135+ Best Vanity Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Vanity is the excessive belief in one’s own abilities or attractiveness to others. Profoundly inspirational vanity quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Vanity Quotes

A big tree attracts the gale. ― Chinese

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us. ― Jane Austen

Vanity is so secure in the heart of man that everyone wants to be admired: even I who write this, and you who read this. ― Blaise Pascal

All that glitters is not gold. ― Latin Proverb

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There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors. ― Tennessee Williams

Vanity is the quicksand of reason. ― George Sand

Clean your finger before you point at my spots. ― Ben Franklin

Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see …each other in life. Vanity, fear, desire, competition– all such distortions within our own egos– condition our vision of those in relation to us. Add to those distortions to our own egos the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other. That’s how it is in all living relationships except when there is that rare case of two people who love intensely enough to burn through all those layers of opacity and see each other’s naked hearts. ― Tennessee Williams

The surest cure for vanity is loneliness. ― Thomas Wolfe

Clothes don’t make the man. ― Unknown

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity. ― Dale Carnegie

Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt. ― Benjamin Franklin

Clouds that thunder, do not always rain. ― Armenian

Lockhart’ll sign anything if it stands still long enough. ― J.K. Rowling

Empty vessels make the most sound. ― John Lydgate

Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly. ― Jane Austen

Without this ridiculous vanity that takes the form of self-display, and is part of everything and everyone, we would see nothing, and nothing would exist. ― Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Every ass loves to hear himself bray. ― English

A man’s vanity is more fragile that you might think. It’s easy for us to mistake shyness for coldness, and silence for indifference. ― Lisa Kleypas

Beauty’s sister is vanity, and its daughter lust. ― Author Unknown

His bark is worse than his bite. ― George Herbert

If you spend your life sparing people’s feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can’t distinguish what should be respected in them. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Pride does not wish to owe, and vanity does not wish to pay. ― François de la Rochefoucauld

If someone gives you advice, it is in his own interest. ― Tunisian Proverb

Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you. ― Shannon L. Alder

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. ― John Adams

Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied? ― William Makepeace Thackeray

There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth. ― Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. ― Chinese Proverb

Curiosity is only vanity. We usually only want to know something so that we can talk about it. ― Blaise Pascal

Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others. Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you. ― Miguel De Unamuno

No one can make us feel inferior without our consent. ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain. ― Rousseau Jean-Jacques

To this principle of vanity, which philosophers call a mean one, and which I do not, I owe a great part of the figure which I have made in life. ― Lord Chesterfield

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Nobody’s perfect. ― Unknown

Look. Survey. Inspect. My hair is ruined! I look like a pan of bacon and eggs! ― Diana Wynne Jones

Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory. ― Joseph Conrad

The cat would eat fish but would not get her feet wet. ― Chaucer

Vanity is becoming a nuisance, I can see why women give it up, eventually. But I’m not ready for that yet. ― Margaret Atwood

She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance – a misplaced shame. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well−informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid. A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can. ― Jane Austen

We speak little if not egged on by vanity. ― François de la Rochefoucauld

The drum makes a great fuss because it is empty. ― Trinidadian

There’s something ugly about a pretty boy who knows he’s pretty and assumes everyone else knows it too. ― Nova Ren Suma

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself. ― Blaise Pascal

The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity. ― Henri Bergson

The fly on the water buffalo’s back thinks he is taller than the water buffalo. ― Tagalog

I’m so pretty, it’s hard for me to think of myself as intelligent. ― Jim Butcher

If vanity does not overthrow all our virtues, at least she makes them totter. ― François de la Rochefoucauld

The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner. ― Oscar Wilde

The way you think about yourself determines your reality. You are not being hurt by the way people think about you. Many of those people are a reflection of how you think about yourself. ― Shannon L. Alder

Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it make us vain, in fact, of our modesty. ― Louis Kronenberger

Vanity blossoms but bares no fruit. ― Nepalese

I’m amazing and studly, but I have limits. ― Jim Butcher

But then one regrets the loss even of one’s worst habits. Perhaps one regrets them the most. They are such an essential part of one’s personality. ― Oscar Wilde

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast. ― Logan Pearsall Smith

Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Vanity, thy name is vampire. ― Jim Butcher

Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man. ― Robert Louis Stevenson

We all know you’re beautiful, Scott. ― Becca Fitzpatrick

In some situations, if you say nothing, you are called dull; if you talk, you are thought impertinent and arrogant. It is hard to know what to do in this case. The question seems to be, whether your vanity or your prudence predominates. ― William Hazlit

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What makes the vanity of others insupportable is that it wounds our own. ― François de la Rochefoucauld

There was never yet fair woman, but she made mouths in a glass. ― William Shakespeare

Whenever an occasion arose in which she needed an opinion on something in the wider world, she borrowed her husband’s. If this had been all there was to her, she wouldn’t have bothered anyone, but as is so often the case with such women, she suffered from an incurable case of of pretentiousness. Lacking any internalized values of her own, such people can arrive at a standpoint only by adopting other people’s standards or views. The only principle that governs their minds is the question “How do I look? ― Haruki Murakami

In heaven I yearn for knowledge, account all else inanity; On earth I confess an itch for the praise of fools – that’s vanity. ― Robert Browning

They say that hens do cackle loudest when there is nothing vital in the eggs they have laid. ― Ambrose Bierce

Killing animals to make a fashion statement = a sickening + cold-blooded vanity. ― Jess C. Scott

He had the vanity to believe men did not like him – while men simply did not know him. ― Gustave Flaubert

Virtue would not go to such lengths if vanity did not keep her company. ― François de la Rochefoucauld

Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity. ― Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine

You are not permitted to kill a woman who has wronged you, but nothing forbids you to reflect that she is growing older every minute. ― Ambrose Bierce

Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share they have of it themselves; but I give it fair quarter, wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of good to the possessor, and to others who are within his sphere of action: and therefore, in many cases, it would not be altogether absurd if a man were to thank God for his vanity among the other comforts of life. ― Benjamin Franklin

We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don’t care for. ― Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

Women that can work a camera with ease often work men just as effortlessly for both require the same commitment to vanity and manipulation. ― Tiffany Madison

“I’m brilliant as well as skilled,” he said modestly. “It’s a great burden, all of that on top of my angelic good looks. But I try to soldier on as best I can.” ― Jim Butcher

There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it. ― Mark Twain

She also considered very seriously what she would look like in a little cottage in the middle of the forest, dressed in a melancholy gray and holding communion only with the birds and trees; a life of retirement away from the vain world; a life into which no man came. It had its attractions, but she decided that gray did not suit her. ― A.A. Milne

I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose? Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now! Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day—mock me horribly! ― Oscar Wilde

Vanity is often the unseen spur. ― William Makepeace Thackeray

Now I feel like James Bond. Suave and intelligent, breaking all the codes while looking fabulous. ― Jim Butcher

We think we are being interesting to others when we are being interesting to ourselves. ― Jack Gardner

The wicked are wicked, no doubt, and they go astray, and they fall, and they come by their deserts; but who can tell the mischief which the very virtuous do? ― William Makepeace Thackeray

Pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so; any more than vanity makes us witty. ― George Eliot

Vanity is so secure in the heart of man that everyone wants to be admired – even I who write this, and you who read this. ― Blaise Pascal

But who bothers looking beyond the surface? Who even knows anything about Cinderella’s Prince Charming – other than he’s a handsome prince? ― Mandy Hubbard

top vanity quotes

It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch one another and find sympathy. We differ widely enough in our nobler qualities. It is in our follies that we are at one. ― Jerome K. Jerome

But I begin to fancy you don’t like me. How strange! I thought, though everybody hated and despised each other, they could not avoid loving me. ― Emily Brontë

What people regard as vanity—leaving great works, having children, acting in such a way as to prevent one’s name from being forgotten—I regard as the highest expression of human dignity. ― Paulo Coelho

No matter what the circumstances, no man can completely escape from vanity. ― Shūsaku Endō

It is very queer, but not the less true, that people are generally quite as vain, or even more so, of their deficiencies than of their available gifts. ― Nathaniel Hawthorne

Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory, and the truth of every passion wants some pretense to make it live. ― Joseph Conrad

What makes the vanity of others insupportable is that it wounds our own. ― Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Self-consciousness of the manner is the expensive substitute for simplicity. ― George Eliot

Long ago one of the Cynic philosophers strutted through the streets of Athens in a torn mantle to make himself admired by everyone by displaying his contempt for convention. One day Socrates met him and said: ‘I see your vanity through the hole in your mantle.’ Your dirt too, sir, is vanity, and your vanity is dirty. ― Milan Kundera

One of the troubles about vanity is that it grows with what it feeds on. The more you are talked about, the more you will wish to be talked about. ― Bertrand Russell

A woman who holds her head up too high, is trying to breathe from her own pollution. ― Suzy Kassem

The luxury of age was the giving up of vanity. ― Colum McCann

Foolish men always believe that a little knowledge will give them control over the world, but it is no more than a display of their vanity. ― J. P. Vinluca

The vanity of others runs counter to our taste only when it runs counter to our vanity. ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Never trust someone that claims they care nothing of what society thinks of them. Instead of conquering obstacles, they simply pretend they don’t exist. ― Tiffany Madison

One sticks to an opinion because he prides himself on having come to it on his own, and another because he has taken great pains to learn it and is proud to have grasped it: and so both do so out of vanity. ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense. ― Julian Casablancas

There’s just something unsettling about studying your reflection. It’s not a matter of being dissatisfied with your face or of being embarrassed by your vanity. Maybe it’s that when you gaze into your own eyes, you don’t see what you wish to see—or glimpse something that you wish weren’t there. ― Dean Koontz

I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round. ― Muhammad Ali

You are vain and wicked- as a genius should be. ― Günter Grass

It is naturally given to all men to esteem their own inventions best. ― Thomas More

It is less mortifying to believe one’s self unpopular than insignificant, and vanity prefers to assume that indifference is a latent form of unfriendliness. ― Edith Wharton

We say little if not egged on by vanity. ― Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Who would you impress if the world was blind? ― Shannon L. Alder

La vanidad se encuentra en los lugares más inesperados: al lado de la bondad, de la abnegación, de la generosidad. ― Ernesto Sábato

Every men wanted to be his friend and every woman wanted to be in his bed ― Dee Remy

It is difficult to esteem a man as highly as he would wish. ― Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

The devil…the prowde spirite…cannot endure to be mocked. ― Thomas More

As individuals die every moment, how insensitive and fabricated a love it is to set aside a day from selfish routine in prideful, patriotic commemoration of tragedy. Just as God is provoked by those who tithe simply because they feel that they must tithe, I am provoked by those who commemorate simply because they feel that they must commemorate. ― Criss Jami

Pride is a wound, and vanity is the scab on it. One’s life picks at the scab to open the wound again and again. In men, it seldom heals and often grows septic. ― Michael Ayrton

Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers. ― Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Besides, nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner. Conscience makes egotists of us all. ― Oscar Wilde

No man thinks there is much ado about nothing when the ado is about himself. ― Anthony Trollope

But if we reason it out simply and not try to be one bit fancy, then what sort of pride can you possibly take or what’s the sense of ever having it, if man is poorly put together as a physiological type and if the enormous majority of the human race is brutal, stupid, and profoundly unhappy? ― Anton Chekhov

You have a great deal of yourself on the line, writing— your vanity is at stake. You discover a tricky thing about fiction writing; a certain amount of vanity is necessary to be able to do it all, but any vanity above that certain amount is lethal. ― David Foster Wallace

If there is a single quality that is shared by all great men, it is vanity. But I mean by ‘vanity’ only that they appreciate their own worth. Without this kind of vanity, they would not be great. And with vanity alone, of course, a man is nothing. ― Yousef Karsh

Beyond all vanities, fights, and desires, omnipotent silence lies. ― Dejan Stojanovic

So might we ourselves look down into some rock-pool where lowly creatures repeat with naive zest dramas learned by their ancestors æons ago. ― Olaf Stapledon

It is very queer, but not the less true, that people are generally quite as vain, or even more so, of their deficiencies than of their available gifts. ― Nathaniel Hawthorne

I would have chosen any other than this for my prison. A rhinoceros is as ugly as a human being, and it too is going to die, but at least it never thinks that it is beautiful. ― Peter S. Beagle

Mirrors are dangerous things. They can just as easily tell us what we don’t like as what we do. Yet in truth you can’t tell anything from a reflection, as a reflection is actually empty. ― Susie Staplehurst

You will be most readily cured of vanity or presumption by studying the history of music, and by hearing the master pieces which have been produced at different periods. ― Robert Schumann

Vanity is a weakness. I know this. It’s a shallow dependence on the exterior self, on how one looks instead of what one is. ― Dennis Lehane, A Drink Before the War

I am less to you than your ivory Hermes or your silver Faun. You will like them always. How long will you like me? Till I have my first wrinkle, I suppose. I know, now, that when one loses one’s good looks, whatever they may be, one loses everything. Your picture has taught me that. Lord Henry Wotton is perfectly right. Youth is the only thing worth having. When I find that I am growing old, I shall kill myself. ― Oscar Wilde

There are two kinds of people in this world: people who want to be desired, and people who want to be desired so much that they pretend they don’t. ― Rabih Alameddine

The stupidest people suddenly become a little cleverer when we learn that they think well of us. ― Jude Morgan

Pride makes us esteem ourselves; vanity makes us desire the esteem of others. ― Hugh Blair

I never met a woman that didn’t know if she was good-looking or not without being told, and some of them give themselves credit for more than they’ve got. ― Tennessee Williams

However anxious one is to reach one’s goal, one can excuse delays on the route when these are caused by ovations. ― Alexandre Dumas

When you are in a room with Kurtis, whether its one or a hundred he is the only person that matters. ― Dee Remy

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