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Example Sentences for "vain"


We worked all night in an attempt to finish on time, but it was all in vainShe is a very vain woman who is more concerned about her appearance than anything else.

We worked all night in an attempt to finish on time, but it was all in vain.

I bought my ex-girlfriend a huge bouquet of flowers in a vain attempt to win her back.

Kreighoff tried vainly to change his partner's mind, but it simply couldn't be done.

For too long, man has had the vain belief that he could control nature, but now we see that this is impossible.

He went all over town in a vain search for a job.

The young woman vainly watched herself in the shop windows as she walked by.

We spent the entire week vainly searching for an apartment in the old town.

She got a nose job for reasons of simple vanity.

His vanity was hurt more than his feelings when she refused to go out with him.

Thomas Carlyle once said that no great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.

Anatole France once observed that one must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life.

There is a Hindu proverb which states that he does not live in vain, who employs his wealth, his thought, his speech to advance the good of others.

James Froude once said that men are made by nature unequal. It is vain, therefore, to treat them as if they were equal.

William Graham Sumner once observed that hunger, love, vanity, and fear are four great motives of human action.

Aesop once noted that it is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard if we do not strive as well as pray.

Thomas Wolfe once stated that the surest cure for vanity is loneliness.

There is an old proverb which holds that when we can't find peace in ourselves, it is vain to look for it elsewhere.

There is a Nepalese proverb which observes that vanity blossoms, but bears no fruit.

Max Ehrmann once wrote that if you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Emily Dickinson wrote, If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.

Find someone who knows someone who is vain.

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