45+ Vanity Quotes To Keep You Humble

Quotes on vanity and why it is essential to be humble.

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Vanity is considered a vice or sin as it refers to having inflated or false pride about oneself.

In the current generation of instant gratification, vanity has become a necessary thing. Due to our extreme beliefs about ourselves, many of us try to gain fame, ultimately ending up in stress and depression.

While being humble about one's achievements is a virtue, many inadvertently start boasting about them and fall into the trap of vanity. Here are some vanity sayings that will help you to learn the importance of modesty. If you are interested in similar quotes, please visit [Stay humble quotes] and Be nice quotes.

Best Quotes About Vanity

It is good to have self-love, but vanity is dangerous. Try to be true to yourself, for that is when you will find inner peace and self-confidence. Listed below are some of the sayings about vanity.

The peacock is a Biblical symbol of vanity.

1."The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity."

-Miguel de Cervantes.

2.“Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory, and the truth of every passion wants some pretense to make it live.”

-Joseph Conrad.

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

-Alexander Pope.

4."Vanity is often the unseen spur. "  

-William Makepeace Thackeray.

5."All is vanity, nothing is fair."

-William Makepeace Thackeray, 'Vanity Fair'.

6."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."

-Jane Austen.

7."Vanity is the flatterer of the soul."

-Edward Counsel.

8."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, 'Tender is the Night & The Last Tycoon.'

9."Curiosity is only vanity. We usually only want to know something so that we can talk about it.”

― Blaise Pascal,'Pensées.'

10.“Pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty.”

― George Eliot, 'Middlemarch.'

11."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.

12."What makes the vanity of others insupportable is that it wounds our own."

-François de La Rochefoucauld.

13."Pride makes us esteem ourselves; vanity makes us desire the esteem of others."

-Hugh Blair.

14."All is vanity. All go unto one place; all are of the dust and all turn to dust again."

-'Ecclesiastes 3:19-20.'

15."The sin of pride may be a small or a great thing in someone's life, and hurt vanity a passing pinprick, or a self-destroying or even murderous obsession. "

-Iris Murdoch.

16."There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth."

-Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton.

17."Vanity is the quicksand of reason."

-George Sand.

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

– Louis Kronenberger.

19."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.

20."Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity."

– Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine.

21."Vanity, showing off, is an attitude that reduces spirituality to a worldly thing, which is the worst sin that could be committed in the church."

– Pope Francis.

22."Stupidity talks, vanity acts."

– Victor Hugo.

23."The highest form of vanity is love of fame."

– George Santayana.

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

-J. Wilson.

25."Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense."

-Julian Casablancas.

26."Everyone has his vanity, and each one's vanity is his forgetting that there are others with an equal soul."

-Fernando Pessoa.

27."Vanity is often so excessive, that those who are compelled to walk on crutches would fain make us believe they are raised on stilts."

-Eliza Cook.

28."Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us."

-Jane Austen, 'Pride and Prejudice.'

29."Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief."

-Jane Austen.

30."Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself."

-Blaise Pascal.

31."He had the vanity to believe men did not like him – while men simply did not know him."

- Gustave Flaubert.

32."The joke I always make about myself is that I'm self-involved, but I'm not vain."

-Lena Dunham.

33."The fly on the water buffalo's back thinks he is taller than the water buffalo."  

-Tagalog proverb (on vanity and arrogance).

34."We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for."  

-Marie Ebner-Eschenbach.

35."The vanity of teaching doth oft tempt a man to forget that he is a blockhead."

- George Savile.

36."There is nothing can pay one for that invaluable ignorance which is the companion of youth, those sanguine groundless hopes, and that lively vanity which makes all the happiness of life."

-Mary Wortley Montagu.

Quotes About Being Humble

Staying humble will help us to live our best lives and also make us become better people. Below you’ll find a collection of wise quotes about being humble.

Inspirational quotes about humility and being humble.

37."People speak well of the man who does not speak too much of himself.

-'The Stoic Emperor.'

38."Humility wins. Love conquers."

- Robin Sharma.

39. "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.

40."The best of people is the one who humbles himself the more his rank increases."

- Prophet Muhammad.

41."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 Adler.

42."Nothing is more foolish than a security built upon the world and its promises, for they are all vanity and a lie."

-Matthew Henry.

43."The tyrant is a child of Pride who drinks from his sickening cup Recklessness and vanity, Until from his high crest headlong He plummets to the dust of hope."

- Sophocles, 'Oedipus Rex.'

44."I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility."

- John Ruskin.

45."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."

- Jane Austen, 'Northanger Abbey.'

This quote is the best quote about vanity and staying humble.

46."If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are."

- Mother Teresa.

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