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Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge. - Iris Murdoch

The common practice of keeping up appearances with society is a mere selfish struggle of the vain with the vain. - John Ruskin

The vanity of men, a constant insult to women, is also the ground for the implicit feminine claim of superior sensitivity and morality. - Patricia Meyer Spacks

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

There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth. - Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share they have of it themselves; but I give it fair quarter, wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of good to the possessor, and to others who are within his sphere of 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 life. - Benjamin Franklin

If there is a single quality that is shared by all great men, it is vanity. But I mean by "vanity" only that they appreciate their own worth. Without this kind of vanity they would not be great. And with vanity alone, of course, a man is nothing. - Yousef Karsh

Throughout the centuries, man has considered himself beautiful. I rather suppose that man only believes in his own beauty out of pride; that he is not really beautiful and he suspects this himself; for why does he look on the face of his fellow-man with such scorn? - Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont

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