Hypocrisy Quotes

Most popular hypocrisy quotes

No man is a hypocrite in his pleasure.
Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.

politeness

Hypocrisy is the tribute which vice pays to virtue.
Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin, but a virtue.
Never to talk about oneself is a very refined form of hypocrisy.

egotism

A criminal is twice a criminal when he adds hypocrisy to his crime.
The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself.
It is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour.
We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.
Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
Firmness is that admirable quality in ourselves that is merely stubbornness in others.
For neither man nor angel can discern
Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks
Invisible, except to God alone.
Sincerity that thinks it is the sole possessor of the truth is a deadlier sin than hypocrisy, which knows better.

sincerity truth

Because hypocrisy stinks in the nostrils one is likely to rate it as a more powerful agent for destruction than it is.
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 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

In our interactions with people, a benevolent hypocrisy is frequently required—acting as though we do not see through the motives of their actions.
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

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.
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

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 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.