| It beareth the name of Vanity Fair, because the town where it is kept is lighter than vanity.|
BunyanPilgrims Progress. Pt. I.
|Oh, wad some power the giftie gie us|
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
And foolish notion.
BurnsTo a Louse.
|Ecclesiastes said that all is vanity,|
Most modern preachers say the same, or show it
By their examples of true Christianity:
In short, all know, or very soon may know it.
ByronDon Juan. Canto VII. St. 6.
|Soothd with the sound, the king grew vain:|
Fought all his battles oer again;
And thrice he routed all his foes, and thrice he slew the slain.
DrydenAlexanders Feast. L. 66.
|Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.|
Ecclesiastes. I. 2; XII. 8.
|All is vanity and vexation of spirit.|
Ecclesiastes. I. 14.
| Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.|
George EliotDaniel Deronda. Bk. I. Ch. X.
|How many saucy airs we meet,|
From Temple Bar to Aldgate street!
GayThe Barley-Mow and Dunghill. L. 1.
|Vain? Let it be so! Nature was her teacher,|
What if a lovely and unsistered creature
Loved her own harmless gift of pleasing feature.
HolmesIris, Her Book. The Professor at the Breakfast-Table. X.
|On parle peu quand la vanité ne fait pas parler.|
We say little if not egged on by vanity.
La RochefoucauldMaximes. 137.
| Ce qui nous rend la vanité des autres insupportable, cest quelle blesse la nôtre.|
That which makes the vanity of others unbearable to us is that which wounds our own.
La RochefoucauldMaximes. 389.
|Vanitas vanitatum has rung in the ears|
Of gentle and simple for thousands of years;
The wail still is heard, yet its notes never scare
Either simple or gentle from Vanity Fair.
Frederick Locker-LampsonVanity Fair.
|What is your sexs earliest, latest care,|
Your hearts supreme ambition? To be fair.
Lord LyttletonAdvice to a Lady. L. 17.
|And not a vanity is given in vain.|
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. II. L. 290.
|Here files of pins extend their shining rows,|
Puffs, powders, patches, bibles, billet-doux.
PopeRape of the Lock. Canto I. L. 137.
|Every man at his best state is altogether vanity.|
Psalms. XXXIX. 5.
| Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance they are altogether lighter than vanity.|
Psalms. LXII. 9.
|Where doth the world thrust forth a vanity|
* * * * * *
That is not quickly buzzd into his ears?
Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 24.
|Light vanity, insatiate cormorant,|
Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.
Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 38.
|Hoy-day, what a sweep of vanity comes this way!|
Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 137.
| Il est difficile destimer quelquun comme il veut lêtre.|
It is difficult to esteem a man as highly as he would wish.
|Maud Muller looked and sighed: Ah me!|
That I the Judges bride might be!
He would dress me up in silks so fine,
And praise and toast me at his wine.
WhittierMaud Muller. L. 35.
|Meek Natures evening comment on the shows|
That for oblivion take their daily birth
From all the fuming vanities of earth.
WordsworthSonnet. Sky. Prospect from the Plain of France.