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39 Hypocrisy Quotes

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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Hypocrisy and distortion are passing currents under the name of religion

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

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When we abolish the slavery of half of humanity, together with the whole system of hypocrisy it implies, then the "division" of humanity will reveal its genuine significance and the human couple will find its true form.

Simone de Beauvoir Quotes

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The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity

Andre Gide Quotes

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Hypocrisy: prejudice with a halo

Ambrose Bierce Quotes

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And the veil Spun from the cobweb fashion of the times, TO hid the feeling heart?

Mark Akenside Quotes , Source: Pleasure of Imagination (bk. II, l. 147)

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And prate and preach about what others prove, As if the world and they were hand and glove.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Table Talk (l. 173)

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Hypocrisy is the homage which vice renders to virtue. [Fr., L'hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend a la vertu.]

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maximes (218)

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O, what may man within him hide, Though angel on the outward side!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Measure for Measure (Vincentio, the Duke at III, ii)

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A hypocrite is in himself both the archer and the mark, in all actions shooting at his own praise or profit.

Thomas Fuller Quotes , Source: Holy and Profane States--The Hypocrite (maxim I, bk. V, ch. VIII)

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When a man puts on a Character he is a stranger to, there's as much difference between what he appears, and what he is really in himself, as there is between a VIzor and a Face.

Jean de la Bruyere Quotes , Source: The Characters or Manners of the Present Age (ch. XI)

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So smooth he daubed his vice with show of virtue That, his apparent open guilt omitted-- I mean, his conversation with Shore's wife-- He lived from all attainder of suspects.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at III, v)

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Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.

Stendhal Quotes

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I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.

Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde) Quotes , Source: Importance of Being Earnest (act II)

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Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy Quotes

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Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing

Edmund Burke Quotes

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Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Saint abroad, and a devil at home.

John Bunyan Quotes , Source: Pilgrim's Progress (pt. I)

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Oh, for a forty-parson power to chant Thy praise, Hypocrisy! Oh, for a hymn Loud as the virtues thou dost loudly vaunt, Not practise!

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto X, st. 34)

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Be hypocritical, be cautious, be Not what you seem but always what you see.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto XI, st. 86)

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Thus 'tis with all; their chief and constant care Is to seem everything but what they are.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: Epilogue to The Sisters (l. 25)

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Some hypocrites and seeming mortified men, that held down their heads, were like the little images that they place in the very bowing of the vaults of churches, that look as if they held up the church, but are but puppets.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maximes (218)

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For neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks Invisible, except to God alone, By his permissive will, through heav'n and earth.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. III, l. 682)

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He was a man Who stole the livery of the court of Heaven To serve the devil in.

Robert Pollok Quotes , Source: Course of Time (bk. VIII, l. 616)

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