Vanity is only to be satisfied by gold in floods.[La vanité ne se satisfait que par des flots d’or.]
Thwarted passion and mortified vanity are great babblers.[Les passions trompées, les vanités froissées sont bavardes.]
The vanity of others is only counter to our taste when it is counter to our vanity.[Die Eitelkeit Andrer geht uns nur dann wider den Geschmack, wenn sie wider unsre Eitelkeit geht.]
When reflection, feeling, or whatever other form the subjective consciousness may assume, regards the present as vanity, and thinks itself to be beyond it and wiser, it finds itself in emptiness, and, as it has actuality only in the present, it is vanity throughout. Against the doctrine that the idea is a mere idea, figment or opinion, philosophy preserves the more profound view that nothing is real except the idea.
Vanity is a desire of personal glory, the wish to be appreciated, honoured, and run after, not because of one’s personal qualities, merits, and achievements, but because of one’s individual existence. At best, therefore, it is a frivolous beauty whom it befits.
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.
The sole folly of which one cannot disabuse a man who is not mad is vanity.[Il n’y a point de folie dont on ne puisse guérir un homme qui n’est pas fou, hors la vanité.]
Our vanity is most difficult to wound just when our pride has been wounded.[Unsre Eitelkeit ist gerade dann am schwersten zu verletzen, wenn eben unser Stolz verletzt wurde.]