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Looking at yourself in a mirror isn't exactly a study of life.

Author: Lauren Bacall (1924)

Profession: American Actress

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.

Author: Sir Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)

Profession: British Actor

They say that hens do cackle loudest when there is nothing vital in the eggs they have laid.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.

Author: Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.

Author: Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616)

Profession: Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet

Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

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.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

Man that is of woman born is apt to be as vain has his mother.

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

The vanity of loving fine clothes and new fashion, and placing value on ourselves by them is one of the most childish pieces of folly.

Author: Sir Matthew Hale (1609-1676)

Profession: British Judge

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.

Author: Yousef Karsh


What makes vanity so insufferable to us, is that it hurts our own.

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer

Throughout the centuries, man has considered himself beautiful. I rather suppose that man only believes in his own beauty out of pride; that he is not really beautiful and he suspects this himself; for why does he look on the face of his fellow-man with such scorn?

Author: Isidore Ducasse, Comte De Lautreamont (1846-1870)

Profession: French Author, Poet

Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.

Author: Iris Murdoch (1919)

Profession: British Novelist, Philosopher

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''!

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself.

Author: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

Profession: Thirty-second President of the USA