A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on dorian gray, oscar wilde, and vanity

"If only the picture could grow old, and I stay young. For that...for that, I would give my SOUL for that."

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

Source: The Picture of Dorian Gray

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on competition, quiet, and vanity

The best of conversations occur when there is no competition, no vanity, but a calm quiet interchange of sentiments.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Makepeace Thackeray on fate, vanity, and weakness

Oh, Vanity of vanities! How wayward the decrees of Fate are; How very weak the very wise, How very small the very great are!

William Thackeray (1811 - 1863)

Source: Vanitas Vanitatum

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on belief, life, sacrifice, truth, and vanity

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives by make-believe.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: The Summing Up, 1938

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A Quote by William James on careers, life, men, morality, and vanity

We are all potentially such sick men. The sanest and best of us are of one clay with lunatics and prison-inmates. And whenever we feel this, such a sense of the vanity of our voluntary career comes over us, that all our morality appears as a plaster hiding a sore it can never cure, and all our well-doing as the hollowest substitute for that well-being that our lives ought to be grounded in, but alas! are not so.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Thought and Character of William James, by Ralph Barton Perry

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on conscience, day, thought, and vanity

Things said or done long years ago Or things I did not do or say But thought that I might say or do, Weigh me down, and not a day But something is recalled, My conscience or my vanity appalled.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Vacillation, III

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A Quote by Victor Cherbuliez on habits, love, luck, mind, opportunity, patience, and vanity

What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, of uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.

Victor Cherbuliez

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A Quote by unknown on beauty, courage, strength, vanity, and vices

Beneath this stone are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the virtues of a man without his vices.


Source: Epitaph to Pompey the dog (1891–1902)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by unknown on laughter, vanity, and women

A man can tolerate a woman who doesn't laugh; what his vanity, immediately rejects is a woman who laughs at what he considers the wrong times.


Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Sir Walter Ralegh on deed, vanity, and words

Speaking much is a sign of vanity; for he that is lavish in words is a niggard in deed.

Sir Walter Ralegh (1552 - 1618)

Contributed by: Zaady

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