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.

Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief. Jane Austen
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
It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. Jane Austen
To come with a well-informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid. Jane Austen
Vanity while seeking its own guilty triumph at the expense of another, had involved him in a real attachment, which extravagance, or at least its offspring, necessity, had required to be sacrificed. Pride and Prejudice
Is there a vanity greater than the vanity of those who believe themselves without it? Amanda Cross
Those who live on vanity must, not unreasonably, expect to die of mortification. Anne Ellis
I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty...but I am too busy thinking about myself. Edith Sitwell
The inner vanity is generally in proportion to the outer self-deprecation. Edith Wharton
Vanity, like murder, will out. Hannah Cowley
The sin of pride may be a small or a great thing in someone's life, and hurt vanity a passing pinprick, or a self-destroying or even murderous obsession. Iris Murdoch
Wounded vanity knows when it is mortally hurt; and limps off the field, piteous, all disguises thrown away. But pride carries its banner to the last; and fast as it is driven from one field unfurls it in another. Helen Hunt Jackson
Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We, women, have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man's last romance. Oscar Wilde
One of the things that I have almost most wondered at is, that there should be any such thing as human vanity. If I had any, I had enough to mortify it a few days ago, for I lost my mind for a whole day. Alexander Pope
Foolish people follow after vanity. Wise people guard vigilance as their greatest treasure. Gautama Buddha
Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity; for vanity shall be his recompense. Job 15:31
Success is always short-lived, so boastfulness is empty vanity. Chinese Proverb
To boast of a performance which I cannot beat is merely stupid vanity. And if I can beat it that means there is nothing special about it. Emil Zatopek
How soon may our fairest prospects be leveled with the dust and show us that man in his best estate is but vanity and dust? Abigail Adams
What female mind—young, beautiful, rich,—must she not be more than woman if vanity was not the predominate passion? Abigail Adams