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.

Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it make us vain, in fact, of our modesty. Louis Kronenberger
What makes the vanity of others insupportable is that it wounds our own. Francois de la Rochefoucauld
One of the troubles about vanity is that it grows with what it feeds on. The more you are talked about, the more you will wish to be talked about. Bertrand Russell
We think we are being interesting to others when we are being interesting to ourselves. Jack Gardner
The vanity of others runs counter to our taste only when it runs counter to our vanity. Friedrich Nietzsche
Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense. Julian Casablancas
I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round. Muhammad Ali
It is naturally given to all men to esteem their own inventions best. Thomas More
We say little if not egged on by vanity. Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
It is difficult to esteem a man as highly as he would wish. Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all. Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers. Francois de la Rochefoucauld
No man thinks there is much ado about nothing when the ado is about himself. Anthony Trollope
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. Yousef Karsh
It is very queer, but not the less true, that people are generally quite as vain, or even more so, of their deficiencies than of their available gifts. Nathaniel Hawthorne
Mirrors are dangerous things. They can just as easily tell us what we don't like as what we do. Yet in truth you can't tell anything from a reflection, as a reflection is actually empty. Susie Staplehurst
Vanity is a weakness. I know this. It's a shallow dependence on the exterior self, on how one looks instead of what one is. Dennis Lehane
There are two kinds of people in this world: people who want to be desired, and people who want to be desired so much that they pretend they don't. Rabih Alameddine
Pride makes us esteem ourselves; vanity makes us desire the esteem of others. Hugh Blair
However anxious one is to reach one's goal, one can excuse delays on the route when these are caused by ovations. Alexandre Dumas
Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast. William Wordsworth
My strict hand / Was made to cease on vice, and with a gripe / Squeeze out the humour of such spongy souls, / As lick up every idle vanity. William Wordsworth
Nothing is more foolish than a security built upon the world and its promises, for they are all vanity and a lie. Matthew Henry
At all times but especially now, it is pertinent to say, 'Vanity of vanities, all is vanity'. St. John Chrysostom
Most of us would be far enough from vanity if we heard all the things that are said of us. Joseph Rickaby
Vain thoughts defile the heart as well as vile thoughts. William Secker
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity, and quicken thou me in thy way. Psalm 119:37
All is vanity. All go unto one place; all are of the dust and all turn to dust again. Ecclesiaster 3:19-20
We know nothing vainer than the minds of men. John Calvin
Do not concern yourself with anxiety for the show of a great name. Thomas a Kempis