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Quotes About Vanities

How had he believed that nameless, faceless orgasms would ever satisfy him? Hed spent his life worshipping at the altar of a silent, absent god who promised everything but delivered something fleeting that always left him wanting. Hed trafficked in lust masquerading as eros. But nothing had been further from reality. Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.
— Sylvain Reynard —

Man may think human intellect and reasoning are almighty, that the brain is able to comprehend all truths of the world; but the verdict of God's Word is, vanity of vanities.

— Watchman Nee

Shame is the fruit of my vanities, and remorse, and the clearest knowledge of how the world's delight is a brief dream.

— Francesco Petrarca

I am vain, or once was, and one of my vanities was to feign that I was not.

— Lionel Shriver

I'm afraid of; that one day, I will only see more and more vanities in the world.

— Kristian Goldmund Aumann

Bonfire of the Vanities: The lesson of that book is, never start believing your own press.

— Charles James

I went to Cal Arts and AFI, and I worked on 'Bonfire Of The Vanities.' I got this grant from the Academy to be Brian De Palma's apprentice director. And it was such a harrowing, disillusioning, awful experience.

— Douglas Rushkoff

(John) Adams acknowledged that he had made himself obnoxious to many of his colleagues, who regarded him as a one-man bonfire of the vanities. This never troubled Adams, who in his more contrarian moods claimed that his unpopularity provided clinching evidence that his position was principled, because it was obvious that he was not courting popular opinion. His alienation, therefore, was a measure of his integrity.

— Joseph J. Ellis

The rationalism of the creative minds was tempered by abundant fantasies, and the supreme beauty of the monuments was probably spoiled by the circumambient vanities and ugliness; in a few cases the Greeks came as close to perfection as it was possible to do, yet they were human and imperfect.

— George Sarton

So I want to identify, if I can, the most important thing that we discover in life. At least, it is the most important thing that I have discovered. I will share it with you, like a precious jewel, fit for this occasion. I refer to love. Love for one another. Love for our community. Love for others everywhere in the world. Love transcends even scholarship, cleverness and university degrees. It is greater than pride and wealth. It endures when worldly vanities fade ...

— Michael Kirby

Such is the way of all superstition, whether in astrology, dreams, omens, divine judgments, or the like; wherein men, having a delight in such vanities, mark the events where they are fulfilled, but where they fail, though this happen much oftener.

— Francis Bacon

The deeper I go in considering the vanities of popular reasoning, the lighter and more foolish I find them. What greater stupidity can be imagined than that of calling jewels, silver, and gold "precious," and earth and soil "base"?

— Galileo Galilei

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