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The most violent passions have their intermissions; vanity alone gives us no respite.

The strongest passions allow us some rest, but vanity keeps us perpetually in motion. What a dust do I raise! says the fly upon a coach-wheel. And at what a rate do I drivel says the fly upon the horse's back.

The vainest woman is never thoroughly conscious of her beauty till she is loved by the man who sets her own passion vibrating in return.

There is more jealousy between rival wits than rival beauties, for vanity has no sex. But in both cases there must be pretensions, or there will be no jealousy.

There is much money given to be laughed at, though the purchasers don't know it; witness A's fine horse, and B's fine house.

There is no arena in which vanity displays itself under such a variety of forms as in conversation.

There is no folly of which a man who is not a fool cannot get rid except vanity; of this nothing cures a man except experience of its bad consequences, if indeed anything can cure it.

There is no restraining men's tongues or pens when charged with a little vanity.

There is no vice or folly that requires so much nicety and skill to manage as vanity; nor any which by ill management makes so contemptible a figure.

There's none so homely but loves a looking-glass.

They who do speak ill of themselves, do so mostly as the surest way of proving how modest and candid they are.

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

Vanity indeed is a venial error; for it usually carries its own punishment with it.

Vanity is a strong temptation to lying; it makes people magnify their merit, over-flourish their family, and tell strange stories of their interest and acquaintance.

Vanity is as advantageous to a government, as pride is dangerous.

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

Vanity is so anchored in the heart of man that a soldier, sutler, cook, street porter, vapor and wish to have their admirers; and philosophers even wish the same. Those who write against it wish to have the glory of having written well; and those who read it wish to have the glory of having read well; and I, who write this, have perhaps this desire; and perhaps those who will read this.

Vanity is so closely allied to virtue, and to love the fame of laudable actions approaches so near the love of laudable actions for their own sake, that these passions are more capable of mixture than any other kinds of affection; and it is almost impossible to have the latter without some degree of the former.

Vanity is the foundation of the most ridiculous and contemptible vices--the vices of affectation and common lying.

Vanity is the poison of agreeableness; yet as poison, when properly applied, has a salutary effect in medicine, so has vanity in the commerce and society of the world.


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