Best Vain Quotes About Yourself, Love, Life

These vain quotes will inspire you. Vain having or showing an excessively high opinion of one’s appearance, abilities, or worth or producing no result; useless.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging vain quotes, vain sayings, and vain proverbs.

Famous Vain Quotes

  1. “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
  2. “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.” ~ Emily Dickinson
  3. “Live for yourself and you will live in vain; Live for others, and you will live again.” ~ Bob Marley
  4. “We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don’t care for.” ~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

  5. “Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.” ~ Alexander Pope
  6. “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” ~ Jane Austen
  7. “To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people.” ~ Max Beerbohm
  8. “I have been vain since birth.” ~ Wallace Shawn

  9. “Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.” ~ Alexander Pope
  10. “Look within.
    Within you is the hidden God.
    Within you is the immortal soul.
    Within you is the inexhaustible spiritual treasure.
    Within you is the ocean of bliss.
    Look within for the happiness which you have sought in vain.” ~ Sivananda
  11. “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  12. “To be a man’s own fool is bad enough, but the vain man is everybody’s.” ~ William Penn

  13. “I am intrigued by glamorous women … A vain woman is continually taking out a compact to repair her makeup. A glamorous woman knows she doesn’t need to.” ~ Clark Gable
  14. “I’m not vain, I’m insecure.” ~ Mariah Carey
  15. “Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.” ~ Oscar Wilde
  16. “The common practice of keeping up appearances with society is a mere selfish struggle of the vain with the vain.” ~ John Ruskin

  17. “If we have not peace within ourselves, it is in vain to seek it from outward sources.” ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  18. “Nothing that we do, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph.” ~ Charles Dickens
  19. “You know what I am going to say. I love you. What other men may mean when they use that expression, I cannot tell. What I mean is that I am under the influence of some tremendous attraction which I have resisted in vain, and which overmasters me. You could draw me to fire, you could draw me to water, you could draw me to the gallows, you could draw me to any death, you could draw me to anything I have most avoided, you could draw me to any exposure and disgrace. This and the confusion of my thoughts, so that I am fit for nothing, is what I mean by your being the ruin of me.” ~ Charles Dickens
  20. “It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.” ~ William of Ockham

  21. “That we we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  22. “I have been vain since birth. I expected other people to like what I did, although my vanity has definitely diminished over the years.” ~ Wallace Shawn
  23. “Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust, greed and anger.” ~ Abu Bakr
  24. “Living Life Tomorrow’s fate, though thou be wise, Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise; Pass, therefore, not today in vain, For it will never come again.” ~ Omar Khayyam

  25. “All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery.” ~ George Orwell
  26. “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  27. “A mighty pain to love it is,
    And ’tis a pain that pain to miss;
    But, of all pains, the greatest pain
    Is to love, but love in vain.” ~ Abraham Cowley , Love in vain quotes
  28. “Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.” ~ Friedrich Schiller

  29. “I’m not the type of guy who enjoys one-night stands. It leaves me feeling very empty and cynical. It’s not even fun sexually. I need to feel something for the woman and entertain the vain hope that it may lead to a relationship.” ~ Ben Affleck
  30. “Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed.” ~ Leo Rosten
  31. “Whoever, in the pursuit of science, seeks after immediate practical utility, may generally rest assured that he will seek in vain.” ~ Hermann von Helmholtz
  32. “And they write innumerable books; being too vain and distracted for silence: seeking every one after his own elevation, and dodging his emptiness.” ~ T. S. Eliot

  33. “If I can stop one heart from breaking…” Emily Dickinson If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.” ~ Emily Dickinson
  34. “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don’t let yourself indulge in vain wishes.” ~ Laurence J. Peter , Vain quotes about yourself
  35. “It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.” ~ Charlotte Bronte
  36. “It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.” ~ Aesop

  37. “Vanity is something that will only get in the way of doing your best work, and ultimately if you’re truly vain you care more about your work than how you look in your work. I actually consider myself a pretty vain guy when it comes to that.” ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
  38. “Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” ~ Carl Jung
  39. “The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.” ~ Florence Nightingale
  40. “Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.” ~ W. H. Auden

  41. “I think the best actors are the most generous, the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain, greedy and insecure.” ~ Kenneth Branagh
  42. “When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.” ~ William Shakespeare
  43. “Life and death are important. Don’t suffer them in vain.” ~ Bodhidharma
  44. “Sweet is true love that is given in vain, and sweet is death that takes away pain.” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

  45. “No, my dog used to gaze at me, paying me the attention I need, the attention required to make a vain person like me understand that, being a dog, he was wasting time, but, with those eyes so much purer than mine, he’d keep on gazing at me with a look that reserved for me alone all his sweet and shaggy life, always near me, never troubling me, and asking nothing.” ~ Pablo Neruda
  46. “I’m too vain, one of my biggest sins, but it saved me; I can see what excess does.” ~ Grace Jones
  47. “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. -Mr. Darcy” ~ Jane Austen
  48. “When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.” ~ Akhenaton

  49. “The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain, disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday.” ~ Theodor Adorno
  50. “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” ~ Samuel Adams
  51. “Sometimes women are so great and powerful, but then they surrender to these vain things. They kind of fall for it.” ~ Lykke Li
  52. “The vain being is the really solitary being.” ~ Berthold Auerbach

  53. “No endeavour is in vain;
    Its reward is in the doing.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  54. “Without common sense, all thine efforts are in vain.” ~ Rudolf Steiner
  55. “Chains tie us down by land and sea; And wishes, vain as mine, may be All that is left to comfort thee.” ~ William Wordsworth
  56. “Laws without morals are in vain.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

  57. “A source of permanent, accessible pleasure, our genitals exist. The god who created our misfortune, who made us short-lived, vain and cruel, has also provided this form of meagre compensation. If we couldn’t have sex from time to time, what would life be? A futile struggle against joints that stiffen, caries that form. All of which, moreover, is as uninteresting as humanly possible – the collagen which makes muscles stiffen, the appearance of microbic cavities in the gums.” ~ Michel Houellebecq
  58. “May the culture of life and love render vain the logic of death.” ~ Pope John Paul II
  59. “If you have to do with one who is unquestionably a slanderer, do not excuse him by calling him frank and free-spoken; do not call one who is notoriously vain, liberal and elegant; do not call dangerous levities mere simplicity; do not screen disobedience under the name of zeal; or arrogance, of frankness; or evil intimacy, of friendship. No, my friends, we must never, in our wish to shun slander, foster or flatter vice in others: but we must call evil evil, and sin sin, and so doing we shall serve God’s glory.” ~ Saint Francis de Sales
  60. “Not from a vain or shallow thought His awful Jove young Phidias brought.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  61. “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
  62. “To be ambitious of true honor and of the real glory and perfection of our nature is the very principle and incentive of virtue; but to be ambitious of titles, place, ceremonial respects, and civil pageantry, is as vain and little as the things are which we court” ~ Philip Sidney
  63. “He had her in his arms, her face like a wet flower at his lips, and all their vain terrors shriveling up like ghosts at sunrise.” ~ Edith Wharton

  64. “A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the lord in vain- then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system?” ~ Robert A. Heinlein
  65. “Vain men delight in telling what Honours have been done them, what great Company they have kept, and the like; by which they plainly confess, that these Honours were more than their Due, and such as their Friends would not believe if they had not been told: Whereas a Man truly proud, thinks the greatest Honours below his Merit, and consequently scorns to boast. I therefore deliver it as a Maxim that whoever desires the Character of a proud Man, ought to conceal his Vanity.” ~ Jonathan Swift

Vain too proud of your own appearance, abilities, achievements, etc.

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