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  • If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. -- Emily Dickinson
  • It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. -- Charlotte Bronte
  • 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. -- Jane Austen
  • That we we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. -- Abraham Lincoln
  • I have been vain since birth. -- Wallace Shawn
  • Life and death are important. Don't suffer them in vain. -- Bodhidharma
  • Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain. -- Jane Austen
  • Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud. -- W. H. Auden
  • Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner. -- Oscar Wilde
  • Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul. -- Alexander Pope
  • Live for yourself and you will live in vain; Live for others, and you will live again. -- Bob Marley
  • If we have not peace within ourselves, it is in vain to seek it from outward sources. -- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • Sweet is true love that is given in vain, and sweet is death that takes away pain. -- Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for. -- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
  • How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. -- Henry David Thoreau
  • All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. -- George Orwell
  • The common practice of keeping up appearances with society is a mere selfish struggle of the vain with the vain. -- John Ruskin
  • To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. -- Max Beerbohm
  • Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed. -- Leo Rosten
  • 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
  • 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
  • I am intrigued by glamorous women A vain woman is continually taking out a compact to repair her makeup. A glamorous woman knows she doesn't need to. -- Clark Gable
  • A mighty pain to love it is, And 'tis a pain that pain to miss; But, of all pains, the greatest pain Is to love, but love in vain. -- Abraham Cowley
  • In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. -- Jane Austen
  • Vain wisdom all, and false philosophy. -- John Milton
  • Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake. -- Quintilian
  • Vain, weak-built isthmus, which dost proudly rise Up between two eternities! -- Abraham Cowley
  • Vain, very vain is my search to find; that happiness which only centers in the mind. -- Oliver Goldsmith
  • I do not propose to add anything to what has already been written concerning the loss of the "Lady Vain." -- H. G. Wells
  • Vain indeed is all overweening pride in the conquest even of the entire universe if one has not conquered one's own passions. -- Sri Aurobindo
  • Vain are the thousand creeds That move men's hearts, unutterably vain; Worthless as withered weeds, Or idlest froth amid the boundless main. -- Emily Bronte
  • Vain-glorious men are the scorn of the wise, the admiration of fools, the idols of paradise, and the slaves of their own vaunts. -- Francis Bacon
  • Vain the ambition of kings Who seek by trophies and dead things To leave a living name behind, And weave but nets to catch the wind. -- John Webster
  • All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action. -- Demosthenes
  • Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain. -- Edmund Waller
  • Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust, greed and anger. -- Abu Bakr
  • No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men. -- Thomas Carlyle
  • 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
  • Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God. -- Thomas a Kempis
  • 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
  • With fools, there is no companionship. Rather than to live with men who are selfish, vain, quarrelsome, and obstinate, let a man walk alone. -- Buddha
  • I've made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven't lived in vain. -- Muhammad Ali
  • 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
  • It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility; they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. -- Charlotte Bronte
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • One cannot long remain so absorbed in contemplation of emptiness without being increasingly attracted to it. In vain, one bestows on it the name of infinity; this does not change its nature. -- Emile Durkheim
  • Women have seldom sufficient employment to silence their feelings; a round of little cares, or vain pursuits frittering away all strength of mind and organs, they become naturally only objects of sense. -- Mary Wollstonecraft
  • 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
  • The haunting of history is ever present in Barcelona. I see cities as organisms, as living creatures. To me, Madrid is a man and Barcelona is a woman. And it's a woman who's extremely vain. -- Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow. -- Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Many have a vague idea that they must make some wonderful effort in order to gain the favor of God. But all self-dependence is vain. It is only by connecting with Jesus through faith that the sinner becomes a hopeful, believing child of God. -- Ellen G. White
  • You know, Castle, like anyone else, is a human being first. If you take a human being - especially a vain one like 'Castle' -and you bring in a gorgeous woman and have sparks fly, who can help themselves? What are you gonna do? Sparks happen! -- Nathan Fillion
  • real beauty is never vain. -- Ellen Buckingham Mathews
  • I'm not vain, I'm insecure. -- Mariah Carey
  • Nature does nothing in vain. -- Aristotle
  • I'm vain because I'm imperfect. -- Pete Doherty
  • Emperors are vain and useless things. -- Scott Westerfeld
  • Laws without morals are in vain. -- Benjamin Franklin
  • Nature has made nothing in vain. -- Delarivier Manley
  • For monarchs seldom sigh in vain. -- Walter Scott
  • Belief unconfirmed by experiment is vain. -- Francesco Redi
  • Against boredom even gods struggle in vain. -- Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Clich├ęs so often befall vain people. -- Ann Beattie
  • Violence is just, where kindness is vain. -- Pierre Corneille
  • Against stupidity, God Himself fights in vain. -- Friedrich Schiller
  • Who talks much, must talk in vain. -- John Gay
  • I'm glad I haven't lived in vain. -- Saul Bellow
  • An old dog barks not in vain. -- George Herbert
  • Nature makes nothing incomplete, and nothing in vain. -- Aristotle
  • The vain being is the really solitary being. -- Berthold Auerbach
  • Do not desire your neighbor's wife in vain. -- Julian Tuwim
  • And panting Time toil'd after him in vain. -- Samuel Johnson
  • Not vain the weakest, if their force unite. -- Homer
  • Without the Gospel everything is useless and vain. -- John Calvin
  • How vain, without the merit, is the name. -- Homer
  • Sweet is true love, though given in vain. -- Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Do not waste this life in vain pursuits. -- Isaac of Nineveh
  • Mistress-like, its brilliance vain, highly capricious and inane... -- Alexander Pushkin
  • Look what a little vain dust we are! -- Joseph Addison
  • And not a vanity is given in vain. -- Alexander Pope
  • Against boredom the gods themselves fight in vain. -- Friedrich Nietzsche
  • For good undone, and gifts misspent, and resolutions vain -- Adam Lindsay Gordon
  • Ambition, idly vain; revenge and malice swell her train. -- Roger Penrose
  • Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain. -- Friedrich Schiller
  • I do not allow myself vain regrets or foreboding. -- Mary Boykin Chesnut
  • Opinion is a light, vain, crude, and imperfect thing. -- Ben Jonson
  • Blasphemous words betray the vain foolishness of the speaker. -- Philip Sidney
  • Pavarotti is not vain, but conscious of being unique. -- Peter Ustinov
  • Without common sense, all thine efforts are in vain. -- Rudolf Steiner
  • Pavarotti is not vain, but conscious of being unique -- Peter Ustinov
  • Heaven and earth fight in vain against a dunce! -- Friedrich Schiller
  • To so perverse a sex all grace is vain. -- John Dryden
  • I'm vain enough to want do a movie again. -- Gwen Stefani
  • The wise needn't ask, the fool asks in vain. -- Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Unless what we do is useful, glory is vain -- Latin Proverb
  • And weep the more, because I weep in vain. -- Thomas Gray
  • Only against death does man cry out in vain. -- Malcolm Lowry
  • May I not seem to have lived in vain. -- Tycho Brahe
  • You are vain and wicked- as a genius should be. -- Gunter Grass
  • Like other self-educated men, he was vain of his vocabulary. -- Ross MacDonald
  • But vain to popularize profundities, and all truth is profound. -- Herman Melville
  • All art preserves mysteries which aesthetic philosophers tackle in vain. -- Anthony Burgess
  • They never sought in vain that sought the Lord alright! -- Robert Burns
  • Whilst I yet live, let me not live in vain. -- Joseph Addison
  • Only vain people wage war against the vanity of others. -- Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
  • Royalty consists not in vain pomp, but in great virtues -- Agesilaus II
  • Liberty a word without which all other words are vain. -- Robert Green Ingersoll
  • I've been accused of being very vain about my apathy. -- Bret Easton Ellis
  • That power is in vain which is never in use. -- Benjamin Whichcote
  • Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain. -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Or hast thou known the world so long in vain? -- John Dryden
  • In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain. -- Friedrich Nietzsche
  • When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain. -- William Shakespeare
  • We waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day. -- William Shakespeare
  • In the mountains of wisdom no climbing is in vain. -- Nhat Hanh
  • Most Hollywood men are too vain and shallow for me. -- Alley Mills
  • It is vain futility to analyze the algebra of time. -- Dejan Stojanovic
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