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The Best Quotes About Vanity 

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Updated June 14, 2019 181 votes 95 voters 20.7k views 19 items

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A list of the best vanity quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous vanity quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic vanity quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational vanity quotes from that same writer.

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Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others. Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you. Miguel de Unamuno
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There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it. Mark Twain
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Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity. Sophie Swetchine
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Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself. Franklin D. Roosevelt
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What makes vanity so insufferable to us, is that it hurts our own. Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld
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There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
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The common practice of keeping up appearances with society is a mere selfish struggle of the vain with the vain. John Ruskin
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There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass. William Shakespeare
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To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself. Max Beerbohm
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The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity. Miguel de Cervantes
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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
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Man that is of woman born is apt to be as vain has his mother. Robert Frost
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They say that hens do cackle loudest when there is nothing vital in the eggs they have laid. Ambrose Bierce
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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
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Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return. George Eliot
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Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride. Jonathan Swift
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Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge. Iris Murdoch
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A narcissist is someone better looking than you are. Gore Vidal
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"Volunteer for what?" Janet Morris, Chris Morris