Vanity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old vanity quotes, vanity sayings, and vanity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A big tree attracts the gale. Chinese (on pride)
All that glitters is not gold. Latin Proverb
Clean your finger before you point at my spots. Benjamin Franklin
Clothes don't make the man. unknown
Clouds that thunder, do not always rain. Armenian (on vanity and arrogance)
Empty vessels make the most sound. John Lydgate
Every ass loves to hear himself bray. English (on vanity and arrogance)
His bark is worse than his bite. George Herbert
If someone gives you advice, it is in his own interest. Tunisian Proverb
It is better to enjoy the cool breeze of others waving your flag, than to suffer the sweat of doing it yourself. L.D. Seese
It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. Chinese Proverb
No one can make us feel inferior without our consent. Eleanor Roosevelt
Nobody's perfect. unknown
The cat would eat fish but would not get her feet wet. Chaucer
The drum makes a great fuss because it is empty. Trinidadian (on vanity and arrogance)
The fly on the water buffalo's back thinks he is taller than the water buffalo. Tagalog (Filipino)(on vanity and arrogance)
The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Vanity blossoms but bares no fruit. Nepalese (on vanity and arrogance)
Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself. Franklin D. Roosevelt
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
There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass. William Shakespeare
They say that hens do cackle loudest when there is nothing vital in the eggs they have laid. Ambrose Bierce
Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity. Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine
We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for. Marie Ebner-Eschenbach
There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it. Mark Twain
Vanity is often the unseen spur. William Makepeace Thackeray
There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth. Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Vanity is so secure in the heart of man that everyone wants to be admired - even I who write this, and you who read this. Blaise Pascal
Vanity is the quicksand of reason. George Sand
Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory. Joseph Conrad