Vanity Best Quotes

Denise K. Matthews, formerly known as Vanity and sometimes credited as Denise Matthews-Smith and D.D. Winters, is a Canadian former singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and model who has turned away from performing to concentrate on evangelism. Enjoy Vanity’s best quotes below.

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“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”
“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.”
“He who seeks truth shall find beauty. He who seeks beauty shall find vanity. He who seeks order shall find gratification. He who seeks gratification shall be disappointed. He who considers himself the servant of his fellow beings shall find the joy of self-expression. He who seeks self-expression shall fall into the pit of arrogance.”
“The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.”
“The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.”
“Pleasure is a shadow, wealth is vanity, and power a pageant; but knowledge is ecstatic in enjoyment, perennial in frame, unlimited in space and indefinite in duration.”
“Vanity is my favourite sin.”
“There is a danger that threatens everyone in the church, all of us. The danger of worldliness. It leads us to vanity, arrogance and pride.”
“An example I often use to illustrate the reality of vanity, is this: look at the peacock; it’s beautiful if you look at it from the front. But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth… Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity has huge misery hiding inside them.”
“When you start becoming really successful, the demons start to tempt you – the demons of vanity and self importance, drug abuse, the feelings of fraudulence. But, it’s also a thrill. That’s what I found weird.”
“Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain – at least in a poor country like Russia – and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect.”
“It’s not vanity to feel you have a right to be beautiful. Women are taught to feel we’re not good enough, that we must live up to someone else’s standards. But my aim is to cherish myself as I am.”
“What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing one’s ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.”
“Behind all their personal vanity, women themselves always have an impersonal contempt for woman.”
“It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.”
“I 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.”
“Vanity is the healthiest thing in life.”
“Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride.”
“The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity.”
“The day when a sportsman stops thinking above all else of the happiness in his own effort and the intoxication of the power and physical balance he derives from it, the day when he lets considerations of vanity or interest take over, on this day his ideal will die.”
“Music is made one of Satan’s most attractive agencies to ensnare souls; but, when turned to a good account, it is a blessing. When abused, it leads the unconsecrated to pride, vanity, and folly.”
“I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.”
“Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.”
“You must renounce all superficiality, all convention, all vanity and delusion.”
“Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense.”
“The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.”
“I am an outsider looking in, absolutely. You’re not going to see me at the Academy Awards ‘Vanity Fair’ party any time soon. I’m not somebody who, no matter where I go, there are paparazzi or any of that nonsense. But I have a little window into that world, and I can enter it and dance around. I want to be the audience’s ticket into the party.”
“It’s obvious nonsense, but it makes nice people feel good about themselves to do their bit for the planet. It’s vanity of a grotesque kind to believe that mankind, and our ‘carbon footprint’, has more impact on the future of Earth than Nature, which bends our planet to its will, as it sees fit.”
“It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed ‘Wisdom.’ And then I know exactly what is going to follow: ‘Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.’”
“Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase. I can with ease become an ordinary fool. I may be one now. But it doesn’t do to upset one’s own vanity.”
“‘Snow White’ is an old fairy tale, so obviously the idea of vanity and obsession with youth is long-standing. With today’s science, people have become crazy with trying to move their face around. It’s bizarre.”
“Magnanimous people have no vanity, they have no jealousy, and they feed on the true and the solid wherever they find it. And, what is more, they find it everywhere.”
“The basis of tragedy is man’s helplessness against disease, war and death; the basis of comedy is man’s helplessness against vanity (the vanity of love, greed, lust, power).”
“Our vanity is hardest to wound precisely when our pride has just been wounded.”
“Stupidity talks, vanity acts.”
“Vanity is but the surface.”
“The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.”
“What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.”
“Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency.”
“There’s a little vanity chair that Charlie gave me the first Christmas we knew each other. I’ll not be parting with that, nor our bed – the four-poster – I’ll be needing that to die in.”
“Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.”
“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.”
“The English are predisposed to pride, the French to vanity.”
“Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity.”
“She gave up beauty in her tender youth, gave all her hope and joy and pleasant ways; she covered up her eyes lest they should gaze on vanity, and chose the bitter truth.”
“The whole business is built on ego, vanity, self-satisfaction, and it’s total crap to pretend it’s not.”
“If there is a single quality that is shared by all great men, it is vanity.”
“I was trying to be 27 at age 47, but God had to get rid of my vanity. I had trouble letting go of the old Lex physically. My human fleshly nature didn’t want to let go of what had come to be billed as ‘The Total Package.’ I guess God had to help me get rid of the last remnant of that vanity and pride.”
“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.”
“Pampered vanity is a better thing perhaps than starved pride.”
“I have a problem with people saying feminine means anti-feminist, and I think it’s counter-productive to immediately associate anything ‘girly’ with vanity or stupidity.”
“In the vanity of self-consciousness one feels at a long remove above the ordinary love and trustfulness of a simple and pure heart.”
“Without vanity, without coquetry, without curiosity, in a word, without the fall, woman would not be woman. Much of her grace is in her frailty.”
“If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?”
“Vanity of science. Knowledge of physical science will not console me for ignorance of morality in time of affliction, but knowledge of morality will always console me for ignorance of physical science.”
“Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.”
“Virtue would go far if vanity did not keep it company.”
“We have no patience with other people’s vanity because it is offensive to our own.”
“Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.”
“The woman who appeals to a man’s vanity may stimulate him, the woman who appeals to his heart may attract him, but it is the woman who appeals to his imagination who gets him.”
“Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.”
“Vanity can apply to both insecurity and egotism.”
“The world is all a carcass and vanity, The shadow of a shadow, a play And in one word, just nothing.”
“No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.”
“The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.”
“Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency.”
“There is perhaps no more obvious vanity than to write of it so vainly.”
“When you’re 50 you start thinking about things you haven’t thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity – but actually it’s about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.”
“Vanity can apply to both insecurity and egotism. So I distance myself, because I feel everything.”
“By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt.”
“There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.”
“I am content with nothing, restless and ambitious… and I despise myself for the vanity, which formed half the stimulus to my exertions. Oh would that I were one of those plodding wise fools who having once set their hand to the plough go on nothing doubting.”
“The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.”
“Vanity is the quicksand of reason.”
“Censorship is the height of vanity.”
“There will always be those little minds who, out of vanity or intellectual display, will attempt to destroy faith in the very foundations of life.”
“Vanity’s really overrated. When I was 20, teenage girls had my picture on the wall… I don’t need to be pretty anymore. I just am who I am.”
“Now I feel and I say all the time that vanity is, like, long gone. I’m really free of worrying about what I look like, because it’s out of my shaky hands. I don’t control it. So why would I waste one second of my life worrying about it?”
“Vanity can create a very cruel space for you if you don’t know how to manage it.”
“I grew up in a makeup chair. And to see the women around me getting ready was so aspirational. It’s about mothers and daughters, a girl watching her mom at a vanity table.”
“Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood – we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we.”
“How can anybody learn anything from an artwork when the piece of art only reflects the vanity of the artist and not reality?”
“Pride and vanity, the opposites of humility, can destroy our spiritual health as surely as a debilitating disease can destroy our physical health.”
“God how I hate new countries: They are older than the old, more sophisticated, much more conceited, only young in a certain puerile vanity more like senility than anything.”
“A man’s vanity tells him what is honor, a man’s conscience what is justice.”
“A brushstroke of vanity is good to add into the mix, to balance your timidity. We’re all blessed with a lot of timidity and a lot of worry and anxiety, and vanity is a good antidote.”
“Any fear of aging, I think, is simply vanity.”
“To boast of a performance which I cannot beat is merely stupid vanity. And if I can beat it that means there is nothing special about it. What has passed is already finished with. What I find more interesting is what is still to come.”
“I work out because that’s my job, but what I enjoy about it, beyond the vanity, is the Zen of it. I like getting out of my head, and one great way to do that is to sweat your face off. And to know that, if you’re thinking of anything else, you’re not working intensely enough.”
“If people buy my books for vanity, I consider it a tax on idiocy.”
“I do think about aging. I have those moments of panic and vanity, but life keeps getting better, so you can’t worry about it too much.”
“The love of one’s own sex is precious, for it is neither provoked by vanity nor retained by flattery; it is genuine and sincere.”
“A pretty wife is something for the fastidious vanity of a roue to retire upon.”
“The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.”
“I’ve personally never wanted to be ‘the babe’, and refuse to let vanity get in the way of my acting because I don’t see my job as being a beautiful person.”
“The person is always happy who is in the presence of something they cannot know in full. A person as advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity.”
“Most times with vanity projects, publishers don’t believe in the work; they just believe in the name.”
“They sin who tell us Love can die: with Life all other passions fly, all others are but vanity.”
“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.”
“At my funeral, if one said, ‘Nick was a generous person,’ trust me I won’t be doing cartwheels in my coffin. Recognition from people is never and never will be a goal. Some people strive for that respect or honor. Living a life to just reach for the position and status is vanity and sin.”
“My greatest vanity is my skin. It is the colour of gingerbread and, thanks to my mother’s genes, smooth and mostly blemish-free.”
“In 1998, Vanity Fair asked me to write a big piece for them on the 50th anniversary of the New York City Ballet. My life, to a great extent, had been spent at and with the New York City Ballet, and I decided to try it. It was very scary, writing about something I loved so much and had such strong opinions about.”
“I imagine my children are going to save me from my vanity and be my passion and fill whatever fears I have of the amazing time I’m having right now being gone.”
“There is something wrong about being photographed that has nothing to do with vanity.”
“I declare I would rather be a kitten and cry, ‘Mew!’ than live as I see many of my female acquaintances do, tearing each other’s characters to pieces, and wearing out their lives in vanity and vexation of spirit.”
“I treat clothing or a piece of jewelry like it was a piece of art, even though people who collect clothes get a bad rap because they’re told it’s all vanity.”
“Call it vanity, call it arrogant presumption, call it what you wish, but I would grope for the nearest open grave if I had no newspaper to work for, no need to search for and sometimes find the winged word that just fits, no keen wonder over what each unfolding day may bring.”
“I have vanity and greed enough for one person. But at the same time, I feel in my bones you lose a lot of life’s value if you don’t see yourself as a member of the family of man.”
“You can’t control how you are perceived, and you are a fool if you waste any energy trying to do so. Vanity will get you nowhere.”
“Samuel Johnson called it the vanity of human wishes, and Buddhists talk about the endless cycle of desire. Social psychologists say we get trapped on a hedonic treadmill. What they all mean is that we wish, plan and work for things that we think will make us happy, but when we finally get them, we aren’t nearly as happy as we thought we’d be.”
“Now, I’m not saying I’m fashionable, but there are sociological interests that matter to me, things that are theoretical, political, intellectual and also concerned with vanity and beauty that we all think about but that I try to mix up and translate into fashion.”
“Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.”
“Doing press is like eating at McDonald’s: while it’s going on it’s vaguely enjoyable – you’re seduced by your own vanity and taking yourself rather seriously – but immediately afterwards you feel sick.”
“People don’t do theology in a vacuum but in a community with other theological thinkers, where there’s jealousy, vanity, hurt pride, all those things.”
“Who could look on these monuments without reflecting on the vanity of mortals in thus offering up testimonials of their respect for persons of whose very names posterity is ignorant?”
“The vanity of men, a constant insult to women, is also the ground for the implicit feminine claim of superior sensitivity and morality.”
“Under all wrongdoing lies personal vanity or the feeling that we are endowed and privileged beyond our fellows.”
“Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity.”
“Okay, sense of humor: plus one. Being able to laugh at yourself: plus one. Being able to laugh at other people without being mean: plus one. Vanity: minus one.”
“For poets today or in any age, the choice is not between freedom on the one hand and abstruse French forms on the other. The choice is between the nullity and vanity of our first efforts, and the developing of a sense of idiom, form, structure, metre, rhythm, line – all the fundamental characteristics of this verbal art.”
“I think when you do comedy, you play by a different set of rules. No one really wants you to be in that good shape. Being in good shape implies a level of vanity that isn’t necessarily funny.”
“Now, being on the cover of Vanity Fair is as important as being in great movies. The lines are very, very blurred.”
“Why is there such vanity about hair? I make a point to bathe. I worry about boogers in my nose, and I ask the makeup artist to cover up my pimples, but beyond that, I try not to be too vain.”
“Vanity is not having facelifts if you’re ugly. Those people who say: ‘Oh, I’d never dream of having anything done!’ That’s rude. It’s rude, to other people, to not try and look your best; to not try and stir things up, to not reinvent… or just invent… it’s one’s duty to not get stuffy.”
“Every actress has to face the facts there are younger, more beautiful girls right behind you. Once you’ve gone beyond the vanity of the business, you’ll take on the tough roles.”
“The harming of animals for any reason is shameful, but torturing them for mere vanity is senseless. Slaughtering animals for their fur or harming them for cosmetic purposes is disgusting and not worth the perfect shade of lipstick.”
“As an artist, there were different levels in my career that brought me to a realization that I am what you would call a pure artist. And I don’t say that with any type of vanity.”
“When I was young, I had this contrarian thing, and my music for a long time was an extension of that. I didn’t want to entertain people; I had too much vanity to be an entertainer. I think that some layers of vanity came off.”
“So when I look in the mirror I’m driven by both vanity and fear.”
“When you have a lot of success you don’t need vanity any more.”
“The highest form of vanity is love of fame.”
“Vanity is great motivation, to be fair.”
“There’s nothing like getting yourself into character and seeing a different person. It really wears on your vanity.”
“Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.”
“Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.”
“What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.”
“We say little, when vanity does not make us speak.”
“For our vanity is such that we hold our own characters immutable, and we are slow to acknowledge that they have changed, even for the better.”
“I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything, and finally that what one calls conscience is only inner vanity.”
“I have a lot of vanity.”
“Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.”
“I think if I was not in love, I would probably let myself go faster. Love gives me the vanity to continue.”
“I think male actors get confused by their own vanity.”
“I’m not motivated by vanity, glory or the quest for power.”
“Pride creates a noise within us which makes the quiet voice of the Spirit hard to hear. And soon, in our vanity, we no longer even listen for it. We can come quickly to think we don’t need it.”
“Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.”
“It’s good to like yourself, and that only comes from hard work, from doing. But vanity is dangerous; it can trip you badly.”
“I was really excited to get to shave my head – it’s something I’d wanted to do for a while and now I had a good excuse. It was nice to shed that level of vanity.”
“But, after all, we are a young nation, and vanity is a fault of youth.”
“Vanity metrics are the numbers you want to publish on TechCrunch to make your competitors feel bad.”
“Most of the time, the artists are not supposed to wear the fashion. It is always seen as a vanity. But I think I don’t need to prove anything in my life. I can honestly say I love fashion and I can be many things at the same time.”
“If I have one vanity wish, it would be to direct. It’s the only thing I haven’t done yet that I would like to.”
“I’m not sure if guys are supposed to read Vanity Fair. I feel very metrosexual with it but am not sure it’s in my comfort zone.”
“My parents put the New Yorker in my crib. I saw Vogue and Vanity Fair around the house before I could read.”
“I am simply not such a slave to my vanity, and I don’t want to be, because as you get older you really have to start accepting the inevitable.”
“I primarily have had my career in comedy, and that is something that I have never been too concerned about because I know there is really no room for vanity in comedy. Comedy comes from pain and it is a lot easier to empathize with somebody who is out of shape.”
“Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it make us vain, in fact, of our modesty.”
“I’m not invited to the Vanity Fair dinner where they watch the Oscars – or even the Oscars themselves – so I sit at home and watch it with a bunch of close friends.”
“You know, at 35 or at 38 or 40 you really start to see what your body could look like if you just don’t do anything all winter long. So that’s another motivating factor, our vanity.”
“The vanity of loving fine clothes and new fashion, and placing value on ourselves by them is one of the most childish pieces of folly.”
“I think the industry is oblivious to the fact that most people listen to all kinds of stuff. I personally don’t know of anyone who listens to only one genre of music. It’s vanity because no one does.”
“If I ever had any vanity, then I definitely lost it by being on television.”
“‘Vanity pages,’ is somewhat of a derogatory term; personal pages are still the heart of blogging, but now there are more topic-oriented blogs. It’s really about personal expression, and that’s just gotten bigger and broader.”
“I left Gorbachev’s office thinking that everything about him was outsized: his achievements, his mistakes, and, now, his vanity and bitterness.”
“The unforgivable political sin is vanity; the killer diet is sour grapes.”
“Vanity is a vital aid to nature: completely and absolutely necessary to life. It is one of nature’s ways to bind you to the earth.”
“The whole vanity aspect of building up different muscles – I have no interest.”
“Childhood doesn’t have to be perfect, and children don’t have to be beautiful. From a bit of grit may grow a pearl, and if pearl production doesn’t materialise, the outcome will still be preferable to the shallowness of vanity.”
“I have this theory that people in Hollywood don’t read. They read ‘Vanity Fair’ and then consider themselves terribly well read. I think I can basically write about anybody without getting caught.”
“Some women just skip having babies or adopt because they don’t want to get fat or they haven’t put in the time to find a partner. It’s great to adopt, but a lot of adoptions are motivated by vanity and laziness.”
“‘Vanity Fair’ caught me at a very exciting time in my life filled with night clubs, international fashion shows, celebrities and lots of cash to go around. Sometimes things just fall into place. ‘Vanity Fair’ was one of those things.”
“I don’t mind women who want to act. That’s fine. It’s odd that men want to act, in that there’s still a degree of vanity associated with it.”
“My most treasured item is the brown leather bag that my mum bought me from a little Italian shop for my 21st. It’s supposed to be a vanity bag, but I use it as a handbag.”
“There’s nothing so unattractive as vanity… particularly male vanity.”
“My vanity is not dead. I laugh when I see pictures of myself as I am now-maybe so I won’t cry, but just because it is really funny how much I’ve changed.”
“In our game, it’s your vanity that keeps you in shape. I’ve got a little gym set up, and I ride a single-speed bike up the hills behind my house. Lately I’ve been kind of a slacker. Usually it’s a film role that makes me start getting in shape. Between roles, I try to do a little maintenance, but I’m not a workout fanatic at all.”
“My vanity was flattered by having been mistaken for our revered sovereign. I ordered a banquet to be got ready for the following evening, under the trees before my house, and invited the whole town.”
“Vanity is as old as the mammoth.”
“Well, there are more writers of blogs right now than there are readers, so that’s clearly a vanity phenomenon.”
“When you eliminate vanity from an art form, and I would think that this would be any art form, what is left is an opportunity to be incredibly naked and truthful.”
“We did a ‘Vanity Fair’ spread for ‘The Hunger Games,’ and we were on set, and I saw a little head pop up from the tree. There were three teenage girls who snuck past security and made it into the forest.”
“Large parties given to very young children… foster the passions of vanity and envy, and produce a love of dress and display which is very repulsive in the character of a child.”
“I’m forever being told that I’m an odd-looking actress, so it’s great playing parts where there’s no vanity. You just look as rough as you possibly can!”
“I should have more vanity.”
“My father loved biographies. He loved the true tales of interesting people that were shaping our culture. I get why he dug ‘Vanity Fair.’ You feel smarter, somehow, for reading it.”
“It’s pure vanity that keeps me eating healthy, but I adore fried food and sugar.”
“What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and we exercise it because we are more fond of that vanity than of the thing we give.”
“Michael Lewis, author of ‘Moneyball,’ got special access for a profile of Obama for ‘Vanity Fair’ – but Obama insisted on redlining his quotes.”
“Cultures render their icons in their own image. Which comes down to vanity, in some sense.”
“We really care about photography at ‘Vanity Fair.’”
“What’s so great about working with really funny women is that vanity comes second. Whatever makes it real and funny, they’re going to go for, and it’s just great.”
“‘Vanity Fair’ did this grid thing a couple years ago, connecting people who’ve worked together, and I had the most branches on it or whatever, because I’d worked with so-and-so and so-and-so worked with so-and-so, and I was kind of in the middle.”
“I write all the time, but you just want to be careful what you put out. That’s all. You want to have the confidence that you’ve done what you need to do to it, because otherwise it’s an exercise in vanity.”
“The vanity of teaching doth oft tempt a man to forget that he is a blockhead.”
“The greatest thing that prepared me for editing ‘Vanity Fair’ was having four kids because you just learn to subjugate your ego with the greater interest in mind.”
“But here is the single greatest thing about the ‘Vanity Fair’ party: There are uniformed In-N-Out Burger employees circulating the room with trays of cheeseburgers all night long.”
“By the time I was successful with covers of ‘Vogue’ and ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ and ‘Vanity Fair’ and the Lancome contract, someone asked how old I was. They almost fainted when I said 33.”
“Working out has always been a stress reliever for me. I don’t know if it’s so much vanity as it more just keeps my mind from going crazy.”
“As a person I’m perfectly vain, I’m just vainer as an actor about my ability. My acting vanity trumps my human vanity.”
“My vanity is I’m terribly romantic! But being married is lovely.”
“There’s usually one piece in ‘Vanity Fair’ every month that grabs me, but when it presents hatchet jobs without substantiation to impress its liberal friends, I laugh first, then toss.”
“I wouldn’t say I’m vain – I’m just in a job where the way you look is important. Well, at least the facelift wasn’t vanity, but the hair was.”
“I have been vain since birth. I expected other people to like what I did, although my vanity has definitely diminished over the years.”
“My pain threshold is quite high when it comes to vanity.”
“I think it’s good that people value their bodies and take care of them. I think if you cross the line and begin using your body as an asset or as an extension of your vanity, you’ve gone too far.”
“When women smoke, it is hard for them to quit because they are so worried about their weight; it’s a vanity issue and a mindset.”
“For if there is anything to one’s praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse – why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!”
“Fashion is so close in revealing a person’s inner feelings and everybody seems to hate to lay claim to vanity so people tend to push it away. It’s really too close to the quick of the soul.”
“From time to time, just about every ‘Vanity Fair’ writer has a chance to sell rights to an article or a book to Hollywood.”
“I’ve loved ‘Vanity Fair’ since I was 16 years old. You know, we’re all colonial hangovers in India, steeped in English literature. It is one of these novels that I read under the covers at my convent boarding school in Simla.”
“I believe firmly that it was the Almighty’s goodness, to check my consummate vanity.”
“They said this is Vanity Fair, and I said, Oh, I already take the magazine. They said Annie Leibovitz wants to take your picture and I thought, How nice!”
“Speech writers are more vulnerable to vanity than any other group of people in Washington.”
“I don’t really lift weights. It’s kind of a vanity thing that I don’t get into.”
“My vanity is not remotely physical, it is cerebral. I suppose feeling self-conscious might be a form of vanity, though.”
“It’s pretty crazy. I was thinking about that today, how ‘True Blood’ has penetrated so much of the cultural zeitgeist. It’s truly amazing; it’s incredible! The cover of ‘Rolling Stone’ is major. What’s next, the cover of ‘Vanity Fair?’ When I’m in a ‘New Yorker’ cartoon, then I will feel like I have made it.”
“There’s a way of filming where you can get rid of the vanity and of trying to make something beautiful.”
“If I ever had any vanity, then I definitely lost it by being on television. It doesn’t do you any favours in terms of showing you what you look like and what your emotions are.”
“It’s a vanity to think that a legitimate shamanistic experience can be purchased.”
“I don’t read a lot of magazines, but when I’m traveling, I’ll pick up a copy of ‘Vanity Fair’ to read on the plane – it’s like a full meal! The articles are so good, especially the crime stories. Browsing the Web is more like snacking – but I live on snacks.”
“The happy story right now is the full page in Vanity Fair, which gives me a great deal of exposure.”
“For my type of story and my kind of writing, I think ‘Vanity Fair’ is the right forum.”
“I think something I’ve been drawn to about the people I work with is that they seem to be – like me – people who are a little insane, and have to make music. It’s not a choice they’re making for the sake of vanity – like it’s cool to be in a band.”
“A life being enacted onstage is a thing of utter fascination for me. And acting, it may begin out of vanity, but you hope that it’s taken over by something else. I hope I’ve climbed over the vanity hurdle.”

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