If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition (or whatever is their prevailing passion) on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.
(Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Feb. 8, 1746, repr. in The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 1, no. 105, ed. Charles Strachey (1901). (First published 1774).)
Vanity is the fear of appearing original: it is thus a lack of pride, but not necessarily a lack of originality.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 243, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Daybreak, p. 168, trans. by R.J. Hollingdale, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (1982). Dawn, "Fourth Book," aphorism 365, "Vanity," (1881).)
When we retreat to the country, we are hiding not from people, but from our pride, which, in the city and among people, operates unfairly and immoderately.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 17, 1892, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 25, "Nauka" (1976).)