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Vanity Fair Magazine Quotes


"I think that magazines like Vanity Fair are still operating under the old rules, and that if you come to work for a magazine like Vanity Fair, even today, you're certainly expected to treat people like Peggy Siegal very deferentially." - Toby Young

"All is vanity, nothing is fair." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"Vanity is great motivation, to be fair." - Matthew Mcconaughey

"Vanity Fair magazine reports that former President Clinton and Al Gore haven't spoken to each other since George W. Bush's inauguration. Not only that, Bill and his wife, Hillary, haven't spoken since Richard Nixon's inauguration." - Conan O'Brien

"They said this is Vanity Fair, and I said, Oh, I already take the magazine. They said Annie Leibovitz wants to take your picture and I thought, How nice!" - Shirley Knight

"We really care about photography at Vanity Fair." - Graydon Carter

"We really care about photography at 'Vanity Fair.'" - Graydon Carter

"Fair play is a jewel." - Walter Scott

"Speak me fair in death." - William Shakespeare

"it in every fair face, every fair sky, every fair flower." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It beareth the name of Vanity Fair, because the town where 't is kept is lighter than vanity." - John Bunyan

"It beareth the name of Vanity-Fair, because the town where 'tis kept, is lighter than vanity." - John Bunyan

"All's fair in love and war." - Francis Edward Smedley

"Nobody ever said life was fair." - Lauren Oliver

"I gave them a fair warning" - George W Bush

"A fair exterior is a silent recommendation." - Publilius Syrus

"All workers want is a fair shake." - James P Hoffa

"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

"'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

"Vanity Fair is a very vain, wicked, foolish place, full of all sorts of humbugs and falsenesses and pretensions." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"The happy story right now is the full page in Vanity Fair, which gives me a great deal of exposure." - Jackie Deshannon

"For my type of story and my kind of writing, I think 'Vanity Fair' is the right forum." - Dominick Dunne

"Life is' fair. It never will be. Quit trying to make it fair. You do' need it to be fair. Go make life unfair to your advantages." - Robert Kiyosaki

"Too fair to worship, too divine to love." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"How fair the realm Imagination opens to the view," - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"Success does' count unless you earn it fair and square." - Michelle Obama

"Has' anyone ever told you? Life is' fair." - Stephenie Meyer

"Life is not fair get used to used to it" - Bill Gates

"All's fair in love and war - and coffee." - Pam Brady

"That foreign trade should be fair rather than free." - Lyn Nofziger

"The wisdom is your glory. By wisdom you will be fair to yourself and fair to others." - Nirmala Srivastava

"What men of science want is only a fair day's wages for more than a fair day's work." - Thomas Huxley

"A fair face without a fair soul is like a glass eye that shines and sees nothing." - John Stuart Blackie

"Life is' fair. Fair is somewhere you go to ride the dodgems and win a goldfish. (from Rush of Blood)" - Mark Billingham

"I'm not trying to live a social media life or a life to just be in a magazine." - Tika Sumpter

"From time to time, just about every Vanity Fair writer has a chance to sell rights to an article or a book to Hollywood." - Bryan Burrough

"My parents put the New Yorker in my crib. I saw Vogue and Vanity Fair around the house before I could read." - Richard Avedon

"The greatest thing that prepared me for editing 'Vanity Fair' was having four kids because you just learn to subjugate your ego with the greater interest in mind." - Graydon Carter

"Michael Lewis, author of 'Moneyball,' got special access for a profile of Obama for 'Vanity Fair' - but Obama insisted on redlining his quotes." - Ben Shapiro

"I'm not sure if guys are supposed to read Vanity Fair. I feel very metrosexual with it but am not sure it's in my comfort zone." - Mohsin Hamid

"From time to time, just about every 'Vanity Fair' writer has a chance to sell rights to an article or a book to Hollywood." - Bryan Burrough

"Now, being on the cover of Vanity Fair is as important as being in great movies. The lines are very, very blurred." - Jason Patric

"I have a 10 year old at home, and she is always saying, 'That's not fair.' When she says that, I say, "Honey, you're cute; that's not fair. Your family is pretty well off; that's not fair. You were born in America; that's not fair. Honey, you had better pray to God that things don't start getting fair for you." - P. J. O'Rourke

"Never lose an opportunity to see anything that is beautiful. It is God's handwriting a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, every fair sky, every fair flower." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Show me a mistress that is passing fair, what doth her beauty serve but as a note where I may read who pass'd that passing fair?" - William Shakespeare

"Any man who talks about his love affairs thereby proves he is ignorant of love and is moved only by vanity." - Stendhal

"Men have had the vanity to pretend that the whole creation was made for them, while in reality the whole creation does not suspect their existence." - Camille Flammarion

"Aurora now, fair daughter of the dawn, Sprinkled with rosy light the dewy lawn." - Alexander Pope

"A well-grounded assurance is always attended with three fair handmaids: love, humility and holy joy." - Thomas Brooks

"Everyone should remember being born. It doesn't seem fair that we only remember dying." - Lauren Destefano

"Do not complain of life's unfairness. It is never fair - at best it is impartial." - David Gemmell

"Hey, you've got the girl, I've got the picture. That's fair, right?" - La Weatherly

"This was not judgment day - only morning. Morning: excellent and fair." - William Styron

"Though one were fair as roses His beauty clouds and closes." - Algernon Charles Swinburne

"Organized labor is the only way to have fair distribution of wealth." - Dolores Huerta

"It's so obvious The Weather Channel is pro hurricane. Fair and balanced my ass." - Jim Gaffigan

"I will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores." - Donald Trump

"We're not fair weather friends. We've been in places for a long, long time." - Jamie Dimon

"Publishing requires a lot of persistence and a fair amount of luck." - Liza Campbell

"One should always play fair when one has the winning cards." - Oscar Wilde

"Sweet little flower of heavenly birth You were too fair to bloom on earth." - Anonymous

"They are fair resting-places for the dear weary dead on their way up to heaven." - Joaquin Miller

"Never fight fair with a stranger, boy. You'll never get out of the jungle that way." - Arthur Miller

"There's never going to be a system that is fair to everyone." - Shannon Miller

"Man, I don't got any real fans. Just fair-weather ones and groupies." - Diplo

"I admire people who are, by nature, kind and fair to others." - Sidney Sheldon

"I prefer more spicy food to your Italian to be fair." - Peter Shilton

"I think it's fair to say I'm attracted to playing characters who are rather intense." - Mandy Patinkin

"There's no better friend to any merchant than a fair competitor." - James Cash Penney

"Life isn't easy, life isn't fair, when you get your chance, make sure you take it." - Tyron Woodley

"My father loved biographies. He loved the true tales of interesting people that were shaping our culture. I get why he dug Vanity Fair. You feel smarter, somehow, for reading it." - Abigail Spencer

"Vanity Fair has but two major articles in its editorial creed: first, to believe in the progress and promise of American life, and, second, to chronicle that progress cheerfully, truthfully, and entertainingly." - Frank Crowninshield

"Vanitas vanitatum has rung in the ears Of gentle and simple for thousands of years; The wail still is heard, yet its notes never scare Either simple or gentle from Vanity Fair." - Frederick Locker-Lampson

"I'm not invited to the Vanity Fair dinner where they watch the Oscars - or even the Oscars themselves - so I sit at home and watch it with a bunch of close friends." - Brett Ratner

"I have this theory that people in Hollywood don't read. They read 'Vanity Fair' and then consider themselves terribly well read. I think I can basically write about anybody without getting caught." - Jackie Collins

"But here is the single greatest thing about the 'Vanity Fair' party: There are uniformed In-N-Out Burger employees circulating the room with trays of cheeseburgers all night long." - Diablo Cody

"Vanitas vanitatum has rung in the ears Of gentle and simple for thousands of years; The wail still is heard, yet its notes never scare Either simple or gentle from Vanity Fair." - Frederick Locker-Lampson

"By the time I was successful with covers of 'Vogue' and 'Harper's Bazaar' and 'Vanity Fair' and the Lancome contract, someone asked how old I was. They almost fainted when I said 33." - Isabella Rossellini

"My father loved biographies. He loved the true tales of interesting people that were shaping our culture. I get why he dug 'Vanity Fair.' You feel smarter, somehow, for reading it." - Abigail Spencer

"There's usually one piece in 'Vanity Fair' every month that grabs me, but when it presents hatchet jobs without substantiation to impress its liberal friends, I laugh first, then toss." - Dan Jenkins

"Everybody in Vanity Fair must have remarked how well those live who are comfortably and thoroughly in debt; how they deny themselves nothing; how jolly and easy they are in their minds." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"I remember there was a turning point. I think it came right after 'Forrest Gump' when I turned down the cover of 'Vanity Fair.' That was blasphemy. You just don't do that. And I remember after that not getting a couple of movies that I really wanted to do. And I was told, 'Well you know, if you had done 'Vanity Fair,' it might have been different.'" - Robin Wright

"Vanity of vanities, all is vanity." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"O young and fresh folk, he or she, In which that love up-growth with your age, Repair home from worldly vanity, And of your heart up-caste the visage To that God that after his image You made, and think all is but a fair, This world, that pass soon as flowers fair." - Geoffrey Chaucer

"Vanity prevents improvement" - Ali Ibn Abi Talib

"Vanity: my favorite sin." - Al Pacino

"Stupidity talks, vanity acts." - Victor Hugo

"The common problem, yours, mine, everyone's Is ? not to fancy what were fair in life Provided it could be ? but, finding first What may be, then find how to make it fair Up to our means." - Robert Browning

"The second trial was a fair trial. I do not call it a second trial. I call it a fair trial, as opposed to the first trial, which was an unfair trial, a Roman holiday." - Sam Sheppard

"If you must love your neighbor as yourself, it is at least as fair to love yourself as your neighbor." - Nicolas Chamfort

"Dancing up the full moon Round some fair new altar Trample the soft blossoms of fine grass." - Sappho

"Every man should have a fair-sized cemetary in which to bury the faults of his friends." - Henry Adams

"Theory states that Allahs law is cruel and unfair, but Allah himself has said that his law is indeed fair." - Hassanal Bolkiah

"A plate of apples, an open fire, and a jolly good book are a fair substitute for heaven." - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"But you were something more than young and sweet And fair, - and the long year remembers you." - Edna St Vincent Millay

"For a laggard in love, and a dastard in war, Was to wed the fair Ellen of Lochinvar." - Walter Scott

"If you find an Australian indoors, it's a fair bet that he will have a glass in his hand." - Jonathan Aitken

"As Australians, we must not leave our children worse off. That's not fair. That is not our way." - Joe Hockey

"If gay marriage is a real thing, gay infertility must be a real thing. It's not fair. I mean, it wasn't fair they couldn't get married, and now it's not fair that they can't have babies, even though they're not infertile, that doesn't matter. And so there must be access to infertility insurance for married gay couples, if our culture and if our society is to be fair and equal for one and all, and it is coming, and don't laugh about it." - Rush Limbaugh

"Those that she makes fair she scarce makes honest; and those that she makes honest she makes very ill-favouredly." - William Shakespeare

"I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, Who art as black as hell, as dark as night." - William Shakespeare

"Life is not fair, nor has it ever been, but the morning seems determined to dawn until it is." - Robert Brault

"Awake, thou wintry earth - Fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth Your ancient gladness! Christ is risen." - Thomas Blackburn

"Forcing smoke down my lungs is pulmonary rape. It invades my body against my will, and it's not fair." - Patty Young

"Times go by turns, and chances change by course, from foul to fair, from better hap to worse." - Robert Southwell

"The mouse is a fair treat but this one would talk the hind legs off a donkey." - C S Lewis

"I think it's fair to say that the Nobel Prize is the highest honor any scientist or artist can achieve." - John Okeefe

"I do have a few little tattoos, but they were mostly done to cover scars because I'm so fair." - Dolly Parton

"It's fair to say average Americans think that the average Afghan doesn't want American troops in their country." - Ashraf Ghani

"Hardboiled crime fiction came of age in Black Mask magazine during the Twenties and Thirties. Writers like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler learnt their craft and developed a distinct literary style and attitude toward the modern world." - Charles Frazier

"Women's soccer is not heavily publicized, so when you have an opportunity to be in a big magazine that publicity can be good. It definitely helpes as far as awareness about women's soccer." - Heather Mitts

"Governor Gray Davis has asked the California state Supreme Court to delay the October recall vote because he says that's not enough time to put on a fair election. Hey, let me tell you something. If we didn't need a fair election to pick the president of the United States, we don't need a fair election to pick the governor of California." - Jay Leno

"Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share they have of it themselves; but I give it fair quarter, wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of good to the possessor, and to others who are within his sphere of action: and therefore, in many cases, it would not be altogether absurd if a man were to thank God for his vanity among the other comforts of life." - Benjamin Franklin

"They sin who tell us Love can die: With life all other passions fly, All others are but vanity, In Heaven Ambition cannot dwell, Nor Avarice in the vaults of Hell." - Robert Southey

"The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast; ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venal love of fame, are all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace" - James Madison

"It is a time when one's spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death." - Mark Twain

"I'd known the people at Rolling Stone for a while. I'd gone to them with a piece I'd done on Beirut for Vanity Fair that Vanity Fair didn't want to publish, because they said I was making fun of death... This was Tina Brown.But they paid me for it. So I've got this big chunk of a piece, and Rolling Stone liked it, but they thought it was a little dated. But then they called me back and asked me to do a similar piece about the Turks and Caicos Islands, where the whole government had been arrested for dope smuggling. That was fun." - P. J. O'Rourke

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

"Vanity well fed is benevolent. Vanity hungry is spiteful." - Mason Cooley

"Healthy vanity sweeps through life. Sickly vanity lies in bed." - Mason Cooley

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

"Theres nothing so unattractive as vanity... particularly male vanity." - Rafe Spall

"Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; all is vanity." - Bible

"Vanity. What's wrong with vanity? It doesn't satisfy." - Joseph Heller

"There's nothing so unattractive as vanity... particularly male vanity." - Rafe Spall

"Quomondo sedet sola civitas. Vanity of vanities, all is vanity." - Evelyn Waugh

"Ambition is only vanity ennobled." - Jerome K Jerome

"Vanity often produces unreasonable alarm." - Ann Radcliffe

"Purpose without virtue is vanity." - Fernando Torres

"O vanity, mislead no more!" - Louisa May Alcott

"Vanity, thy name is vampire." - Jim Butcher

"Honor is decency without vanity." - Arthur Koestler

"Religion is the highest vanity." - Christian Friedrich Hebbel

"Vanity is my favourite sin." - Al Pacino

"Vanity is but the surface." - Blaise Pascal

"I should have more vanity." - Amy Brenneman

"I've learned: When you get older, who cares? I don't mince words, I don't hold back. What are you gonna do to me? Fire me? It's been done. Threaten to commit suicide? Done. Take away my show? Done! Not invite to me to the Vanity Fair party? I've never been invited! If I ever saw the invitation, I'd use it as toilet paper." - Joan Rivers

"After the war in Afghanistan, Anna [Wintour, editor of Vogue], deciding to save the world one hair-roller at a time, thought the best way to help the women in this beleaguered country was to start a small beauty school in Kabul, where aid workers could get their roots done. Vanity Fair, edited by Bush-basher Graydon Carter, cheered her great humanitarian effort." - Myrna Blyth

"Could the best and kindest of us who depart from the earth have an opportunity of revisiting it, I suppose he or she (assuming that any Vanity Fair feelings subsist in the sphere whither we are bound) would have a pang of mortification at finding how soon our survivors were consoled." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"I majored in English in college and that was my major in graduate school before switching to creative writing. I read a lot of [Charles] Dickens and [Anthony ] Trollope, but there was lots of stuff I hadn't read like Thackeray's "Vanity Fair," which is so well written and funny." - Stephen Dobyns

"In 1998, Vanity Fair asked me to write a big piece for them on the 50th anniversary of the New York City Ballet. My life, to a great extent, had been spent at and with the New York City Ballet, and I decided to try it. It was very scary, writing about something I loved so much and had such strong opinions about." - Robert Gottlieb

"We did a 'Vanity Fair' spread for 'The Hunger Games,' and we were on set, and I saw a little head pop up from the tree. There were three teenage girls who snuck past security and made it into the forest." - Alexander Ludwig

"Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance. In this great balance of utility, the spiritual service of art has no weight, and, deprived of all encouragement, it vanishes from the noisy Vanity Fair of our time." - Friedrich Schiller

"'Vanity Fair' did this grid thing a couple years ago, connecting people who've worked together, and I had the most branches on it or whatever, because I'd worked with so-and-so and so-and-so worked with so-and-so, and I was kind of in the middle." - Bill Hader

"I don't read a lot of magazines, but when I'm traveling, I'll pick up a copy of 'Vanity Fair' to read on the plane - it's like a full meal! The articles are so good, especially the crime stories. Browsing the Web is more like snacking - but I live on snacks." - Sam Trammell

"I've loved 'Vanity Fair' since I was 16 years old. You know, we're all colonial hangovers in India, steeped in English literature. It is one of these novels that I read under the covers at my convent boarding school in Simla." - Mira Nair

"It's pretty crazy. I was thinking about that today, how 'True Blood' has penetrated so much of the cultural zeitgeist. It's truly amazing; it's incredible! The cover of 'Rolling Stone' is major. What's next, the cover of 'Vanity Fair?' When I'm in a 'New Yorker' cartoon, then I will feel like I have made it." - Denis Ohare

"The President of the United States again, whether you guys like the guy, you dislike the guy, he's the smartest person that I've ever worked for. So let Vanity Fair write about that, I honestly don't care. He has intuition, he has judgement and he has a temperament in a way that I have never seen." - Anthony Scaramucci

"Sooner or later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We give our intent to love and meekness, by the working of mercy and grace we are made all fair and clean." - Julian of Norwich



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