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My vanity was flattered by having been mistaken ...
by Adelbert von Chamisso

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.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

Because it appears to me a hazardous thing to exchange my soul for my shadow.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

I ordered gold in the meantime to be showered down
without ceasing among the happy multitude.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

A person without a shadow should keep out of the sun,
that is the only safe and rational plan.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

 

In this watering-place I acted an heroic character,
badly studied; and being a novice on such a stage,
I forgot my part before a pair of lovely blue eyes.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

My first care the following morning was,
to devise some means of discovering the man in the grey cloak.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

Of what use were wings to a man fast bound in chains of iron?
- Adelbert von Chamisso

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All possible means were used by the infatuated parents to conclude the bargain;
and deception put an end to these usual artifices.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

When I spoke, I was listened to; and I was at a loss
to know how I had so easily acquired the art of commanding attention,
and giving the tone to the conversation.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

After a prosperous, but to me very wearisome,
voyage, we came at last into port.
Immediately on landing I got together my few effects;
and,
squeezing myself through the crowd, went into the nearest
and humblest inn which first met my gaze.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

The word majesty was now dropped; but,
with the deepest respect and humility,
I was addressed as the count.
What could I do? I accepted the title,
and from that moment I was known as Count Peter.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

This man, although he appeared so humble and embarrassed in his air and manners,
and passed so unheeded, had inspired me with such a
feeling of horror by the unearthly paleness of his countenance,
from which I could not avert my eyes,
that I was unable longer to endure it.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

I will give you three days to seek your shadow.
Return to me in the course of that time with a well-fitted shadow,
and you shall receive a hearty welcome;
otherwise,
on the fourth day - remember, on the fourth day -
my daughter becomes the wife of another.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

On recovering my senses, I hastened to quit a place
where I hoped there was nothing further to detain me.
I first filled my pockets with gold,
then fastened the strings of the purse round my neck,
and concealed it in my bosom.
- Adelbert von Chamisso

Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular;
but one must take it BECAUSE it is right.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If boyhood and youth are but vanity,
must it not be our ambition to become men?
- Vincent Van Gogh

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.
- Van Wyck Brooks

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed,
one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.
- Garrison Keillor

I believe firmly that it was the Almighty's goodness,
to check my consummate vanity.
- Lord Mountbatten

The happy story right now is the full page in Vanity Fair,
which gives me a great deal of exposure.
- Jackie DeShannon

Censorship is the height of vanity.
- Martha Graham

Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.
- Jane Austen

But, after all, we are a young nation,
and vanity is a fault of youth.
- Rebecca H. Davis

Vanity is but the surface.
- Blaise Pascal

Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity.
- Jean de la Bruyere

The world is all a carcass and vanity,
The shadow of a shadow, a play And in one word,
just nothing.
- Michel de Montaigne

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.
- Christina Rossetti

If there is a single quality that is shared by all great men,
it is vanity.
- Yousuf Karsh

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.
- E. M. Forster

Well, there are more writers of blogs right now than there are readers,
so that's clearly a vanity phenomenon.
- John Doerr

Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness
is under a love which it cannot return.
- George Eliot

The only cure for vanity is laughter,
and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.
- Henri Bergson

A pretty wife is something for the fastidious vanity
of a rougue to retire upon.
- Thomas Moore

The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence;
and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

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

How can anybody learn anything from an artwork when
the piece of art only reflects the vanity of the artist and not reality?
- Lou Reed

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.
- Natalie Portman

The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.
- Miguel de Cervantes

The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures,
and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures,
cause inconstancy.
- Blaise Pascal

You must renounce all superficiality,
all convention, all vanity and delusion.
- Gustav Mahler

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.
- Elizabeth Smart

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.
- John Keats

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.
- Abraham Cowley

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.
- Loni Anderson

Vanity is as old as the mammoth.
- W. L. George

Religion which is interested only in itself,
in its prestige and success, in its institutions and ecclesiastical niceties,
is worse than vanity; it is essentially incestuous.
- S. H. Miller

Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity,
and their love to feed their pride.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

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.
- Dylan Thomas

Now, being on the cover of Vanity Fair is as important
as being in great movies.
The lines are very, very blurred.
- Jason Patric

The vanity of teaching doth oft tempt a man to forget that he is a blockhead.
- George Savile

Vanity is the quicksand of reason.
- George Sand

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

Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

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).
- Dawn Powell

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.
- David Herbert Lawrence

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.
- Dave Blood

I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.
- Diana Vreeland

Vanity is my favourite sin.
- Al Pacino

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.
- Stone Gossard

Pampered vanity is a better thing perhaps than starved pride.
- Joanna Baillie

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.
- DeWitt Clinton

The English are predisposed to pride,
the French to vanity.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.
- Samuel Butler

Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride.
- Jonathan Swift

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous
vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
- Logan P. Smith

The man of life upright has a guiltless heart,
free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity.
- Thomas Carlyle

Vanity can easily overtake wisdom.
It usually overtakes common sense.
- Julian Casablancas

There is something wrong about being photographed that
has nothing to do with vanity.
- Nigella Lawson

There is perhaps no more obvious vanity than to write of it so vainly.
- Michel de Montaigne

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.
- Jean Rostand


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