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Vain Quotes

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Often the hands will solve a mystery
that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
- Carl Jung

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology

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

If we hope for what we are not likely to possess,
we act and think in vain,
and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.
- Joseph Addison

Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain.
To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid.
- Carlos Castaneda

 

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.
- Demosthenes

We will bankrupt ourselves in
the vain search for absolute security.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Examples would indeed be excellent things were not
people so modest that none will set,
and so vain that none will follow them.
- Augustus Hare

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper
to love has roused him in vain.
- Jessamyn West

Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll.
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain.
Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore.
- Lord Byron

Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
- Friedrich Schiller

To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for,
the thing before which every ambition of man is folly
and all lower achievement vain.
- Henry Drummond

But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain.
- Theodor Adorno

Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll;
charms strike the sight,
but merit wins the soul.
- Alexander Pope

It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer.
- William of Occam

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

One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make
is to look at the real world and cling to the vain
hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it.
- Galen Rowell

Yet with great toil all that I can attain by long experience,
and in learned schools, is for to know my knowledge is but vain,
and those that think them wise, are greatest fools.
- William Alexander

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

To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased
with the effect he produces on other people.
- Max Beerbohm

Looks are temporary and don't mirror what's inside.
And usually, a great looking man is so vain.
Maybe most good-looking women are too.
I hope I'm not!
- Dorothy Stratten

Most men remember obligations, but are not often likely to be grateful;
the proud are made sour by the remembrance and the vain silent.
- William Gilmore Simms

Pavarotti is not vain, but conscious of being unique.
- Peter Ustinov

Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust,
greed and anger.
- Abu Bakr

Men are but children of a larger growth,
Our appetites as apt to change as theirs,
And full as craving too, and full as vain.
- Diane Arbus

Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest
every act in life as though it were thy last.
- Aristotle

He who seeks for methods without having a definite
problem in mind seeks in the most part in vain.
- David Hilbert

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

It is vain to expect a well-balanced government without a well-balanced society.
- Gideon Welles

Some think the worst horrors of war might be avoided
by an international agreement not to use atomic bombs.
This is a vain hope.
- John Boyd Orr

If God had not intended that Women shou'd use their Reason,
He wou'd not have given them any, 'for He does nothing in vain.'
- Mary Astell

Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers,
then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.
- Adam Clayton

Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Concerning God, freewill and destiny:
Of all that earth has been or yet may be,
all that vain men imagine or believe,
or hope can paint or suffering may achieve,
we descanted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Poetry, it is often said and loudly so,
is life's true mirror.
But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates.
- Franz Grillparzer

Accuracy is, in every case, advantageous to beauty,
and just reasoning to delicate sentiment.
In vain would we exalt the one by depreciating the other.
- David Hume

Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.
- Jane Austen

It is vain to talk of the interest of the community,
without understanding what is the interest of the individual.
- Jeremy Bentham

Affliction is not sent in vain, young man,
from that good God, who chastens whom he loves.
- Robert Southey

I'm glad I haven't lived in vain.
- Saul Bellow

It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind;
it is only by defying it that the brave escape.
- Voltaire

If we have a heart for the magnitudes of life,
it will not seem vain to believe that God Himself should guard it.
- George A. Smith

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain.
- Emily Dickinson

With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.
- Friedrich Schiller

The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain,
disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday.
- Theodor Adorno

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

No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers
answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.
- Andre Breton

A mighty pain to love it is, and 'tis a pain that pain to miss;
but of all the pains,
the greatest pain is to love, but love in vain.
- Abraham Crowley

I have not written in vain if I have heretofore done
anything towards diminishing the reputation of the
Renaissance landscape painting.
- John Ruskin

It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard,
if we do not strive as well as pray.
- Aesop

How vain it is to sit down to write
when you have not stood up to live.
- Henry David Thoreau

The praise that comes from love does not make us vain,
but more humble.
- James M. Barrie

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

Half of the secular unrest and dismal,
profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain
ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.
- Henry Van Dyke

A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself;
a modest man does not talk of himself.
- Jean de la Bruyere

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain,
egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous;
on the contrary it makes them,
for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.
- W. Somerset Maugham

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity:
they must have action;
and they will make it if they cannot find it.
- Jacob Bronowski

To be a man's own fool is bad enough,
but the vain man is everybody's.
- William Penn

All other ways of mortification are vain,
all helps leave us helpless, it must be done by the Spirit.
- John Owen

In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws
and draw entrenchments around our institutions.
- James McHenry

And weep the more, because I weep in vain.
- Thomas Gray

We must not indulge in unfavorable views of mankind,
since by doing it we make bad men believe they are no worse than others,
and we teach the good that they are good in vain.
- Walter Winchell

The promises of this world are, for the most part,
vain phantoms; and to confide in one's self,
and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.
- Michelangelo

Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.
- Edmund Waller

Because just as arms have no force outside if there
is no counsel within a house,
study is vain and counsel useless that is not put to
virtuous effect when the time calls.
- Francois Rabelais

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

World's use is cold, world's love is vain,
world's cruelty is bitter bane; but is not the fruit of pain.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge,
for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
- Khalil Gibran

It is in vain that we would circumscribe the power of one half of our race,
and that half by far the most important and influential.
- Frances Wright


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