Akshay sent me this today; I love the distinction.
"Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
I genuinely think I’m better than a lot of people at a lot of things, but I don’t tell them that. The people who irritate me are the ones who think they’re better than a lot of people at a lot of things, and vocally let people know. That’s what pisses me off.