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Vain Quotes


"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

"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

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

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

"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

"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

"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

"Heaven and earth fight in vain against a dunce!" - Friedrich Schiller

"Blasphemous words betray the vain foolishness of the speaker." - Philip Sidney

"Sweet is true love, though given in vain." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Weep not, sweet queen, for trickling tears are vain." - William Shakespeare

"I do not allow myself vain regrets or foreboding." - Mary Chesnut

"That power is in vain which is never in use." - Benjamin Whichcote

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

"I've been accused of being very vain about my apathy." - Bret Easton Ellis

"And panting Time toil'd after him in vain." - Samuel Johnson

"For good undone, and gifts misspent, and resolutions vain." - Adam Lindsay Gordon

"The faithless vain disturber of mankind, Insulting Gaul." - James Thomson

"That stone,... Philosophers in vain so long have sought." - John Milton

"Or hast thou known the world so long in vain?" - John Dryden

"We waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day." - William Shakespeare

"Without common sense, all thine efforts are in vain." - Rudolf Steiner

"They never sought in vain that sought the Lord alright!" - Robert Burns

"May I not seem to have lived in vain." - Tycho Brahe

"Nature makes nothing incomplete, and nothing in vain." - Aristotle

"Not vain the weakest, if their force unite." - Homer

"For good undone, and gifts misspent, and resolutions vain" - Adam Lindsay Gordon

"The vain being is the really solitary being." - Berthold Auerbach

"Look what a little vain dust we are!" - Joseph Addison

"To so perverse a sex all grace is vain." - John Dryden

"Fancy brings us as many vain hopes as idle fears." - Wilhelm Von Humboldt

"Pavarotti is not vain, but conscious of being unique" - Peter Ustinov

"All art preserves mysteries which aesthetic philosophers tackle in vain." - Anthony Burgess

"The wise needn't ask, the fool asks in vain." - Ursula K Le Guin

"Whilst I yet live, let me not live in vain." - Joseph Addison

"In the mountains of wisdom no climbing is in vain." - Nhat Hanh

"Do not waste this life in vain pursuits." - Isaac Of Nineveh

"Who comes tonight? We ope the doors in vain" - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Honesty always sounds like impudence to the vain and stupid." - Orson Scott Card

"Opinion is a light, vain, crude, and imperfect thing." - Ben Jonson

"It is vain futility to analyze the algebra of time." - Dejan Stojanovic

"Tax not the royal Saint with vain expense." - William Wordsworth

"He gains a great deal who loses a vain hope." - Proverbs

"Money spent on the mind is never spent in vain." - Proverbs

"In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"It is vain to look for a defense against lightning." - Publilius Syrus

"When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain." - William Shakespeare

"Liberty a word without which all other words are vain." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Only against death does man cry out in vain." - Malcolm Lowry

"I find that men are far more vain than women." - Patricia Arquette

"I do not allow myself vain regrets or foreboding." - Mary Boykin Chesnut

"The entire deaths of Vietnam died in vain. And they're dying in vain right this very second. And you know what's worse than a soldier dying in vain? It's more soldiers dying in vain. That's what's worse." - Mike Gravel

"And weep the more, because I weep in vain." - Thomas Gray

"Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake." - Quintilian

"Pavarotti is not vain, but conscious of being unique." - Peter Ustinov

"Life and death are important. Don't suffer them in vain." - Bodhidharma

"Most Hollywood men are too vain and shallow for me." - Alley Mills

"And not a vanity is given in vain." - Alexander Pope

"Mistress-like, its brilliance vain, highly capricious and inane..." - Alexander Pushkin

"Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain." - Friedrich Schiller

"With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain." - Friedrich Schiller

"I'm vain enough to want do a movie again." - Gwen Stefani

"Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain." - Jane Austen

"I'm an actor; I'm vain - you want to look good." - David Sutcliffe

"How vain, without the merit, is the name." - Homer

"The common practice of keeping up appearances with society is a mere selfish struggle of the vain with the vain." - John Ruskin

"Odor of blood when Christ was slain Made all Platonic tolerance vain And vain all Doric discipline." - William Butler Yeats

"Odour of blood when Christ was slain Made all platonic tolerance vain And vain all Doric discipline." - William Butler Yeats

"All is vanity and everybody's vain. Women are terribly vain. So are men - more so, if possible." - Jerome K Jerome

"Vain was the chief's, the sage's pride! They had no poet, and they died. In vain they schem'd, in vain they bled! They had no poet, and are dead." - Alexander Pope

"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

"Was it Gorky who said: "If your children are no better than you are, you have fathered in vain, indeed you have lived in vain." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"And if you find everything as soon as you look for it, you find it in vain, you look for it in vain." - Antonio Porchia

"There are two things that we should avoid, oh disciple! A life of pleasures, that is low and vain. A life of mortification, that is useless and vain." - Gautama Buddha

"Age is no more near than youth To the sceptre and the crown. Vain the wisdom, vain the truth; Do not lay thy rapture down." - George William Russell

"In vain I speak of urgent tasks; In vain I scowl and pout; A frown is no extinguisher - It does not put him out!" - John Godfrey Saxe

"Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." - Bible

"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

"The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower." - Florence Nightingale

"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

"One whom the music of his own vain tongue doth ravish like enchanting harmony." - William Shakespeare

"No endeavour is in vain; Its reward is in the doing." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Tis all in vain to keep a constant pother About one vice and fall into another." - Alexander Pope

"Blot out vain pomp; check impulse; quench appetite; keep reason under its own control." - Marcus Aurelius

"It is not in vain that man speaks to man. This is the value of literature." - Henry David Thoreau

"Nothing is made in vain, but the fly came near it." - Mark Twain

"Anything that one imagines of God apart from Christ is only useless thinking and vain idolatry." - Martin Luther

"When intimacy followed love in Italy there were no longer any vain pretensions between two lovers." - Stendhal

"Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, labor in vain." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"I never want to end up being a self-centered, vain human being." - Taylor Swift

"It is vain to complain of fortune while we fail in policy and conduct." - Norm Macdonald

"We gain justice, judgment, with years, or else years are in vain." - Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton

"Earnest men never think in vain, though their thoughts may be errors." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"Vanity and dignity are incompatible with each other; vain women are almost sure to be vulnerable." - Alfred De Musset

"Be attentive, feel nothing in vain, measure and compare: this is the whole law of philosophy." - Georg C Lichtenberg

"It is no less vain to wish death than it is cowardly to fear it." - Philip Sidney

"flattery would be worse than vain; there is no consolation in flattery." - Charlotte Bronte

"The passion of acquiring riches in order to support a vain expense corrupts the purest souls." - Francois Fenelon

"In vain produced, all rays return; Evil will bless, and ice will burn." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Artists have a right to be modest and a duty to be vain." - Karl Kraus

"For this I see, that we, all we that live, Are but vain shadows, unsubstantial dreams." - Sophocles

"What we find exotic abroad may be what we hunger for in vain at home." - Alain De Botton

"Now a' is done that men can do, And a' is done in vain." - Robert Burns

"May the culture of life and love render vain the logic of death." - Pope John Paul Ii

"Polite diseases make some idiots vain, Which, if unfortunately well, they feign." - Edward Young

"I think people just probably don't want people to think that they're vain." - Lily Allen

"Even our smallest attempts are not in vain. We know that nothing is lost." - Swami Vivekananda

"We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain." - Abraham Lincoln

"Knowledge is vain and fruitless which is not reduced to practice." - Matthew Henry

"Let the past not be forgotten. Let the lessons not be in vain." - Lora Leigh

"The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them." - Anatole France

"It is vain to do with more what can be done with less." - William Of Occam

"To be vain of one's rank or place is to show that one is below it." - Stanislaw Leszczynski

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

"The multitude unaw'd is insolent; Once seiz'd with fear, contemptible and vain." - David Mallet

"All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"No endeavour is in vain; Its reward is in the doing." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



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