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Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that enthralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading.

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.

Of great wealth there is no real use, except in its distribution, the rest is just conceit.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.

Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms.

Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer.

I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

It is possible to have a strong self-love without any self-satisfaction, rather with a self-discontent which is the more intense because one's own little core of egoistic sensibility is a supreme care.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

Solvency is maintained by means of a national debt, on the principle, ''If you will not lend me the money, how can I pay you?

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.

He who is enamored of himself will at least have the advantage of being inconvenienced by few rivals.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) U.S. poet.

Conceit, more rich in matter than in words, brags of his substance: they are but beggars who can count their worth.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

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