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Vanity And Pride Quotes


"Vanity and pride of nations; vanity is as advantageous to a government as pride is dangerous." - Baron de Montesquieu

"Vanity makes people ridiculous, pride odious, and ambition terrible." - Richard Steele

"The truest characters of ignorance Are vanity, and pride, and annoyance." - Samuel Butler (poet)

"Vanity and pride sustain so close an alliance as to be often mistaken for each other." - William Ewart Gladstone

"Gold is the gift of vanity and common pride, but flowers are the gift of love and friendship." - Franz Grillparzer

"Cast out pride and vanity; have no thought of trying to rule over others or of outdoing them." - Wallace D. Wattles

"Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt." - Benjamin Franklin

"The offspring of riches: Pride, vanity, ostentation, arrogance, tyranny" - Mark Twain

"Vanity, wounded pride, rejection, self-delusion. I could recite a litany of little pinpricks that finally produce a gaping wound. That's how marriages and friendships come apart." - Helen Van Slyke

"Be good, be young, be true! Evil is nothing but vanity, let us have the pride of good, and above all let us never despair." - Alexandre Dumas-fils

"Wounded vanity knows when it is mortally hurt; and limps off the field, piteous, all disguises thrown away. But pride carries its banner to the last." - Helen Hunt Jackson

"Vanity is as advantageous to a government as pride is dangerous. To be convinced of this we need only represent, on the one hand,the numberless benefits which result from vanity, as industry, the arts, fashions, politeness, and taste; and on the other, the infinite evils which spring from the pride of certain nations, a laziness, poverty, a total neglect of everything." - Baron de Montesquieu

"Pride differs in many things from vanity, and by gradations that never blend, although they may be somewhat indistinguishable. Pride may perhaps be termed a too high opinion of ourselves founded on the overrating of certain qualities that we do actually possess; whereas vanity is more easily satisfied, and can extract a feeling of self-complacency from qualifications that are imaginary." - Charles Caleb Colton

"All is vanity, and discovering it - the greatest vanity." - Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie

"Your vanity and my vanity will never be friends." - Mason Cooley

"Pride makes us esteem ourselves; vanity desires the esteem of others." - Anonymous

"Pride makes us esteem ourselves; vanity makes us desire the esteem of others." - Hugh Blair

"Pride is a wound, and vanity is the scab on it. One's life picks at the scab to open the wound again and again. In men, it seldom heals and often grows septic." - Michael Ayrton

"Vanity is a static thing. It puts it faith in what it has, and is easily wounded. Pride is active, and satisfied only with what it can do, hence accustomed not to feel small stings." - Jacques Barzun

"Vanity is a confounded donkey, very apt to put his head between his legs, and chuck us over; but pride is a fine horse, that will carry us over the ground, and enable us to distance our fellow-travelers." - Frederick Marryat

"We should reflect that whatever tempts the pride and vanity of ambitious persons is not so big as the smallest star which we see scattered in disorder and unregarded on the pavement of heaven." - Jeremy Taylor

"The sin of pride may be a small or a great thing in someone's life, and hurt vanity a passing pinprick, or a self-destroying or ever murderous obsession." - Iris Murdoch

"We Caskodens take great pride in our ancestry. Some persons, I know, hold all that to be totally un-Solomonlike and the height of vanity, but, they, usually, have no ancestors of whom to be proud." - Charles Major

"Love of power more frequently originates in vanity than pride (two qualities, by the way, which are often confounded) and is, consequently, yet more peculiarly the sin of little than of great minds." - Frances Wright

"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

"I would much rather fight pride than vanity, because pride has a stand-up way of fighting. You know where it is. It throws its black shadow on you, and you are not at a loss where to strike. But vanity is that delusive, that insectiferous, that multiplied feeling, and men that fight vanities are like men that fight midges and butterflies. It is easier to chase them than to hit them." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Pride is a very common failing, I believe. By all that I have ever read, I am convinced that it is very common indeed, that human nature is particularly prone to it, and that there are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of self-complacency on the score of some quality or other, real or imaginary. Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what would have others think of us." - Jane Austen

"Vanity and rudeness are seldom seen together." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride - where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation." - Jane Austen

"Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride, friendship without envy, or beauty without vanity?" - Bantu Holomisa

"Pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty." - George Eliot

" abuse the intellect for reasons of pride, vanity, or escape from responsibility, is the fruit of that same tree." - Walter M. Miller, Jr.

"All is vanity, look you; and so the preacher is vanity too." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"The only cure for vanity is laughter. And the only fault that's laughable is vanity." - Henri Bergson

"Pride is handsome, economical; pride eradicates so many vices, letting none subsist but itself, that it seems as if it were a great gain to exchange vanity for pride." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Damned indecision and cursed pride." - Michael Jackson

"The first step in conforming our intellect to God's truth is to die to our vanity, pride, and craving for respect from colleagues and the public. We must let go of the worldly motivations that drive us, praying to be motivated solely by a genuine desire to submit our minds to God's Word - and then to use that knowledge in service to others." - Nancy Pearcey

"Take me. I'm an ordinary player in the key of C. And my will was broken by my pride and my vanity. Who's gonna love you when you're looks are gone? God will. Like he waters the flowers on your window sill." - Paul Simon

"Mingled vanity and pride appear in this, that when miserable men do seek after God, instead of ascending higher than themselves as they ought to do, they measure him by their own carnal stupidity, and neglecting solid inquiry, fly off to indulge their curiosity in vain speculation." - John Calvin

"Anyone can battle for pride, power, vanity, greed, or hate, but war should always be approached with an equal measure of wisdom and strength. It's not just enough to know when to fight, but to know when to lay down the sword and negotiate. Not everything in the world is worth fighting for." - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"Wounded vanity knows when it is mortally hurt; and limps off the field, piteous, all disguises thrown away. But pride carries its banner to the last; and fast as it is driven from one field unfurls it in another, never admitting that there is a shade less honor in the second field than in the first, or in the third than in the second." - Helen Hunt Jackson

"The manly pride of the Romans, content with substantial power, had left to the vanity of the East the forms and ceremonies of ostentatious greatness. But when they lost even the semblance of those virtues which were derived from their ancient freedom, the simplicity of Roman manners was insensibly corrupted by the stately affectation of the courts of Asia." - Edward Gibbon

"Pride is a fault that great men blush not to own: it is the ennobled offspring of self-love; though, it must be confessed, grave and pompous vanity, Iike a fat plebeian in a rove of office, does very often assume its name." - Joanna Baillie

"The French courage proceeds from vanity - the German from phlegm - the Turkish from fanaticism and opium - the Spanish from pride - the English from coolness - the Dutch from obstinacy - the Russian from insensibility - but he Italian from anger - so you will see that they will spare nothing." - Lord Byron

"Vanity is the fear of appearing original: it is thus a lack of pride, but not necessarily a lack of originality." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"... many a heart is caught in the rebound ... Pride may be soothed by the ready devotion of another; vanity may be excited the more keenly by recent mortification." - Letitia Elizabeth Landon

"Pride is never more offensive than when it condescends to be civil; whereas vanity, whenever it forgets itself, naturally assumes good-humor." - Richard Cumberland

"Pride works _from within_; it is the direct appreciation of oneself. Vanity is the desire to arrive at this appreciation indirectly, from without." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"A coxcomb is four-fifths affectation and one-fifth vanity." - Thomas Chandler Haliburton

"And yet, after all, what is posthumous fame? Altogether vanity." - Marcus Aurelius

"Both learned and unlearned young men seldom go to church, and in general do not attend to their spiritual education, looking upon it as unnecessary and giving themselves up to worldly vanity. Attention must be paid to this. It is the fruit of pride... They consider attendance at church and Divine service as the business of the common people and women, forgetting that, in the temple, Angels officiate with trembling, together with men, and regard this as their highest bliss." - John of Kronstadt

"Pride and weakness are Siamese twins." - James Russell Lowell

"Pride sings and dances; humility sighs." - Mason Cooley

"Pride and excess bring disaster for man." - Xunzi

"Pride can go without domestics, without fine clothes, can live in a house with two rooms, can eat potato, purslain, beans, lyed corn, can work on the soil, can travel afoot, can talk with poor men, or sit silent well contented with fine saloons. But vanity costs money, labor, horses, men, women, health and peace, and is still nothing at last; a long way leading nowhere.-Only one drawback; proud people are intolerably selfish, and the vain are gentle and giving." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The Jews could be put down very plausibly as the most unpleasant race ever heard of. As commonly encountered they lack any of the qualities that mark the civilized man: courage, dignity, incorruptibility, ease, confidence. They have vanity without pride, voluptuousness without taste, and learning without wisdom. Their fortitude, such as it is, is wasted upon puerile objects, and their charity is mainly a form of display." - H L Mencken

"I manage because I have to. Because I've no other way out. Because I've overcome the vanity and pride of being different, I've understood that they are a pitiful defense against being different. Because I've understood that the sun shines differently when something changes. The sun shines differently, but it will continue to shine, and jumping at it with a hoe isn't going to do anything." - Andrzej Sapkowski

"Vanity is a relative of Pride; Vanity is talkative, pride is silent. When Vanity and Pride get together, they could make monstrosities." - Samael Aun Weor

"Spiritual pride is the most dangerous and the most arrogant of all sorts of pride." - Samuel Richardson

"There is no pride on earth like the pride of intellect and science." - Roswell Dwight Hitchcock

"I should have been, I don't know, a con-man, a robber or a prostitute. But it was vanity that made me choose painting, vanity and chance." - Francis Bacon

"Scarcely have I ever heard or read the introductory phrase, I may say without vanity, but some striking and characteristic instance of vanity has immediately followed." - Benjamin Franklin

"Scarcely have I ever heard or read the introductory phrase, "I may say without vanity," but some striking and characteristic instance of vanity has immediately followed." - Benjamin Franklin

"Take away ambition and vanity, and where will be your heroes and patriots?" - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Take away ambition and vanity, and where will be your heroes and patriots?" - Seneca the Younger

"The object of geometry in all its measuring and computing, is to ascertain with exactness the plan of the great Geometer, to penetrate the veil of material forms, and disclose the thoughts which lie beneath them? When our researches are successful, and when a generous and heaven-eyed inspiration has elevated us above humanity, and raised us triumphantly into the very presence, as it were, of the divine intellect, how instantly and entirely are human pride and vanity repressed, and, by a single glance at the glories of the infinite mind, are we humbled to the dust." - Benjamin Peirce

"Vanity, shame, and above all disposition, often make men brave and women chaste." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Take from men ambition and vanity and you will have neither heroes nor patriots." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"I am a journalist and have no earthly motives except curiosity and personal vanity." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Vanity bids all her sons be brave, and all her daughters chaste and courteous." - Laurence Sterne

"I saw myself. . . in the time I watched, I saw strength and frailty, pride and vanity, courage and fear. Of wisdom, a little. Of folly much. Of intentions many good ones; but many more left undone. On this alas, I saw myself a man like any other. But this too I saw . . . Alike as men may seem, each is different as flakes of snow, no two the same.You told me you had no need to seek the Mirror, knowing you were Annlaw Clay-Shaper. Now I know who I am: myself and none other. I am Taran." - Lloyd Alexander

"Conceit is vanity driven from all other shifts, and forced to appeal to itself for admiration." - William Hazlitt

"... without health to enjoy love, and love to enjoy wealth, is not all vanity?" - Ellen Buckingham Mathews

"It is curious how vanity helps the successful man and wrecks the failure." - Oscar Wilde

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

"Vanity is illustrated in the cause and effect of love, as in the case of Cleopatra." - Blaise Pascal

"My vanity and narcissism will never let me go too far." - Jay Baruchel

"No noise, no care, no vanity, no strife; men, woods and fields, all breathe untroubled life." - James Thomson

"Vanity stands at my elbow in this while, and animates me by a thousand agreeable promises." - Mary Granville Pendarves Delany

"Love based upon money and vanity forms the most stubborn of passions." - Honore De Balzac

"The passion of vanity has its own depths in the spirit, and is powerfully militant." - Elizabeth Bowen

"Self restraint in speech, food, entertainment and vanity are the most essential fundamental of spiritual growth." - Nouman Ali Khan

"And that is enough to raise your thoughts to what may happen when the redeemed soul, beyond all hope and nearly beyond belief, learns at last that she has pleased Him whom she was created to please. There will be no room for vanity then. She will be free from the miserable illusion that it is her doing. With no taint of what we should now call self-approval she will most innocently rejoice in the thing that God has made her to be, and the moment which heals her old inferiority complex forever will also drown her pride... Perfect humility dispenses with modesty." - C S Lewis

"And could I look upon her without compassion, seeing her punishment in the ruin she was, in her profound unfitness for this earth on which she was placed, in the vanity of sorrow which had become a master mania, like the vanity of penitence, the vanity of remorse, the vanity of unworthiness, and other monstrous vanities that have been curses in this world?" - Charles Dickens

"And could I look upon her without compassion, seeing her punishment in the ruin she was, in her profound unfitness for this earth on which she was placed, in the vanity of sorrow which had become a master mania, like the vanity of penitence, the vanity of remorse, the vanity of unworthiness, and other monstrous vanities that have been curses in this world?" - Philip K Dick

"If there is a single quality that is shared by all great men, it is vanity. But I mean by vanity only that they appreciate their own worth. Without this kind of vanity they would not be great. And with vanity alone, of course, a man is nothing." - Yousuf Karsh

"... cats, so strong and gentle, the pride of the household..." - Charles Baudelaire

"Poverty and affliction take away the fuel that feeds pride." - Richard Sibbes

"Pride, the first peer and president of Hell." - Daniel Defoe

"Little learning and much pride come of hasty reading." - Charles Spurgeon

"Displaying riches and titles with pride brings about one's downfall." - Laozi

"Pride is competition-competition between God and Man." - Ezra Taft Benson

"Fear and realisation of ignorance, strong medicines against stupid pride." - Garth Nix

"silence is not weakness and decency is not pride" - Arthur Machen

"Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold." - Thomas Jefferson

"Masculine pride is an exceedingly precious and fragile thing" - Loretta Chase

"The light of the understanding, humility kindleth and pride covereth." - Francis Quarles

"Pride is both a virtue and a vice." - Theodore Parker

"Pride and conceit were the original sins of man." - Alain-Rene Lesage

"Misquotation is the pride and privilege of the learned." - Hesketh Pearson

"Pride is the parent of destruction; pride eats the mind and the heart and the soul alive." - Anne Rice

"Vanity prevents improvement" - Ali Ibn Abi Talib

"Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself" - Samuel Johnson

"He is purple - the gay-pride color, and his antenna is shaped like a triangle - the gay pride symbol." - Jerry Falwell

"The pride of youth is in strength and beauty, the pride of old age is in discretion." - Democritus

"Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself." - Samuel Johnson

"The pride of the heart is the attribute of honest men; pride of manners is that of fools; the pride of birth and rank is often the pride of dupes." - Charles Pinot Duclos

"All pride is willing pride." - William Shakespeare

"To what gods is sacrificed that rarest and sweetest thing upon earth, friendship? To vanity and to interest." - Guillaume-Chretien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes

"To what gods is sacrificed that rarest and sweetest thing upon earth, friendship? To vanity and to interest." - Chretien Guillaume Malesherbes

"Vanity is the foundation of the most ridiculous and contemptible vices - the vices of affectation and common lying." - Adam Smith

"Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us, and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage." - Agnes Repplier

"Greater mischief happens often from folly, meanness, and vanity than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition." - Edmund Burke

"Praise will lead you to vanity, and blame will lead you to self-pity, and both are bad for writers." - John Berryman

"Vanity is the poison of agreeableness; yet as poison, when artfully and properly applied, has a salutary effect in medicine, so has vanity in the commerce and society of the world." - Sir Fulke Greville

"Vanity is the poison of agreeableness; yet as poison, when artfully and properly applied, has a salutary effect in medicine, so has vanity in the commerce and society of the world." - Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke

"Without vanity a writer's work is tepid, and he must accept his vanity as part of his stock in trade and live with it as one of the hazards of his profession." - Moss Hart

"The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance." - Samuel Butler

"It is thus superstition infatuates man from his infancy, fills him with vanity, and enslaves him with fanaticism." - Baron d'Holbach

"Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives not by truth but by make-believe." - W Somerset Maugham

"We crave support in vanity, as we do in religion, and never forgive contradictions in that sphere." - George Santayana

"There's a way of filming where you can get rid of the vanity and of trying to make something beautiful." - Jean-Marc Vallee

"After I have said what is required by my vanity and my morality, I may find a moment for Truth." - Mason Cooley

"There's nothing like getting yourself into character and seeing a different person. It really wears on your vanity." - Elizabeth Moss

"When we see the bankruptcy, slavery, and vanity of everything else, we can finally say, 'To die is gain.'" - Matt Chandler

"Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory, and the truth of every passion wants some pretence to make it live." - Joseph Conrad

"The vanity of human life is like a river, constantly passing away, and yet constantly coming on." - Alexander Pope

"That was the source of my vanity and my cowardice: always I believed everyone was watching me." - Andre Dubus

"But I feel vanity is a part of art and the non-vain are really non-artistic." - Barry Webster

"Vanity is never at its full growth till it spreadeth into affectation, and then it is complete." - John Faucit Saville

"The fool of vanity; for her alone he lives, loves, writes, and dies but to be known." - George Canning

"Women and young men are very apt to tell what secrets they know from the vanity of having been intrusted." - Lord Chesterfield

"Whatever pretext we may give for our affections, often it is only interest and vanity which cause them." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"He knows which fighters to steal, how to exploit anyone's vice, vanity or insecurity and make a profit for himself." - Jack Newfield

"With men, as with women, the main struggle is between vanity and comfort; but with men, comfort often wins." - Mignon Mclaughlin

"Marriage is the operation by which a woman's vanity and a man's egotism are extracted without an anaesthetic." - Helen Rowland

"It is vanity to desire a long life and to take no heed of a good life." - Thomas A Kempis

"One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The nicest gifts are those left, nameless and quiet, unburdened with love, or vanity, or the desire for attention." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"Every man's vanity ought to be his greatest shame; and every man's folly ought to be his greatest secret." - Francis Quarles

"What is the vanity of the vainest man compared with the vanity which the most modest possesses when, in the midst of nature and the world, he feels himself to be man!" - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Vanity Fair' caught me at a very exciting time in my life filled with night clubs, international fashion shows, celebrities and lots of cash to go around. Sometimes things just fall into place. 'Vanity Fair' was one of those things." - Jeremy Jackson

"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

"Pride indemnifies itself and loses nothing even when it casts away vanity." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Pride and Vanity have built more Hospitals than all the Virtues together." - Bernard Mandeville

"Pride and vanity have built more hospitals than all the virtues together," - Bernard De Mandeville

"Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay." - Francois De La Rochefouca

"Trace Science, then, with Modesty thy guide, First strip off all her equipage of Pride, Deduct what is but Vanity or Dress, Or Learning's Luxury or idleness, Or tricks, to show the stretch of the human brain Mere curious pleasure or ingenious pain." - Alexander Pope

"'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they shall see God' suggested to me a heavenly welfare program for the meek. Today that saying reveals an astute insight into egotism, about how those with swollen pride or vanity cannot see anything larger than themselves." - Huston Smith



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