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QuintilianThose who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.

—  Quintilian, 35-96 AD, Roman rhetorician

Mignon McLaughlinWe all dream of being the darling of everybody's darling.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

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

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Oscar WildeI never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

George OrwellEach generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Kurt VonnegutJust because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the Universe.

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

Gore VidalA narcissist is someone better looking than you are.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Albert CamusThe need to be always right is the sign of a vulgar mind.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

La RochefoucauldWe say little when vanity does not make us speak.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

La RochefoucauldThe desire to appear clever often prevents one from being so.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

La RochefoucauldWhat makes the vanity of others insufferable to us is that it wounds our own.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Helen RowlandMarriage is the operation by which a woman’s vanity and a man’s egotism are extracted without anesthetic.

—  Helen Rowland, 1875-1950, American journalist & humorist

George SantayanaThe highest form of vanity is love of fame.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Karl KrausArtists have a right to be modest and a duty to be vain.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Bob DylanSometimes you just have to bite your upper lip and put sunglasses on.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

Carl SaganWe are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.

—  Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, American astronomer

John KeatsI will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom; one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise.

—  John Keats, 1795-1821, English poet

DevilVanity is definitely my favorite sin.

—  from the film Devil's Advocate (1997)

Bible Quotes

Old TestamentVanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

—  Old Testament ‐ Ecclesiastes 1:2

Quotes in Verse

T. S. EliotHalf the harm that is done in this world
Is due to people who want to feel important.
They don't mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Funny Quotes

Eugene IonescoGod is dead. Marx is dead. And I don’t feel so well myself.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Fred AllenSome movie stars wear their sunglasses even in church. They're afraid God might recognize them and ask for autographs.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian


Yiddish proverbRun away from an insult but don’t chase after honor.

—  Yiddish proverb



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