| Vain as a peacock.|
| Vain as chasing a bug in the dark.|
| Vain as the leaf upon the stream.|
| Vain as the promises of a patent medicine advertisement.|
| Vain as to water the plant when the root is dead.|
| Vain as a rattle in a babys clutch.|
Henry B. Binns
| Vain as the passing gale.|
As for a brook to cope with oceans flood.
| As organ plaiers, vnlesse some body blowe vnto them the windie bellowes, do make no sound at all: Euen so, vaine men, vnless they be pricked forward, with commendations and praises of others, haue neuer any minde, or purpose to lend themselves to any good action.|
Anthonie Fletcher (Certain Very Proper and Profitable Similes, 1595)
| Vain as Niobe.|
Foundling Hospital for Wit, 1743
| Vain as the sick mans vow, or young mans sigh.|
|Vain as the summers glowing spoils|
Flung oer an early bier.
Thomas Kibble Hervey
| Vain your feeble cry,|
As the babes wailings to the thundering sky.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
| Vain as a sick mans dream.|
| Vain as swords|
Against the enchased crocodiles.
as to attempt to erase what|
Time has written with the Judgment Blood.
| Vain and unprofitable, as is the sunshine to a dead mans eyes.|
Henry Hart Milman
| Vain as to strike an axe on a rock.|
|Vain as a leaf from a tree,|
As a fading day,
As veriest vanity,
As the froth and the spray
Of the hollow-billowed sea,
As what was and shall not be,
As what is and passes away.
Christina Gabriel Rossetti
| Vain as an idiots dream.|
| Vain as to count the April drops of rain.|
| Vain as a dead mans vision.|
Algernon Charles Swinburne
| Words as vain as wind.|
| Vain as a girl.|
William Makepeace Thackeray
| Troubles of this world are vain as billows in a tossing sea.|
| Vain as a Frenchman newly returned from a campaign.|
| Vain as a gaudy-minded man.|