Quotes and phrases about vanity

Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison
American singer, poet and songwriter
Guileless and without vanity, we were still in love with ourselves then. We felt comfortable in our skins, enjoyed the news that our senses released to us, admired our dirt, cultivated our scars, and could not comprehend this unworthiness. Jealousy we understood and thought natural--a desire to have what somebody else had; but envy was a strange, new feeling for us.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte
French military and political leader
The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
Nick Vujicic
Nick Vujicic
Australian American Christian evangelist and motivational speaker
At my funeral, if one said, 'Nick was a generous person,' trust me I won't be doing cartwheels in my coffin. Recognition from people is never and never will be a goal. Some people strive for that respect or honor. Living a life to just reach for the position and status is vanity and sin.
David Hume
David Hume
Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, economist, librarian and essayist
It is a great mortification to the vanity of man, that his utmost art and industry can never equal the meanest of nature's productions, either for beauty or value. Art is only the under-workman, and is employed to give a few strokes of embellishment to those pieces, which come from the hand of the master.
Eric Ries
Eric Ries
American entrepreneur, blogger, and author
Vanity metrics are the numbers you want to publish on TechCrunch to make your competitors feel bad.
John Adams
John Adams
American statesman, attorney, diplomat, writer, and Founding Father
Vanity, I am sensible, is my cardinal vice and cardinal folly; and I am in continual danger, when in company, of being led an ignis fatuus chase by it.
James Fenton
James Fenton
English poet, journalist and literary critic
For poets today or in any age, the choice is not between freedom on the one hand and abstruse French forms on the other. The choice is between the nullity and vanity of our first efforts, and the developing of a sense of idiom, form, structure, metre, rhythm, line - all the fundamental characteristics of this verbal art.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
Every man has just as much vanity as he wants understanding.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
And not a vanity is given in vain.
David Hume
David Hume
Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, economist, librarian and essayist
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.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
English poet, translator, and satirist of the Augustan period
The vanity of human life is like a river, constantly passing away, and yet constantly coming on.