vanity

A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on conviction, hope, libraries, and vanity

No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: The Rambler, March 23, 1751

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A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on enemies, imagination, thinking, and vanity

Imagine the vanity of thinking that your enemy can do you more damage than your enmity.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

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A Quote by Robert Southey on death, heaven, life, love, time, and vanity

They sin who tell us love can die; With life all other passions fly, All others are but vanity. . . . . . Love is indestructible, Its holy flame forever burneth; From heaven it came, to heaven returneth. . . . . . It soweth here with toil and care, But the harvest-time of love is there.

Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)

Source: The Curse of Kehama. Canto x. Stanza 10.

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on decisions, dignity, ethics, excellence, pride, respect, self-respect, and vanity

Live according to the ethics of excellence, and you can always stand proud. Pride - not vanity, but dignity and self-respect - should carry a lot of weight in helping you make decisions. Let pride help you decide.

Price Pritchett

Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Mary Annette Russell, Countess Arnim on beauty, persistence, and vanity

Strange that the vanity which accompanies beauty - excusable, perhaps, when there is such great beauty, or at any rate understandable - should persist after the beauty was gone.

Mary Annette Russell (1866 - 1941)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on animals, justice, and vanity

It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Margaret Fuller on pleasure, popularity, and vanity

Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.

Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850)

Source: The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on action, deed, glory, grace, indifference, principles, vanity, and virtue

It is better that great peoples should seek out glory, or even vanity, in their deeds, than that they should remain indifferent . For even if they are not incited to act upon virtuous principles, at least there is the saving grace that they will do things they might not have done had not vanity prompted their actions.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on belief, confession, criticism, faults, kindness, order, reason, suffering, vanity, and wishes

There is no more reason to accuse ourselves excessively of our failings than to excuse them overmuch. He who goes overboard in self-criticism often does so in order not to suffer others' criticisms, or else does so out of a kind of vanity that wishes to make others believe that he knows how to confess his faults.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on despair, foolishness, hope, and vanity

Rome took all the vanity out of me; for after seeing the wonders there, I felt too insignificant to live, and gave up all my foolish hopes in despair.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

Source: Amy March, in Little Women, pt. 2, ch. 16, 1869.

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