Vanity

Vanity

Massachusetts Congressman “Tip” O’Neill, former Speaker of the House, tells a wonderful story about a man named “Honest Jake Bloom” of Boston. Honest Jake became well-known in the Boston area because of the assistance he gave three generations of immigrant families. He owned a little variety store and he would extend credit to the poor …

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A woman explained that in order to offset the depression she felt at reaching her 40th birthday, she decided to treat herself to a new haircut and a new outfit. Walking down the street, she was flattered when two young men waved at her, saying something in Spanish. Pretending not to hear them, she tossed …

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NOTHING BUT PASTE Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace” tells the sad story of a young woman named Mathilde who dreamed, as many do, of making it in high society. However, she was the wife of an ordinary French citizen. One day Mathilde’s husband obtained an invitation to attend an elegant ball. Thoroughly delighted, Mathilde borrowed …

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Awards | Business | Communication | Hollywood | Honor | Leisure | Media | Praise | Pride | Self | Vanity

HOLLYWOOD CONGRATULATES ITSELF Hollywood loves to congratulate itself. The entertainment industry handed out 3,182 trophies at 332 ceremonies in 1999. The number of awards rises every year. In 1997, there were 3,138 trophies at 252 ceremonies. Daily Variety counted everything from the Academy Awards to the Movies, from the Golden Frogs to the Silver Sewers. …

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Contentment | Desire | Joy | Life | Meaning | Money | Peace | Purpose | Vanity

THE GRAND SOLUTION “What is life about? It is not about writing great books, amassing great wealth, achieving great power. It is about loving and being loved. It is about savoring the beauty of moments that don’t last, the sunsets, the leaves turning color, the rare moments of true human communication. It is about savoring …

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Defeat | Depression | Failure | Fame | Guilt | Loss | Lost | Sin | Success | Vanity | Wisdom

SUCCESS MEANS NOTHING Somerset Maughm was described by Time magazine at the time of his death in 1978 as “The most famous author in the world.” Eighty million copies of his books had been sold, his plays were performed world-wide, his work had led to several films, and eighty of his short stories had been …

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Attitude | Deceit | Failure | Hamartiology | Humility | Pride | Rank | Status | Vanity

HIMMLER’S VANITY There is a fascinating story that comes from the days following World War II. Once Hitler was known to be dead, no architect of Nazism was hunted more doggedly by Allied Intelligence than Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler. After the fall of Germany, he and two of his adjutants did their best to melt …

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