandra Clare
“Enormous? Did you just call me FAT? I am not fat. - Jace”
Cassandra Clare

Jarod Kintz
“I breathe onto a mirror just to make sure I’m still alive, and to see how good looking my breath is.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Stay away from lazy parasites, who perch on you just to satisfy their needs, they do not come to alleviate your burdens, hence, their mission is to distract, detract and extract, and make you live in abject poverty.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Virginia Woolf
“No sooner have you feasted on beauty with your eyes than your mind tells you that beauty is vain and beauty passes”
Virginia Woolf

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“But the vain man did not hear him. Vain men never hear anything but praise.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Michael Bassey Johnson
“It is easy to identify a shallow person by the attention he gives to what will do him absolutely no good.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Robert G. Ingersoll
“When reading the history of the Jewish people, of their flight from slavery to death, of their exchange of tyrants, I must confess that my sympathies are all aroused in their behalf. They were cheated, deceived and abused. Their god was quick-tempered unreasonable, cruel, revengeful and dishonest. He was always promising but never performed. He wasted time in ceremony and childish detail, and in the exaggeration of what he had done. It is impossible for me to conceive of a character more utterly detestable than that of the Hebrew god. He had solemnly promised the Jews that he would take them from Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey. He had led them to believe that in a little while their troubles would be over, and that they would soon in the land of Canaan, surrounded by their wives and little ones, forget the stripes and tears of Egypt. After promising the poor wanderers again and again that he would lead them in safety to the promised land of joy and plenty, this God, forgetting every promise, said to the wretches in his power:—'Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness and your children shall wander until your carcasses be wasted.' This curse was the conclusion of the whole matter. Into this dust of death and night faded all the promises of God. Into this rottenness of wandering despair fell all the dreams of liberty and home. Millions of corpses were left to rot in the desert, and each one certified to the dishonesty of Jehovah. I cannot believe these things. They are so cruel and heartless, that my blood is chilled and my sense of justice shocked. A book that is equally abhorrent to my head and heart, cannot be accepted as a revelation from God.

When we think of the poor Jews, destroyed, murdered, bitten by serpents, visited by plagues, decimated by famine, butchered by each, other, swallowed by the earth, frightened, cursed, starved, deceived, robbed and outraged, how thankful we should be that we are not the chosen people of God. No wonder that they longed for the slavery of Egypt, and remembered with sorrow the unhappy day when they exchanged masters. Compared with Jehovah, Pharaoh was a benefactor, and the tyranny of Egypt was freedom to those who suffered the liberty of God.

While reading the Pentateuch, I am filled with indignation, pity and horror. Nothing can be sadder than the history of the starved and frightened wretches who wandered over the desolate crags and sands of wilderness and desert, the prey of famine, sword, and plague. Ignorant and superstitious to the last degree, governed by falsehood, plundered by hypocrisy, they were the sport of priests, and the food of fear. God was their greatest enemy, and death their only friend.

It is impossible to conceive of a more thoroughly despicable, hateful, and arrogant being, than the Jewish god. He is without a redeeming feature. In the mythology of the world he has no parallel. He, only, is never touched by agony and tears. He delights only in blood and pain. Human affections are naught to him. He cares neither for love nor music, beauty nor joy. A false friend, an unjust judge, a braggart, hypocrite, and tyrant, sincere in hatred, jealous, vain, and revengeful, false in promise, honest in curse, suspicious, ignorant, and changeable, infamous and hideous:—such is the God of the Pentateuch.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses

Dejan Stojanovic
“He did not waste time in a vain search for a place in history.”
Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

Gillian Flynn
“I am smiling a big adopted-orphan smile as I write this ... I still love scribbling the word - WRITER - any time on a form, questionnaire, document asks for my occupation. Fine, I write personality quizzes, I don't write about the Great Issues of the Day, but I think it's fair to say I am a writer ... ('Adopted-orphan smile', I mean, that's not bad, come on.)”
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

Jess C. Scott
“He knows how to market himself well. Nowadays, that's all that seems to count. He's rebellious in a way that appeals to people with vain, shallow taste. So of course he manipulates his audiences with the blessing of his recording company and the financial investors behind his brand.”
Jess C. Scott, SVEN, Incubus Story.02

Emma Chase
“Of course not, Drew. Why should you chase anyone, when you're so content to tlet everyone chase you?”
Emma Chase, Tangled
tags: vain

Joseph Conrad
“If we could only get rid of consciousness. What makes mankind tragic is not that they are the victims of nature, it is that they are conscious of it. To be part of the animal kingdom under the conditions of this earth is very well--but as soon as you know of your slavery, the pain, the anger, the strife--the tragedy begins. We can't return to nature, since we can't change our place in it. Our refuge is in stupidity [...] There is no morality, no knowledge, and no hope; there is only the consciousness of ourselves which drives us about a world that [...] is always but a vain and floating appearance.”
Joseph Conrad

Israelmore Ayivor
“Complaining is a vain way of explaining pain without gaining relief. Keep complains distances away from you.”
Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

Peter S. Beagle
“Unicorns are immortal. It is their nature to live alone in one place: usually a forest where there is a pool clear enough for them to see themselves-for they are a little vain, knowing themselves to be the most beautiful creatures in all the world, and magic besides. They mate very rarely, and no place is more enchanted than one where a unicorn has been born. The last time she had seen another unicorn the young virgins who still came seeking her now and then had called to her in a different tongue; but then, she had no idea of months and years and centuries, or even of seasons. It was always spring in her forest, because she lived there, and she wandered all day among the great beech trees, keeping watch over the animals that lived in the ground and under bushes, in nests and caves, earths and treetops. Generation after generation, wolves and rabbits alike, they hunted and loved and had children and died, and as the unicorn did none of these things, she never grew tired of watching them.”
Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

Jarod Kintz
“In my experience, I’ve found myself to be inexperienced. But at least I found myself. Some people spend their lives searching in vain.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Alex Morritt
“The 'Selfie Stick' has to top the list for what best defines narcissism in society today.”
Alex Morritt, Impromptu Scribe

Virchand Gandhi
“My brothers and sisters of America, there is not the least shadow of hope that India can ever be Christianised. After two hundred years of vain efforts and of spending millions of dollars with the prestige of the conqueror and backed by British bayonets, Christianity is not supported by the converts themselves. Every bit of Protestant Christianity in India is maintained partly by the money flowing from England and America, and partly by taxes imposed upon the Hindus against their will, which must be paid although the people starve.

The people of India as a whole are saturated with religious and philosophical thought. They think and ponder on spiritual matters from childhood to death. Even the street-sweeper is frequently more profoundly versed in subtle metaphysics and divine wisdom than the missionary sent to convert him.”
Virchand Gandhi, The Monist

Hermann Franz Moritz Kopp
“The alchemists of past centuries tried hard to make the elixir of life: ... Those efforts were in vain; it is not in our power to obtain the experiences and the views of the future by prolonging our lives forward in this direction. However, it is well possible in a certain sense to prolong our lives backwards by acquiring the experiences of those who existed before us and by learning to know their views as well as if we were their contemporaries. The means for doing this is also an elixir of life.”
Hermann Franz Moritz Kopp

Sylvain Reynard
“Beauty is vain. It appears and like the wind, it's gone”
Sylvain Reynard, The Raven

Sylvain Reynard
“Beauty is vain. It appears and, like the wind, it's gone”
Sylvain Reynard, The Raven

J.M. Barrie
“It was the work of one brutal moment to land the beautiful girl on the rock; she was too proud to offer a vain resistance.”
J.M. Barrie
tags: proud, vain

“You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.”
Laurence Peter (1919—1990)

Israelmore Ayivor
“Don't complain. It's just a way of explaining your pains for no gains. Wake up to your calling... Wear a positive move and say your desires to God!”
Israelmore Ayivor, Dream Big!: See Your Bigger Picture!

Dejan Stojanovic
“It is vain futility to analyze the algebra of time.”
Dejan Stojanovic, The Creator

Jarod Kintz
“Like pets, I name my leftover food. Only I name them all after myself, partly so my coworkers won’t eat them in the fridge, but mostly out of vanity.”
Jarod Kintz, Sleepwalking is restercise

“Heaven help us! The girls have only to turn the tables,and say of one of their own sex,'She is as vain as a man,' and they will have perfect reason. The bearded creatures are quite as eager for praise, quite as finikin over their toilets, quite as proud of their personal advantages, quite as conscious of their powers of fascinations, as any coquette in the world.”
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Israelmore Ayivor
“Life is how you brew it. Wake up, you have a story to tell. Don't chase vain glory, your story will tell it. You owe it to yourself to write the lines of your story in the ink of purpose!”
Israelmore Ayivor, Dream Big!: See Your Bigger Picture!

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