It is vain to expect a well-balanced government without a well-balanced society.
It is in vain that we would circumscribe the power of one half of our race, and that half by far the most important and influential.
In other words, we must move beyond our own egocentric and vain rituals in order to discover the truly spiritual possibilities of life.
In vain shall Great Britain confer upon her colonies the free government and liberal principles of legislation, for which she is distinguished, if she do not carry with her the revelations of God.
It may easily come to pass that a vain man may become proud and imagine himself pleasing to all when he is in reality a universal nuisance.
I have not written in vain if I have heretofore done anything towards diminishing the reputation of the Renaissance landscape painting.
One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make is to look at the real world and cling to the vain hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it.
Because just as arms have no force outside if there is no counsel within a house, study is vain and counsel useless that is not put to virtuous effect when the time calls.
All other ways of mortification are vain, all helps leave us helpless, it must be done by the Spirit.
Saturday 1923 had not been shed in vain.
I don't believe things happen in vain. I believe they happen for a reason.
I'm not so vain as to believe that my involvement changes anything whatsoever.
Most men remember obligations, but are not often likely to be grateful the proud are made sour by the remembrance and the vain silent.
Everything is vain and tortures the spirit instead of calming and satisfying it.
All Juleps are made for present use, and therefore it is in vain to speak of their duration.
I do not allow myself vain regrets or foreboding.
We take our international responsibilities very seriously and will not withdraw our troops from Iraq... Otherwise, the victims of terror in Madrid will have died in vain.
If we have a heart for the magnitudes of life, it will not seem vain to believe that God Himself should guard it.
But he who dies in despair has lived his whole life in vain.
The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them.
It is, I fear, but a vain show of fulfilling the heathen precept, ''Know thyself,'' and too often leads to a self-estimate which will subsist in the absence of that fruit by which alone the quality of the tree is made evident.
When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.
I'm not the type of guy who enjoys one-night stands. It leaves me feeling very empty and cynical. It's not even fun sexually. I need to feel something for the woman and entertain the vain hope that it may lead to a relationship.
It may easily come to pass that a vain man may become proud and imagine himself pleasing to all when he is in reality a universal nuisance
If we cannot forget exactly what happened...these American boys that have died here and are buried here will not have died in vain ... Give them a chance to be heroes.