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A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross.

A vain man can never be altogether rude. - Desirous as he is of pleasing, he fashions his manners after those of others.

Alas for human nature, that the wounds of vanity should smart and bleed so much longer than the wounds of affection!

An egotist will always speak of himself, either in praise or censure; but a modest man ever shuns making himself the subject of his conversation.

Charms which, like flowers, lie on the surface and always glitter, easily produce vanity; hence women, wits, players, soldiers, are vain, owing to their presence, figure, and dress. On the contrary, other excellences, which lie down deep like gold, and are discovered with difficulty-strength, profoundness of intellect, morality - leave their possessors modest and proud.

Every man has just as much vanity as he wants understanding.

Every man's vanity ought to be his greatest shame, and every man's folly ought to be his greatest secret.

Every occasion will catch the senses of the vain man, and with that bridle and saddle you may ride him.

Every one at the bottom of his heart cherishes vanity; even the toad thinks himself good-looking - "rather tawny perhaps, but look at his eye!"

Extinguish vanity in the mind, and you naturally retrench the little superfluities of garniture and equipage. The blossoms will fall of themselves when the root that nourishes them is destroyed.

Great mischiefs happen more often from folly, meanness, and vanity, than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition.

Guard against that vanity which courts a compliment, or is fed by it.

I give vanity fair quarter wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of good to its possessor and to others within the sphere of its 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 his life.

I will not call vanity and affectation twins, because, more properly, vanity is the mother, and affectation is the darling daughter; vanity is the sin, and affectation is the punishment; the first may be called the root of self-love, the other the fruit. Vanity is never at its full growth till it spreadeth into affectation, and then it is complete.

If vanity does not entirely overthrow the virtues, at least it makes them all totter.

If you cannot inspire a woman with love of yourself, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.

In a vain man, the smallest spark may kindle into the greatest flame, because the materials are always prepared for it.

It is difficult to divest one's self of vanity; because impossible to divest one's self of self-love.

It is our own vanity that makes the vanity of others intolerable to us.

It is vanity which makes the rake at twenty, the worldly man at forty, and the retired man at sixty. We are apt to think that best in general for which we find ourselves best fitted in particular.


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