The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.

Henri Bergson

I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.

Diana Vreeland

Vanity, like murder, will out.

Hannah Cowley

Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it make us vain, in fact, of our modesty.

Louis Kronenberger

There is no restraining men's tongues or pens when charged with a little vanity.

George Washington

When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.

Dale Carnegie

If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficient reason for living.

Leo Tolstoy

In the stress of modern life, how little room is left for that most comfortable vanity that whispers in our ears that failures are not faults! Now we are taught from infancy that we must rise or fall upon our own merits; that vigilance wins success, and incapacity means ruin.

Agnes Repplier

Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase. I can with ease become an ordinary fool. I may be one now. But it doesn't do to upset one's own vanity.

Dylan Thomas

The general cry is against ingratitude, but the complaint is misplaced, it should be against vanity; none but direct villains are capable of willful ingratitude; but almost everybody is capable of thinking he hath done more that another deserves, while the other thinks he hath received less than he deserves.

Alexander Pope

Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.

Abraham Cowley

Sometimes when you look back on a situation, you realize it wasn't all you thought it was. A beautiful girl walked into your life. You fell in love. Or did you? Maybe it was only a childish infatuation, or maybe just a brief moment of vanity.

Henry Bromel

There is a certain class of people who prefer to say that their fathers came down in the world through their own follies than to boast that they rose in the world through their own industry and talents. It is the same shabby-genteel sentiment, the same vanity of birth which makes men prefer to believe that they are degenerated angels rather than elevated apes.

W. Winwood Reade

Religion is the highest vanity.


The man of life upright,/ Whose guiltless heart is free/ From all dishonest deeds/ Or thought of vanity.

Thomas Campion

Vanity is my favourite sin.

Al Pacino

No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.

Samuel Johnson

But pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty.

George Eliot

Daily and hourly, the politician inwardly has to overcome a quite trivial and all-too-human enemy: a quite vulgar vanity.

Max Weber

Judging by the vanity plates in California - 'Saving More,' 'Low Mileage' - hybrid is a badge of honor that people want to wear. Hydrogen is the path to the future. But, on the way to hydrogen, hybrid is an alternative.

John Mendel

The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity.

Thomas Carlyle

VALOR, n. A soldierly compound of vanity, duty and the gambler's hope. 'Why have you halted?' roared the commander of a division and Chickamauga, who had ordered a charge; 'move forward, sir, at once.' 'General,' said the commander of the delinquent brigade, 'I am persuaded that any further display of valor by my troops will bring them into collision with the enemy.'

Ambrose Bierce

The study of the history of music and the hearing of masterworks of different epochs will quickly cure you of vanity and self-adoration.

Robert A. Schumann

I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. Be kind.

Richard Greenberg

This was definitely not a vanity project. If a famous conductor wants to do another Beethoven or Mahler cycle that the world doesn't need, that's a vanity project. But a young composer who writes good music, that's not a vanity project.

Klaus Heymann

All is vanity, and discovering it - the greatest vanity.

John Oliver Hobbes

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

T. E. Lawrence

Vanity makes us do more things against inclination than reason.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

We are trying to make things as pleasant as we can. We got a roof on so it doesn't leak anymore. We are ripping up and replacing damaged floor in the utility room. We will do a little kitchen work putting in a new kitchen counter and sink. We will put a new vanity in the bath, and I think that will run our budget out. We will come back and do the outside work during the week.

Wayne Burnette

When a young woman grows oldher vanity turns to shame.

Gaelic Proverb

It takes, truly, a lack of vanity and just being able to take some risks and being OK with looking like a fool, which I am very OK with now.

Anna Faris

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.

Logan Pearsall Smith

Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again - this is the brave and happy life.

J. E. Buchrose

Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

This is not a vanity operation, it's a high-risk operation. This at least allows people who are considering this surgery to go in a little bit more with their eyes open.

David R. Flum

There are many reasons for keeping a diary: to make a note of facts that one considers important; to open one's heart, to give vent to one's feelings, to make confessions; from the instinct of economy which sometimes encourages a writer to make good use of even the smallest crumbs of his life, so that he may have one more book to publish; or again from vanity and self-satisfaction.

Alberto Moravia

Discourtesy does not spring merely from one bad quality, but from several--from foolish vanity, from ignorance of what is due to others, from indolence, from stupidity, from distraction of thought, from contempt of others, from jealousy.

Jean De La Bruyere

I think that speaks to the validity of the Vanity Fair report.

Brad Hahn

VANITY, n. The tribute of a fool to the worth of the nearest ass. They say that hens do cackle loudest when There's nothing vital in the eggs they've laid; And there are hens, professing to have made A study of mankind, who say that men Whose business 'tis to drive the tongue or pen Make the most clamorous fanfaronade O'er their most worthless work; and .

Ambrose Bierce

If there is a single quality that is shared by all great men, it is vanity.

Yousuf Karsh

Things said or done long years ago,Or things I did not do or sayBut thought that I might say or do,Weigh me down, and not a dayBut something is recalled,My conscience or my vanity appalled.

William Butler Yeats

Oh wearisome condition of humanity! / Born under one law, to another bound: / Vainly begot, and yet forbidden vanity; / Created sick, commanded to be sound.

Richard Fulke Greville

They believe every poker team or pizza parlor would have a political party, but that's not so. Who's going to go through the trouble in the name of vanity?

Michael Wolf

I have always found that angels have the vanity to speak of themselves as the only wise.

William Blake

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

Ronald Duncan

Those who live on vanity must, not unreasonably, expect to die of mortification.

Alice Thomas Ellis

The vanity of loving fine clothes and new fashion, and placing value on ourselves by them is one of the most childish pieces of folly.

Matthew Hale

It's embarrassing to admit that I'm worried about how I look when so many people have died. But it's not vanity. It's our weapon against all this, ... I just need to feel normal, and this helps, silly as it might seem.

Mary Jane

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


It is not primarily the sex/booze/drugs that surround this event, as problematic as they might be; it is rather the flaunting of affluence, assuming exaggerated expenses, a pursuit of vanity for vanity's sake - in a word, financial decadence.

Brother Kenneth M. Hoagland

A terrible vanity, really, but as you get older...

Simon Schama

There was no end to his vanity.

David Lange

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

It's not vanity to know your own good points. It would just be stupidity if you didn't; It's only vanity when you get puffed up about them.

L. M. Montgomery

What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, of uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.

Charles Victor Cherbuliez

Magnanimous people have no vanity, they have no jealousy, and they feed on the true and the solid wherever they find it. And, what is more, they find it everywhere.

Van Wyck Brooks

We regard it here as reliable. It always has an edge, but it's backed up with facts, and this is another example. I asked O'Connor today why he went to Vanity Fair , and he said he wanted somebody that was credible with a good reputation and would maybe push it a little bit. He said he found that in Vanity Fair .

Brian Ross

His brutish explosions of anger, his displays of vanity on stage were seen by pretentious and unpretentious reviewers alike as having an immediacy new to the theater.

Harold Brodkey

They are technology freaks and not the kind of guys who seek publicity, but a Vanity Fair shoot in Cannes gives them a broader appeal. We drink beer in the Electric and play pool at the Elbow Room.

Niklas Zennstrom

All is vanity and vexation of spirit.


Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense.

Julian Casablancas

The whole business is built on ego, vanity, self-satisfaction, and it's total crap to pretend it's not.

George Michael

For all its vanity about its own courage, the film is afraid of itself. It is soaked in the sweat of its idea of even-handedness. The death of innocents was an Israeli mistake but a Palestinian objective.

Leon Wieseltier

Pampered vanity is a better thing perhaps than starved pride.

Joanna Baillie

It is better in some respects to be admired by those with whom you live, than to be loved by them. And this is not on account of any gratification of vanity, but because admiration is so much more tolerant than love.

Sir Arthur Helps

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously.... Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.

Jane Austen

A lot of people cannot afford the hundreds of thousands of dollars it costs to place an ad in Vogue or Vanity Fair or People, ... So how else can a young company create a buzz about a product? Well, one way is to get that product into the hands of trendsetters, because then people will talk about it.

Rick Meyer

When you're 50 you start thinking about things you haven't thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity - but actually it's about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.

Eugene O'neill

Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood / we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we.

Jean Rostand

The vanity of men, a constant insult to women, is also the ground for the implicit feminine claim of superior sensitivity and morality.

Patricia Meyer Spacks

Vanity is a vital aid to nature: completely and absolutely necessary to life. It is one of nature's ways to bind you to the earth.

Elizabeth Smart