From some casual sentences that he overheard, he perceived that it was something from which the old man promised himself much satisfaction, and to which he attached a little vainglory
but which he wished to keep a secret; so he suffered him to spin out his petty plans unmolested.
"You know, Gilbert, we folk on this side of Four Winds have an old saying--`From the conceit of the Elliotts, the pride of the MacAllisters, and the vainglory
of the Crawfords, good Lord deliver us.'"
I hear mass every day; I share my substance with the poor, making no display of good works, lest I let hypocrisy and vainglory
, those enemies that subtly take possession of the most watchful heart, find an entrance into mine.
It teaches us a lesson of humility, by impressing us with the imperfection of human powers, and by warning us of the many weak points where we are open to the attack of the great enemy of our race; it proves to us that we are in danger of being weak, when our vanity would fain soothe us into the belief that we arc most strong; it forcibly points out to us the vainglory
of intellect, and shows us the vast difference between a saving faith and the corollaries of a philosophical theology; and it teaches us to reduce our self-examination to the test of good works.
This was the Lord de Vere, who, when at home, was said to spend much of his time in the burial vault of his dead progenitors, rummaging their mouldy coffins in search of all the earthly pride and vainglory
that was hidden among bones and dust; so that, besides his own share, he had the collected haughtiness of his whole line of ancestry.
Nothing was easier than to deceive him; but don't imagine I deceived him from the vainglory
of a mere sinner.
All Michael's very vanity and vainglory
made him rush out at once; he would have walked into Dublin Castle for a lady's glove.
"Well," says Watt, "it's to be hoped they line out of their prayer- books a certain passage for the common people about pride and vainglory
. Forgive me, grandmother!
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The government is only celebrating vainglory
of its acclaimed defeat of the sects.
The cause of vainglory
can be embedded in assuming superior knowledge, wealth, physical attractiveness, piety, family lineage, status, position and power.