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Vainly Quotes

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Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring,
you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.
- Walter Scott

Related topics: Nature

In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford
to be indulgent toward their rivals.
The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the
merit that vainly aspired to it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

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

The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate
substitute for self mastery.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

 

By mere burial man arrives not at bliss;
and in the future life,
throughout its whole infinite range,
they will seek for happiness as vainly as they sought it here,
who seek it in aught else than that which so closely surrounds them here -
the Infinite.
- Johann Gottlieb Fichte

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

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

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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

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

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

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

Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess
who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God.
- Thomas Kempis

I thought it was quite vain to say, I want to be a model.
- Kate Moss

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

Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
- W. H. Auden

The whole point of being an actor is to get satisfaction out of a role -
unless you're just vain about celebrity.
- Jonny Lee Miller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I don't believe things happen in vain.
I believe they happen for a reason.
- Tracey Gold

Whatever you do for the sole purpose of having others admire you,
your efforts will most likely be in vain.
- Dave Pelzer

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

It is in vain to hope to please all alike.
Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will,
he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.
- George Dennison Prentice

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

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

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

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

Few can believe that suffering, especially by others,
is in vain.
Anything that is disagreeable must surely have beneficial economic effects.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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

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

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

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

Nature does nothing in vain.
- Aristotle

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

Men are just as vain as women, and sometimes even more so.
- Helena Rubinstein

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

Death is not more certainly a separation of our souls
from our bodies than the Christian life is a separation
of our souls from worldly tempers,
vain indulgences, and unnecessary cares.
- William Law

Life and death are important.
Don't suffer them in vain.
- Bodhidharma

Our pleasance here is all vain glory,
This false world is but transitory.
- William Dunbar

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

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

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

And though all streams flow from a single course to
cleanse the blood from polluted hand,
they hasten on their course in vain.
- Aeschylus

How vain, without the merit, is the name.
- Homer

All Juleps are made for present use,
and therefore it is in vain to speak of their duration.
- Nicholas Culpeper

Christianity, democracy, science, education,
wealth, and the cumulative inheritance of a thousand years,
have not preserved us from the vain repetition of history.
- Ralph A. Cram

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

Everything is vain and tortures the spirit instead
of calming and satisfying it.
- Johann G. Hamann

An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence;
a vain man,
in order that it may.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

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

I wouldn't write anything autobiographical.
If you've lived a life like Laurence of Arabia,
it might be a consideration, but otherwise it's a little bit vain,
it seems to me.
- James Lee Burke

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

I'm not so vain as to believe that my involvement changes anything whatsoever.
- Danny Glover

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

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

About the use of language: it is impossible to sharpen
a pencil with a blunt axe.
It is equally vain to try to do it with ten blunt axes instead.
- Edsger Dijkstra

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

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

In outward show so splendid and so vain;
'tis but a gilded block without a brain.
- Phaedrus

It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics.
- Thomas Carlyle

If a war be undertaken...
before the resources of peace have been tried and proved vain to secure it,
that war has no defense, it is a national crime.
- Charles Eliot Norton


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