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It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us.

Pride and Prejudice
Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief.

Greater mischief happens often from folly, meanness, and vanity than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition
Vanity is the natural weakness of an ambitious man, which exposes him to the secret scorn and derision of those he converses with, and ruins the character he is so industrious to advance by it
A man's own vanity is a swindler that never lacks for a dupe
The vanity of others runs counter to our taste only when it runs counter to our vanity
A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself; a modest man does not talk of himself
What makes vanity so insufferable to us, is that it hurts our own
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay
We say little if not egged on by vanity
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