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CANT
[ Also see Affectation Deceit Hypocrisy Insincerity Pretension Self-righteousness Sophistry ]

Cant is the twin sister of hypocrisy.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Is not cant the materia prima of the devil, from which all falsehoods, imbecilities, abominations, body themselves, from which no true thing can come? For cant is itself the properly a double-distilled lie, the second power of a lie.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Cant is the parrot talk of a profession.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Cant is not the vehicle, but the substitute of thought.
      - Robert Hall

The superabundance of phrases appropriated by some pious authors to the subject of religion, and never applied to any other purpose, has not only the effect of disgusting persons of taste, but of obscuring religion itself.
      - Robert Hall

Cant is the voluntary overcharging or prolongation of a real sentiment; hypocrisy is the setting up a pretension to a feeling you never had and have no wish for.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

There is such a thing as a peculiar word or phrase cleaving as it were to the memory of the writer or speaker, and presenting itself to his utterance at every turn. When we observe this, we call it a cant word or a cant phrase.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

The affectation of some late authors to introduce and multiply cant words is the most ruinous corruption in any language.
      - Jonathan Swift

To wear long faces, just as if our Maker
  The God of goodness, was an undertaker,
    Well pleas'd to wrap the soul's unlucky mien
      In sorrow's dismal crape or bombazine.
      - Dr. John Wolcot (Wolcott or Woolcott) (used pseudonym Peter Pindar)


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