Hypocrisy Quotes

Most popular hypocrisy quotes

Firmness is that admirable quality in ourselves that is merely stubbornness in others.
Never to talk about oneself is a very refined form of hypocrisy. - Friedrich Nietzsche quote.
Never to talk about oneself is a very refined form of hypocrisy.

egotism

No man is a hypocrite in his pleasure. - Samuel Johnson quote.
No man is a hypocrite in his pleasure.
We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts. - Harold Nicolson quote.
We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.
The child is sincere, and the man when he is alone, if he be not a writer, but on the entrance of the second person hypocrisy begins. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
The child is sincere, and the man when he is alone, if he be not a writer, but on the entrance of the second person hypocrisy begins.

lies

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. - Nathaniel Hawthorne quote.
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.

authenticity

A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself.  He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could. - William Hazlitt quote.
A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself.  He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.
The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. - Hannah Arendt quote.
The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself.
Psychologically speaking, one may say that the hypocrite is too ambitious; not only does he want to appear virtuous before others, he wants to convince himself. - Hannah Arendt quote.
Psychologically speaking, one may say that the hypocrite is too ambitious; not only does he want to appear virtuous before others, he wants to convince himself.
It is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour. - Francis Bacon quote.
It is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour.
Woe to you...hypocrites!  For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. - Jesus Christ quote.
Woe to you...hypocrites!  For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.

biblical

A criminal is twice a criminal when he adds hypocrisy to his crime. - Marie Corelli quote.
A criminal is twice a criminal when he adds hypocrisy to his crime.
Marie Corelli Free Opinions: Freely Expressed on Certain Phases of Modern Social Life and Conduct
Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
Sincerity that thinks it is the sole possessor of the truth is a deadlier sin than hypocrisy, which knows better. - Sydney Harris quote.
Sincerity that thinks it is the sole possessor of the truth is a deadlier sin than hypocrisy, which knows better.

truth sincerity

If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay—in solid cash—the tribute which philistinism owes to culture, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners. Let us thank heaven for hypocrisy. - Aldous Huxley quote.
If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay—in solid cash—the tribute which philistinism owes to culture, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners. Let us thank heaven for hypocrisy.
Hypocrisy is the tribute which vice pays to virtue. - François de La Rochefoucauld quote.
Hypocrisy is the tribute which vice pays to virtue.
Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin, but a virtue. - Judith Martin quote.
Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin, but a virtue.
Judith Martin Miss Manners’ Guide to Rearing Perfect Children
Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job. - W. Somerset Maugham quote.
Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.
For neither man nor angel can discern
Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks
Invisible, except to God alone. - John Milton quote.
For neither man nor angel can discern
Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks
Invisible, except to God alone.
In our interactions with people, a benevolent hypocrisy is frequently required—acting as though we do not see through the motives of their actions. - Friedrich Nietzsche quote.
In our interactions with people, a benevolent hypocrisy is frequently required—acting as though we do not see through the motives of their actions.
Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
Because hypocrisy stinks in the nostrils one is likely to rate it as a more powerful agent for destruction than it is. - Rebecca West quote.
Because hypocrisy stinks in the nostrils one is likely to rate it as a more powerful agent for destruction than it is.
Rebecca West The Strange Necessity: Essays and Reviews
Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy. - Ambrose Bierce quote.
Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.

politeness