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Vain Person Quotes


"Violence is just, where kindness is vain." - Pierre Corneille

"Laws without morals are in vain." - Benjamin Franklin

"Ambition, idly vain; revenge and malice swell her train." - Roger Penrose

"Against boredom the gods themselves fight in vain." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"He who lives in despair / takes and gives in vain." - Hadewijch

"Philosophical studies are beset by one peril, a person easily brings himself to think that he thinks; and a smattering of science encourages conceit. He is above his companions. A hieroglyphic is a spell. The gnostic dogma is cuneiform writing to the million. Moreover, the vain man is generally a doubter. It is Newton who sees himself in a child on the sea shore, and his discoveries in the colored shells." - Robert Aris Willmott

"Vain are the thousand creeds That move men's hearts, unutterably vain; Worthless as withered weeds, Or idlest froth amid the boundless main." - Emily Bronte

"A person may be greedy, envious, cowardly, cold, ungenerous, unkind, vain, or conceited, but behave perfectly by a monumental act of the will." - Thomas Nagel

"It is much easier for me to imagine a praying murderer, a praying prostitute, than a vain person praying. Nothing is so at odds with prayer as vanity." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Nor was I the only one struggling.To live an ordinary life, like any ordinary person, must have been the vain dream of countless others." - Sayo Masuda

"As a person I'm perfectly vain, I'm just vainer as an actor about my ability. My acting vanity trumps my human vanity." - Rufus Sewell

"In vain sedate reflections we would make When half our knowledge we must snatch, not take." - Alexander Pope

"The nakedness of the indigent world may be clothed from the trimmings of the vain." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Our repugnance to death increases in proportion to our consciousness of having lived in vain." - William Hazlitt

"To teach vain Wits that Science little known, T' admire Superior Sense, and doubt their own!" - Alexander Pope

"Virtue, vain word, futile shadow, slave of chance! Alas! I believe in thee!" - Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger

"Our life must once have end; in vain we fly From following Fate; e'en now, e'en now, we die." - Lucretius

"To hear complaints with patience, even when complaints are vain, is one of the duties of friendship." - Samuel Johnson

"Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain. To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid." - Carlos Castaneda

"Of all the kind of pains, the greatest pain is to love and to love in vain." - George Granville, 1st Baron Lansdowne

"True, I talk of dreams, Which are the children of an idle brain, Begot of nothing but vain fantasy." - William Shakespeare

"It is not vain glory for a man and his glass to confer in his own chamber." - William Shakespeare

"All other ways of mortification are vain, all helps leave us helpless; it must be done by the Spirit." - John Owen

"It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual" - Jeremy Bentham

"real beauty is never vain." - Ellen Buckingham Mathews

"I'm vain because I'm imperfect." - Pete Doherty

"I'm vain because I'm imperfect." - Pete Doherty

"Ignobly vain, and impotently great." - Alexander Pope

"Nature does nothing in vain." - Aristotle

"I'm not vain, I'm insecure." - Mariah Carey

"you may call a person vain, and they will smile; you may call them immoral, and they may even feel flattered - but call them narrow-minded and they have done with you." - J. E. Buckrose

"Suspicious princes often promote the last of mankind, from a vain persuasion that those who have no dependence except on their favor will have no attachment except to the person of their benefactor." - Edward Gibbon

"Superiority in wit is more frequently the cause of vanity than superiority of judgment; as the person that wears an ornamental sword is even more vain than he that wears a useful one." - William Shenstone

"The idea of Kanye and vanity are like, synonymous. But I've put myself in a lot of places where a vain person wouldn't put themselves in. Like what's vanity about wearing a kilt?" - Kanye West

"I can't think of one person who is on TV who isn't vain. It's the nature of the beast. If you are on TV then you have a vanity, for sure. Just admit it! Why not?" - Simon Cowell

"I looked about for some of my acquaintance, but in vain, for I saw not one person that I knew, which is very odd, for all the world seemed there." - Frances Burney

"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

"I looked about for some of my acquaintance, but in vain, for I saw not one person that I knew, which is very odd, for all the world seemed there." - Fanny Burney

"A religious person is a desireless person." - Rajneesh

"Every person is unique." - Max Lucado

"I'm a cat person." - Dave Franco

"I'm a MySpace person." - Teyana

"I'm a good person." - Sidney Poitier

"I'm a good person." - Joan Jett

"I'm an average person." - Jim Hodges

"I'm a private person." - Ray Lamontagne

"I'm an iPod person." - Karl Lagerfeld

"If you are vain it is vain to sign your pictures and vain not to sign them. If you are not vain it is not vain to sign them and not vain not to sign them." - Fairfield Porter

"How happy the lover, How easy his chain, How pleasing his pain, How sweet to discover He sighs not in vain." - John Dryden

"Thou art gone from my gaze like a beautiful dream. And I seek thee in vain by the meadow and stream." - George Linley

"Shed not for her a bitter tear; Nor give the heart to vain regret. Tis but the casket that lies here; the gem that fills it sparkles yet." - Belle Starr

"He who knows himself well is mean and abject in his own sight, and takes no delight in the vain praise of men." - Thomas A Kempis

"Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it makes us vain, in fact, of our modesty." - Louis Kronenberger

"In judging others a man laboreth in vain; he often erreth, and easily falleth into sin; but in judging and examining himself he always laboreth to good purpose." - Thomas A Kempis

"Most men remember obligations, but not often to be grateful; the proud are made sour by the remembrance and the vain silent." - William Gilmore Simms

"I just hope I don't have to explain all the times I've used His name in vain when I get up there." - Bob Hope

"A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain. It can be and is often treasured by the recipient for life." - George D. Prentice

"Fashion is the abortive issue of vain ostentation and exclusive egotism ... tied to no rule, and bound to conform to every whim of the minute." - William Hazlitt

"Never was flattery lost on a poet's ear; a simple race, they waste their toil for the vain tribute of a smile." - Walter Scott

"I'd be a dog, a monkey, or a bear, or anything but that vain animal who is so proud of being rational." - John Wilmot

"Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed." - Leo Rosten

"A generous prayer is never presented in vain; the petition may be refused, but the petitioner is always, I believe, rewarded by some gracious visitation." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Nature does nothing in vain when less will serve; for Nature is pleased with simplicity and affects not the pomp of superfluous causes." - Isaac Newton

"Did ever a man try heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity, and find that there was no advantage in them - that it was a vain endeavor?" - Henry David Thoreau

"Emperors are vain and useless things." - Scott Westerfeld

"Vain wisdom all, and false philosophy." - John Milton

"Against boredom even gods struggle in vain." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Cliches so often befall vain people." - Ann Beattie

"Who talks much, must talk in vain." - John Gay

"An old dog barks not in vain." - George Herbert

"Nature has made nothing in vain." - Delarivier Manley

"Against stupidity, God Himself fights in vain." - Friedrich Schiller

"Violence is just where kindness is vain." - Pierre Corneille

"For monarchs seldom sigh in vain." - Walter Scott

"I'm glad I haven't lived in vain." - Saul Bellow

"I have been vain since birth." - Wallace Shawn

"Vain are the thousand creeds that move men's hearts, unutterably vain, worthless as wither'd weeds." - Emily Bronte

"Is beauty vain because it will fade? Then are earth's green robe and heaven's light vain." - John Pierpont

"Why, all delights are vain; but that most vain, Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain." - William Shakespeare

"Yes, one must suffer, even in vain, so as not to have lived in vain." - Antonio Porchia

"Vain, very vain is my search to find; that happiness which only centers in the mind." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Vain, very vain, my weary search to find That bliss which only centers in the mind." - Oliver Goldsmith

"The Lord who cannot endure vain repetitions is equally weary of vain variations." - Charles Spurgeon

"A person worth envying is a person who doesn't envy" - Boonaa Mohammed

"Meet the most important living person! That person is you." - W Clement Stone

"I'm more a dog person than a cat person." - Quentin S. Crisp

"There's no happier person than a truly thankful, content person." - Joyce Meyer

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person...Withou t concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is useless to check the vain dunce who has caught the mania of scribbling, whether prose or poetry, canzonets or criticisms,-let such a one go on till the disease exhausts itself. Opposition like water, thrown on burning oil, but increases the evil, because a person of weak judgment will seldom listen to reason, but become obstinate under reproof." - Sarah Josepha Hale

"You may look through the streets of heaven, asking each how they came to b there, and you will look in vain everywhere for a person who is morally and spiritually strong, whose strength did not come to him in struggle. There is no exception anywhere. Every true strength is gained in struggle." - Phillips Brooks

"A melancholy air can never be the right thing; what you want is a bored air. If you are melancholy, it must be because you want something, there is something in which you have not succeeded. It is shewing your inferiority. If you are bored, on the other hand, it is the person who has tried in vain to please you who is inferior." - Stendhal

"People who seek political power are, with exceptions too rare to matter, never to be trusted; at best, such people are vain and officious busybodies. People who actually achieve political power are to be trusted even less than those who seek it without success; winning elections requires a measure of deceitfulness and Machiavellian immorality that no decent person comes close to possessing." - Donald J. Boudreaux

"I'm a proud person. I'm not vain. I look at it like it is. If you've got the money and you're going to be out there, you owe it to people not to look like a dog if you can help it." - Dolly Parton

"I'm the luckiest unlucky person." - Tig Notaro

"A thinker is a person." - Joseph Cook

"I'm a very distracted person." - J K Rowling

"I'm a very private person." - Kirsty Gallacher

"I'm not a complicated person." - Jessie Ware

"I'm more a competitive person." - Felix Baumgartner

"I'm a very curious person." - Domenico Dolce

"I'm a big bath person." - Bethenny Frankel

"I'm a really honest person." - Billy Corgan

"I'm not a mean person." - Darren Criss

"I'm a super-introverted person." - Grimes

"I am my own person." - Susana Martinez

"I am an ordinary person." - Frances Mcdormand

"I'm a very private person." - Michael Keaton

"I'm really a normal person." - Dakota Johnson

"I am a direct person." - Susan Rice

"I'm better looking in person." - Jason Segel

"I'm a very proud person." - Kevin Pietersen

"I'm not a negative person." - Ian Somerhalder

"I enjoy sports in person." - Shania Twain

"I'm a fairly private person." - Ben Whishaw

"I'm a pretty loyal person." - Alec Baldwin

"I'm not a nice person." - Barbara Ehrenreich

"I'm not a list person." - Joan Jett

"Well, I'm an independent person." - Victoria Justice

"I'm a very caring person." - Alicia Keys

"I'm a relatively unfocused person." - Michael Korda

"I'm a very romantic person." - Esai Morales

"I'm the most private person." - Ashley Olsen

"I am a dog person and not a cat person, definitely a dog person." - Will Shortz

"Life is a smoke that curls- Curls in a flickering skein, That winds and whisks and whirls, A figment thin and vain, Into the vast inane. One end for hut and hall." - William Ernest Henley

"Some rhyme a neebor's name to lash; Some rhyme (vain thought!) for needfu' cash; Some rhyme to court the countra clash, An' raise a din; For me, an aim I never fash; I rhyme for fun." - Robert Burns

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

"Life is a very sad piece of buffoonery, because we have .. the need to fool ourselves continuously by the spontaneous creation of a reality .. which, from time to time, reveals itself to be vain and illusory." - Luigi Pirandello

"I have done what I could do in life, and if I could not do better, I did not deserve it. In vain I have tried to step beyond what bound me." - Maurice Maeterlinck

"We are strange beings, we seem to go free, but we go in chains - chains of training, custom, convention, association, environment - in a word, Circumstance, and against these bonds the strongest of us struggle in vain." - Mark Twain

"It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them." - Thomas Jefferson

"For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain." - Dorothy L Sayers

"If a war be undertaken...before the resources of peace have been tried and proved vain to secure it, that war has no defense, it is a national crime." - Charles Eliot Norton

"A new home by a gap in the Meng wall; Of the old trees, a few gnarled willows are left. Those who come in the future, who will they be, Grieving in vain for what others had before?" - Wang Wei

"Long customs are not easily broken; he that attempts to change the course of his own life very often labors in vain; and how shall we do that for others, which we are seldom able to do for ourselves." - Samuel Johnson

"No preacher is listened to but time, which gives us the same train and turn of thought that elder people have in vain tried to put into our heads before." - Jonathan Swift

"It is in vain that we get upon stilts, for once on them, it is still with our legs that we must walk. And on the highest throne in the world we are still sitting on our own ass." - Michel De Montaigne

"It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world." - George D. Prentice

"Look within. Within you is the hidden God. Within you is the immortal soul. Within you is the inexhaustible spiritual treasure. Within you is the ocean of bliss. Look within for the happiness which you have sought in vain." - Sivananda

"Their sacrifice was great, but not in vain. All Americans and every free nation on earth can trace their liberty to the white markers of places like Arlington National Cemetery. And may God keep us ever grateful." - George W Bush

"We know the truth not only through our reason but also through our heart. It is through the latter that we know first principles, and reason, which has nothing to do with it, tries in vain to refute them." - Blaise Pascal

"Natura nihil agit frustra [Nature does nothing in vain] is the only indisputible axiom in philosophy. There are no grotesques in nature; not any thing framed to fill up empty cantons, and unncecessary spaces." - Thomas Browne

"The love of justice and the love of country plead equally the cause of these people, and it is a moral reproach to us that they should have pleaded it so long in vain." - Thomas Jefferson

"[Jehovah is] certainly the most jealous, the most vain, the most ferocious, the most unjust, the most bloodthirsty, the most despotic, and the most hostile to human dignity and liberty." - Mikhail Bakunin

"Careless of censure, nor too fond of fame, Still pleased to praise, yet not afraid to blame, Averse alike to flatter or offend, Not free from faults, nor yet too vain to mend." - Alexander Pope

"He that despairs degrades the Deity, and seems to intimate that He is insufficient, or not just to His word; and in vain hath read the scriptures, the world, and man." - Owen Feltham

"Do not desire your neighbor's wife in vain." - Julian Tuwim

"Royalty consists not in vain pomp, but in great virtues" - Agesilaus II

"Without the Gospel everything is useless and vain." - John Calvin

"You are vain and wicked- as a genius should be." - Gunter Grass

"Only vain people wage war against the vanity of others." - Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington



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