It is very queer, but not the less true, that people are generally quite as vain, or even more so, of their deficiencies than of their available gifts.
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The House of the Seven Gables
Half the harm that is done in this world
Is due to people who want to feel important.
They don't mean to do harm but the harm does not interest them.
Or they do not see it, or they justify it
Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle
To think well of themselves.
T. S. ELIOT, The Cocktail Party
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, Pride and Prejudice
Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.
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