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It was prettily devised of Aesop that the fly sat upon the axletree of the chariot-wheel, and said, What a dust do I raise! So are there some vain persons that, whatsoever goeth alone or moveth upon greater means, if they have never so little hand in it, they think it is they that carry it.

Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.

Light vanity, insatiate cormorant, consuming means soon preys upon itself.

Never expect justice from a vain man; if he has the negative magnanimity not to disparage you, it is the most you can expect.

Nothing is so credulous as vanity, or so ignorant of what becomes itself.

O Vanity, how little is thy force acknowledged, or thy operations discerned! How wantonly dost thou deceive mankind, under different disguises! - Sometimes thou dost wear the face of pity;

Of all our infirmities, vanity is the dearest to us; a man will starve his other vices to keep that alive.

Offended vanity is the great separator in social life.

Oh, wad some power the giftie gie us To see oursel's as ithers see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, And foolish notion.

Our vanities differ as our noses do; all conceit is not the same conceit, but varies in correspondence with the mental make in which one of us differs from another.

People who are very vain are usually equally susceptible; and they who feel one thing acutely, will so feel another.

Pride and vanity are forever spoken of side by side; and many suppose that they are merely different shades of the same feeling. Yet, so far are they from being akin, they can hardly find room in the same breast. A proud manwill not stoop to be vain; a vain man is so busy in bowing and wriggling to catch fair words from others, that he can never lift up his head into pride.

Pride is never more offensive than when it condescends to be civil; whereas vanity, whenever it forgets itself, naturally assumes good humor.

Pride makes us esteem ourselves; vanity to desire the esteem of others. - It is just to say as Swift has done, that a proud man is too proud to be vain.

Scarcely have I ever heard or read the introductory phrase, "I may say without vanity," but some striking and characteristic instance of vanity has immediately followed.

She neglects her heart who studies her glass.

sometimes of generosity; nay, thou hast the assurance to put on those glorious ornaments which belong only to heroic virtue.

Take away from mankind their vanity and their ambition, and there would be but few claiming to be heroes or patriots.

Tell me not of the pain of falsehood to the slandered! There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.

The general cry is against ingratitude, but the complaint is misplaced, it should be against vanity; none but direct villains are capable of wilful ingratitude; but almost everybody is capable of thinking he hath done more than another deserves, while the other thinks he hath received less than he deserves.


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