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Quotes About Vanity

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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

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

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

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

Jarod Kintz
“I want to make something of myself. I believe it’s called a statue.”
Jarod Kintz, The Titanic would never have sunk if it were made out of a sink.

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

Paulo Coelho
“The alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought. Leafing through the pages, he found a story about Narcissus.

The alchemist knew the legend of Narcissus, a youth who knelt daily beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty. He was so fascinated by himself that, one morning, he fell into the lake and drowned. At the spot where he fell, a flower was born, which was called the narcissus.

But this was not how the author of the book ended the story.

He said that when Narcissus died, the goddesses of the forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears.

'Why do you weep?' the goddesses asked.

'I weep for Narcissus," the lake replied.

'Ah, it is no surprise that you weep for Narcissus,' they said, 'for though we always pursued him in the forest, you alone could contemplate his beauty close at hand.'

'But... was Narcissus beautiful?' the lake asked.

'Who better than you to know that?' the goddesses asked in wonder. 'After all, it was by your banks that he knelt each day to contemplate himself!'

The lake was silent for some time. Finally, it said:

'I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.'

'What a lovely story,' the alchemist thought.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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

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

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

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

Jarod Kintz
“I object to that object that’s made of bronze and shaped like my clone. It should be made of gold, and shaped like me.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title

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

Anne Brontë
“I was sorry for her; I was amazed, disgusted at her heartless vanity; I wondered why so much beauty should be given to those who made so bad a use of it, and denied to some who would make it a benefit to both themselves and others.

But, God knows best, I concluded. There are, I suppose, some men as vain, as selfish, and as heartless as she is, and, perhaps, such women may be useful to punish them.”
Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey

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

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

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

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

Jim Butcher
“I'm brilliant as well as skilled," he said modestly. "It's a great burden, all of that on top of my angelic good looks. But I try to soldier on as best I can.”
Jim Butcher, Dead Beat

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

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

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

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

Mandy Hubbard
“But who bothers looking beyond the surface? Who even knows anything about Cinderella's Prince Charming - other than he's a handsome prince?”
Mandy Hubbard, Ripple

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

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