Vanity Quotes

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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

J. Michael Straczynski
“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.”
J. Michael Straczynski, Babylon 5: The Scripts of J. Michael Straczynski, Vol. 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shannon L. Alder
“The way you think about yourself determines your reality. You are not being hurt by the way people think about you. Many of those people are a reflection of how you think about yourself.”
Shannon L. Alder

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

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

Sophocles
“The tyrant is a child of Pride
Who drinks from his sickening cup
Recklessness and vanity,
Until from his high crest headlong
He plummets to the dust of hope.”
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

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

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

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

Soman Chainani
“Agatha: "If you say anything smug or stuck-up or shallow, I'll have Reaper follow you home."
Sophie: "But then I can't talk!”
Soman Chainani, The School for Good and Evil

Haruki Murakami
“Whenever an occasion arose in which she needed an opinion on something in the wider world, she borrowed her husband's. If this had been all there was to her, she wouldn't have bothered anyone, but as is so often the case with such women, she suffered from an incurable case of of pretentiousness. Lacking any internalized values of her own, such people can arrive at a standpoint only by adopting other people's standards or views. The only principle that governs their minds is the question "How do I look?”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

William Hazlitt
“In some situations, if you say nothing, you are called dull; if you talk, you are thought impertinent and arrogant. It is hard to know what to do in this case. The question seems to be, whether your vanity or your prudence predominates.”
William Hazlitt, Selected Essays, 1778-1830

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