01. She is a very [vain] woman who is more concerned about her appearance than anything else.
02. We worked all night in an attempt to finish on time, but it was all in [vain].
03. I bought my ex-girlfriend a huge bouquet of flowers in a [vain] attempt to win her back.
04. Kreighoff tried [vainly] to change his partner's mind, but it simply couldn't be done.
05. For too long, man has had the [vain] belief that he could control nature, but now we see that this is impossible.
06. He went all over town in a [vain] search for a job.
07. The young woman [vainly] watched herself in the shop windows as she walked by.
08. We spent the entire week [vainly] searching for an apartment in the old town.
09. She got a nose job for reasons of simple [vanity].
10. His [vanity] was hurt more than his feelings when she refused to go out with him.
11. Thomas Carlyle once said that no great man lives in [vain]. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. James Froude once said that men are made by nature unequal. It is [vain], therefore, to treat them as if they were equal.
15. William Graham Sumner once observed that hunger, love, [vanity], and fear are four great motives of human action.
16. Aesop once noted that it is in [vain] to expect our prayers to be heard if we do not strive as well as pray.
17. Thomas Wolfe once stated that the surest cure for [vanity] is loneliness.
18. There is an old proverb which holds that when we can't find peace in ourselves, it is [vain] to look for it elsewhere.
19. There is a Nepalese proverb which observes that [vanity] blossoms, but bears no fruit.
20. 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.
21. Emily Dickinson wrote, "If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in [vain]."

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