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  • Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.
    * Jane Austin


  • I scarce ever heard or saw the introductory words, "Without vanity I may say," etc., but some vain thing immediately followed.
    * Benjamin Franklin


  • Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.
    * Conrad Joseph


  • Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it makes us vain, in fact, of our modesty.
    * Louis Kronenberger


  • Mirrors are ice which do not melt: what melts are those who admire themselves in them.
    * Paul Morand


  • A woman doesn't care if she hasn't a stomach, provided she looks as if she hasn't.
    * Flann O'Brien


  • To be a man's own fool is bad enough, but the vain man is everybody's.
    * William Penn


  • Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.
    * Robert Louis Stevenson


  • Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase. I can with ease become an ordinary fool. I may be one now. But it doesn't do to upset one's own vanity.
    * Dylan Thomas


  • No man thinks there is much ado about nothing when the ado is about himself.
    * Anthony Trollope