Favorite Quotations ~  Vanity Asheville: View from the Top

"What is vanity but the longing to survive?" ~ Miguel de Unamuno


The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity. ~ Miguel de Cervantes

Neither philosophy, nor religion, nor morality, nor wisdom, nor interest will ever govern nations or parties against their vanity, their pride, their resentment or revenge, or their avarice or ambition. ~ John Adams

The vanity of human life is like a river, constantly passing away, and yet constantly coming on. ~ Alexander Pope

Censorship is the height of vanity. ~ Martha Graham

Vanity working on a weak head produces ever sort of mischief. ~ Jane Austen

If you want to succeed in the world it is necessary, when entering a salon, that your vanity should bow to that of others. ~ Madame de Genlis

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 is as ill at ease under indifference, as tenderness is under the love which it cannot return. ~ George Eliot

Vanity is illustrated in the cause and effect of love, as in the case of Cleopatra. ~ Blaise Pascal

Never "just run out for a few minutes" without looking your best. This is not vanity -- it's self-liking. Your face is always on display. ~ Estée Lauder

The leap is made by dropping vanity over knowledge and by a willingness to become nothing in order to become everything. ~ Vernon Howard

Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory. ~ Joseph Conrad

I think actresses are imagined to be these subjects of great vanity. Life is change; physicality changes. It's transient, and that's a beautiful and a painful thing. ~ Uma Thurman

Vanity is the quicksand of reason. ~ George Sand

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