Quotes About Vanity

Quotes tagged as "vanity" (showing 1-30 of 381)
Jane Austen
“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Tennessee Williams
“There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.”
Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams
“Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see ...each other in life. Vanity, fear, desire, competition-- all such distortions within our own egos-- condition our vision of those in relation to us. Add to those distortions to our own egos the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other. That's how it is in all living relationships except when there is that rare case of two people who love intensely enough to burn through all those layers of opacity and see each other's naked hearts.”
Tennessee Williams

Dale Carnegie
“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.”
Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

J.K. Rowling
“Lockhart'll sign anything if it stands still long enough.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Jane Austen
“Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Lisa Kleypas
“A man's vanity is more fragile that you might think. It's easy for us to mistake shyness for coldness, and silence for indifference.”
Lisa Kleypas, Devil in Winter

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“If you spend your life sparing people’s feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can’t distinguish what should be respected in them.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night & The Last Tycoon

William Makepeace Thackeray
“Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?”
William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

Blaise Pascal
“Curiosity is only vanity. We usually only want to know something so that we can talk about it.”
Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Diana Wynne Jones
“Look. Survey. Inspect. My hair is ruined! I look like a pan of bacon and eggs!”
Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle

Margaret Atwood
“Vanity is becoming a nuisance, I can see why women give it up, eventually. But I'm not ready for that yet.”
Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Nova Ren Suma
“There's something ugly about a pretty boy who knows he's pretty and assumes everyone else know it too.”
Nova Ren Suma, Imaginary Girls

Jane Austen
“She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance - a misplaced shame. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well−informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid. A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Jim Butcher
“I'm so pretty, it's hard for me to think of myself as intelligent.”
Jim Butcher, Dead Beat

Blaise Pascal
“Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.”
Blaise Pascal

Jim Butcher
“I'm amazing and studly, but I have limits.”
Jim Butcher, Grave Peril

Oscar Wilde
“Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.”
Oscar Wilde

Gustave Flaubert
“He had the vanity to believe men did not like him – while men simply did not know him.”
Gustave Flaubert, November

Jim Butcher
“Vanity, thy name is vampire.”
Jim Butcher, Proven Guilty

Oscar Wilde
“But then one regrets the loss even of one's worst habits. Perhaps one regrets them the most. They are such an essential part of one's personality.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Karen Quan
“How beautiful would it be if we could just see souls instead of bodies? To see love and compassion instead of curves.”
Karen Quan, Write like no one is reading 2

Tiffany Madison
“Women that can work a camera with ease often work men just as effortlessly for both require the same commitment to vanity and manipulation.”
Tiffany Madison

Becca Fitzpatrick
“We all know you're beautiful, Scott.”
Becca Fitzpatrick, Silence

Oscar Wilde
“I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose? Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now! Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day—mock me horribly!”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Jim Butcher
“Now I feel like James Bond. Suave and intelligent, breaking all the codes while looking fabulous.”
Jim Butcher, Dead Beat

Jess C. Scott
“Killing animals to make a fashion statement = a sickening + cold-blooded vanity.”
Jess C. Scott, Skins, Animal Stories

Toni Morrison
“guileless and without vanity,we were still in love with ourselves then. We felt comfortable in our own skins, enjoyed the news that our senses released to us, admired our dirt, cultivated our scars, and could not comprehend this unworthiness.”
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

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