Vanity, fame, popularity, pride

Quotations: Vanity, fame, popularity, pride

What someone is, begins to be revealed when his talent abates, when he stops showing us what he can do.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures.
— Horace Greeley, American journalist and educator (1811-1872)

Character is that which can do without success.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet (1803-1882)

In a time of social fragmentation, vulgarity becomes a way of life. To be shocking becomes more important—and often more profitable—than to be civil or creative or truly original.
— Al Gore, politician and U.S. vice president (b. 1948)

The difficulty is to know conscience from self-interest.
— William Dean Howells, American journalist and novelist (1837-1920)

Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other.
— Denis Diderot, French philosopher, Encyclopedist and writer (1713-1784

Flattery makes friends, truth enemies.
— Spanish proverb

He who has lost confidence can lose nothing more.
— Boiste

In general, men are ungrateful and fickle, dissemblers, avoiders of danger and greedy of gain.
— Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine dramatist, political analyst and adviser (1469-1527)

It is silly to go on pretending that under the skin we are brothers. The truth is more likely that under the skin we are all cannibals, assassins, traitors, liars and hypocrites.
— Henry Miller, American novelist (1891-1980)

The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it Refusing to set aside trivial preferences Neglecting development and refinement of the mind and not acquiring the habit of reading and studying Attempting to compel other persons to believe and live as we do.
— Ciceros Six Mistakes of Man (according to Arthur F. Lenehan)

Those who give too much attention to trifling things become generally incapable of great ones.
— François duc de la Rochefoucauld, French epigrammatist (1613-1680)

Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect, they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries.
— Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher, statesman and writer (1883-1955)

If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us saintly. But since we see that avarice, anger, pride and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little, even at the risk of being heroes.
— Sir Thomas More in the movie A Man For All Seasons (1966, screenplay by Robert Bolt)

I don’t like people who are in politics for themselves and not for others. You want that, you can go into show business.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

I get so tired of listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there. It’s so petty.
— Imelda Marcos, 20th-century Filipina First Lady (married to Ferdinand Marcos)

It’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

Our energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets. We attempt nothing great but from a sense of the difficulties we have to encounter, we persevere in nothing great but from a pride in overcoming them.
— William Hazlitt, English essayist and literary critic (1778-1830)

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
— Calvin Coolidge, 30th American president (1872-1933)

We talk on principle but we act on interest.
— William Savage Landor, English author (1775-1864)

Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves.
— Bonaro Overstreet, American poet and psychologist (1902-1985)

Envy someone an’ it pulls you down. Admire them and it builds you up. Which makes more sense?
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

The problem with property is that it takes so much of your time.
— Willem de Kooning, Dutch-American painter (1904-1997)

Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic disease of the 20th century.
— Alexandr Solzhenitzyn, Russian novelist and historian (b. 1918)

Take what you can use and let the rest go by.
— Ken Kesey, American novelist (1935-2001)

Less is more.
— Mies van der Rohe, Dutch-American Modernist architect (1886-1969)

Less is a bore.
— Robert Venturi, American post-Modernist architect (b. 1925)

Make a virtue of necessity.
— Geoffrey Chaucer, English author (c. 1342-1400)

You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?
— Steven Wright, American humorist (b. 1955)

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
— Bible, Matthew 5:5

Do not sound a trumpet before thee as the hypocrites d …that they may have glory from men….But when thou doest alms let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.
— Bible, Matthew 6:1-4

The farther a man knows himself to be free from perfection, the nearer he is to it.
— Gerard Groote, Dutch religious reformer (1340-1384)

He who thinks he has no faults has one.
— Unknown

The greatest truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest men.
— J.C. Hare, English clergyman and writer (1796-1855)

Simplicity of character is no hindrance to the subtlety of intellect.
— John Morley, British statesman and writer (1838-1923)

Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people’s vanity, ignorance or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse.
— Janet Malcolm, American journalist and author (b. 1934), in The Journalist and the Murderer

Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space.
— Diana Black

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.
— C.S. Lewis, British novelist and scholar (1898-1963)

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important…They do not mean to do harm…They are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves
— T.S. Eliot, Anglo-American poet (1888-1965)

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.
— Dale Carnegie, American motivational writer (1888-1955)

Nothing is so commonplace as to wish to be remarkable.
— Unknown

If you let your head get too big, it’ll break your neck.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
— Adlai Stevenson II, American politician, presidential candidate (1900-1965)

When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
— Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American humorist, author and journalist (1835-1910)

I value solid popularity—the esteem of good men for good action. I despise the bubble popularity that is won without merit and lost without crime.
— Thomas Hart Benton, American writer and U.S. senator from Missouri (1782-1858)

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
— Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, inventor and statesman (1706-1790)

When I hear a man applauded by the mob I always feel a pang of pity for him. All he has to do to be hissed is to live long enough.
— H. L. Mencken, American journalist and humorist (1880-1956)

Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.
— Joseph Conrad (Josef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski), Polish-English author (1857-1924)

No man is a hero to his valet.
— Mme. A.M. Bigot de Cornuel, Parisian hostess and woman of letters (1614-1694)

He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes; he who asks no questions stays a fool forever.
— Chinese proverb

The greatest evidence of demoralization is the respect paid to wealth.
— French proverb