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Often the hands will solve a mystery
that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
- Carl Jung

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms,
the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven,
and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.
- Akhenaton

Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain.
To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid.
- Carlos Castaneda

 

If we hope for what we are not likely to possess,
we act and think in vain,
and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.
- Joseph Addison

About the use of language: it is impossible to sharpen
a pencil with a blunt axe.
It is equally vain to try to do it with ten blunt axes instead.
- Edsger Dijkstra

It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer.
- William of Occam

Pavarotti is not vain, but conscious of being unique.
- Peter Ustinov

Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Living Life Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise,
Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise;
Pass,
therefore, not today in vain, For it will never come again.
- Omar Khayyam

The whole point of being an actor is to get satisfaction out of a role -
unless you're just vain about celebrity.
- Jonny Lee Miller

Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust,
greed and anger.
- Abu Bakr

I'm not so vain as to believe that my involvement changes anything whatsoever.
- Danny Glover

Men are just as vain as women, and sometimes even more so.
- Helena Rubinstein

We must not indulge in unfavorable views of mankind,
since by doing it we make bad men believe they are no worse than others,
and we teach the good that they are good in vain.
- Walter Winchell

We will bankrupt ourselves in
the vain search for absolute security.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.
- Friedrich Schiller

I have not written in vain if I have heretofore done
anything towards diminishing the reputation of the
Renaissance landscape painting.
- John Ruskin

It is in vain that we would circumscribe the power of one half of our race,
and that half by far the most important and influential.
- Frances Wright

To be a man's own fool is bad enough,
but the vain man is everybody's.
- William Penn

How vain, without the merit, is the name.
- Homer

And they write innumerable books; being too vain and distracted for silence:
seeking every one after his own elevation,
and dodging his emptiness.
- T. S. Eliot

How vain it is to sit down to write
when you have not stood up to live.
- Henry David Thoreau

Because just as arms have no force outside if there
is no counsel within a house,
study is vain and counsel useless that is not put to
virtuous effect when the time calls.
- Francois Rabelais

Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll;
charms strike the sight,
but merit wins the soul.
- Alexander Pope

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain,
egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous;
on the contrary it makes them,
for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.
- W. Somerset Maugham

He who seeks for methods without having a definite
problem in mind seeks in the most part in vain.
- David Hilbert

Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess
who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God.
- Thomas Kempis

Nature does nothing in vain.
- Aristotle

And though all streams flow from a single course to
cleanse the blood from polluted hand,
they hasten on their course in vain.
- Aeschylus

Half of the secular unrest and dismal,
profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain
ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.
- Henry Van Dyke

No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers
answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.
- Andre Breton

We take our international responsibilities very seriously
and will not withdraw our troops from Iraq...
Otherwise, the victims of terror in Madrid will have died in vain.
- Marek Belka

I think the best actors are the most generous,
the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain,
greedy and insecure.
- Kenneth Branagh

No great man lives in vain.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
- Thomas Carlyle

A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain,
while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls
slipping from a broken string.
- George Dennison Prentice

The generality have considered that disease is but
a confused and disordered effort in Nature,
thrown down from her proper state, and defending herself in vain.
- Thomas Sydenham

To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased
with the effect he produces on other people.
- Max Beerbohm

In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws
and draw entrenchments around our institutions.
- James McHenry

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge,
for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
- Khalil Gibran

I will give you a definition of a proud man:
he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled
with hatreds cannot be vain,
neither can he be wise.
- John Keats

Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
- Friedrich Schiller

In outward show so splendid and so vain;
'tis but a gilded block without a brain.
- Phaedrus

Everything is vain and tortures the spirit instead
of calming and satisfying it.
- Johann G. Hamann

One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make
is to look at the real world and cling to the vain
hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it.
- Galen Rowell

To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for,
the thing before which every ambition of man is folly
and all lower achievement vain.
- Henry Drummond

Our pleasance here is all vain glory,
This false world is but transitory.
- William Dunbar

Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.
- Jane Austen

All Juleps are made for present use,
and therefore it is in vain to speak of their duration.
- Nicholas Culpeper

Life and death are important.
Don't suffer them in vain.
- Bodhidharma

Some think the worst horrors of war might be avoided
by an international agreement not to use atomic bombs.
This is a vain hope.
- John Boyd Orr

In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
- George Eliot

A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself;
a modest man does not talk of himself.
- Jean de la Bruyere

It is vain to talk of the interest of the community,
without understanding what is the interest of the individual.
- Jeremy Bentham

It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard,
if we do not strive as well as pray.
- Aesop

Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
- W. H. Auden

It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind;
it is only by defying it that the brave escape.
- Voltaire

Men are but children of a larger growth,
Our appetites as apt to change as theirs,
And full as craving too, and full as vain.
- Diane Arbus

I don't believe things happen in vain.
I believe they happen for a reason.
- Tracey Gold

Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.
- Edmund Waller

It is vain to expect a well-balanced government without a well-balanced society.
- Gideon Welles

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity:
they must have action;
and they will make it if they cannot find it.
- Jacob Bronowski

Poetry, it is often said and loudly so,
is life's true mirror.
But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates.
- Franz Grillparzer

Yet with great toil all that I can attain by long experience,
and in learned schools, is for to know my knowledge is but vain,
and those that think them wise, are greatest fools.
- William Alexander

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.
- Laurence J. Peter

Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers,
then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.
- Adam Clayton

And weep the more, because I weep in vain.
- Thomas Gray

All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.
- Demosthenes

A mighty pain to love it is, and 'tis a pain that pain to miss;
but of all the pains,
the greatest pain is to love, but love in vain.
- Abraham Crowley

An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence;
a vain man,
in order that it may.
- William Hazlitt

It is in vain to hope to please all alike.
Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will,
he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.
- George Dennison Prentice


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