vanity

A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on reason and vanity

Vanity makes us do more things against inclination than reason.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on pride, vanity, and wishes

Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on flattery, money, and vanity

Flattery is counterfeit money which, but for vanity, would have no circulation.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by Dorothy Parker on adultery, sharing, and vanity

On sharing space with Robert Benchley while working on "Vanity Fair," magazine: He and I had an office so tiny that an inch smaller and it would have been adultery.

Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967)

Source: quoted in Malcolm Cowley ed Writers at Work, Viking 1958

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A Quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on apathy, attitude, beginning, dignity, discovery, fidelity, god, good, meditation, patience, poverty, progress, spirituality, and vanity

Above all, it is not necessary that we should have any unexpected, extraordinary experiences in meditation. This can happen, but if it does not, it is not a sign that the meditation period has been useless. Not only at the beginning, but repeatedly, there will be times when we feel a great spiritual dryness and apathy, an aversion, even an inability to meditate. We dare not be balked by such experiences. Above all, we must not allow them to keep us from adhering to our meditation period with great patience and fidelity. It is, therefore, not good for us to take too seriously the many untoward experiences we have with ourselves in meditation. It is here that our old vanity and our illicit claims upon God may creep in by a pious detour, as if it were our right to have nothing but elevating and fruitful experiences, and as if the discovery of our own inner poverty were quite beneath our dignity. With that attitude, we shall make no progress.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945)

Source: Life Together

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on desires, glory, reading, and vanity

Those who write against vanity want the glory of having written well, and their readers the glory of reading well, and I who write this have the same desire, as perhaps those who read this have also.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on good, people, pleasure, satisfaction, vanity, and world

We are so presumptuous that we should like to be known all over the world, even by people who will only come when we are no more. Such is our vanity that the good opinion of half a dozen of the people around us gives us pleasure and satisfaction.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on contempt, pride, and vanity

Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

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A Quote by Arthur Guiterman on greatness, justice, and vanity

On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness The tusks that clashed in mighty brawls of mastodons , are billiard balls. The sword of Charlemagne the Just Is ferric oxide, known as rust. The grizzly bear whose potent hug Was feared by all, is now a rug. Great Caesar's bust is on the shelf, And I don't feel so well myself.

Arthur Guiterman (1871 - 1943)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on vanity and worth

VANITY, n. The tribute of a fool to the worth of the nearest ass.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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