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.      


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.      


The cat would eat fish but would not get her feet wet.      


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