In conventional parlance, vanity is the excessive belief in one's own abilities or attractiveness to others. Prior to the 14th century it did not have such narcissistic undertones, and merely meant futility. The related term vainglory is now often seen as an archaic synonym for vanity, but originally meant boasting in vain, i.e. unjustified boasting; although glory is now seen as having an exclusively positive meaning, the Latin term gloria (from which it derives) roughly means boasting, and was often used as a negative criticism. ~from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanity
vain·glo·ry play_w2("V0007400") (vnglôr, -glr, vn-glôr, -glr) n. pl. vain·glo·ries 1. Boastful, unwarranted pride in one's accomplishments or qualities. 2. Vain, ostentatious display.
pride - noun, verb, prid·ed, prid·ing. noun 1. a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. 2. the state or feeling of being proud. 3. a becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one's position or character; self-respect; self-esteem. 4. pleasure or satisfaction taken in something done by or belonging to oneself or believed to reflect credit upon oneself: civic pride. 5. something that causes a person or persons to be proud: His art collection was the pride of the family.
"Beauty's sister is vanity, and its daughter lust." ~Unknown
"There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth."
~Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (British politician, poet, critic and prolific novelist, 1803-1873)
"Vanity is often the unseen spur." ~William Makepeace Thackeray
"Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity." ~Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine
"Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride." ~Charles Caleb Colton