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HYPOCRISY
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To wear long faces, just as if our Maker,
  The God of goodness, was an undertaker.
      - Peter Pindar (pseudonym of Dr. John Wolcot) (Wolcott)

He was a man
  Who stole the livery of the court of Heaven
    To serve the devil in.
      - Robert Pollok, Course of Time
         (bk. VIII, l. 616)

Constant at Church and 'Change; his gains were sure;
  His givings rare, save farthings to the poor.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. III, l. 347)

No man's condition is so base as his;
  None more accurs'd than he; for man esteems
    Him hateful, 'cause he seems not what he is;
      God hates him, 'cause he is not what he seems;
        What grief is absent, or what mischief can
          Be added to the hate of God and man?
      - Francis Quarles

He knows much of what men paint themselves would blister in the light of what they are.
      - Edwin Arlington Robinson

If the world despises hypocrites, what must be the estimate of them in heaven?
      - Madame Jeanne Marie Phlipon de La Platiere Roland

Thou hast prevariated with thy friend,
  By underhand contrivances undone me:
    And while my open nature trusted in thee,
      Thou hast stept in between me and my hopes,
        And ravish'd from me all my soul held dear.
          Thou hast betray'd me.
      - Nicholas Rowe, Lady Jane Grey
         (act II, sc. 1. 235)

Not he who scorns the Saviour's yoke
  Should wear his cross upon the heart.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        The Fight with the Dragon (st. 24)

All live by seeming.
  The beggar begs with it, and the gay courtier
    Gains land and title, rank and rule, by seeming;
      The clergy scorn it not, and the bold soldier
        Will eke with it his service.--All admit it,
          All practise it; and he who is content
            With showing what he is, shall have small credit
              In church, or camp, or state.--So wags the world.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Oh, what may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!
      - William Shakespeare

We are oft to blame in this,
  'Tis too much proved, that with devotion's visage
    And pious action we do sugar o'er
      The devil himself.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Ophelia at III, i)

Let me be cruel, not unnatural;
  I will speak daggers to her, but use none.
    My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites:
      How in my words somever she be shent,
        To give them seals never, my soul, consent!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, ii)

Away, and mock the time with fairest show;
  False face must hide what the false heart doth khow.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at I, vii)

O, what may man within him hide,
  Though angel on the outward side!
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at III, ii)

O serpent heart, hid with a flow'ring face!
  Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Juliet at III, ii)

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,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at III, v)

It is easy for men to talk one thing and think another.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Whoever is a hypocrite in his religion mocks God, presenting to Him the outside and reserving the inward for his enemy.
      - Jeremy Taylor

How inexpressible is the meanness of being a hypocrite! how horrible is it to be a mischievous and malignant hypocrite.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        A Philosophical Dictionary--Philosopher
         (sec. I)

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 Wills Wilde),
        Importance of Being Earnest (act II)

The world's all title-page; there's no contents;
  The world's all face; the man who shows his heart
    Is hooted for his nudities, and scorn'd.
      - Edward Young

A man I knew who lived upon a smile,
  And well it fed him; he look'd plump and fair,
    While rankest venom foam'd through every vein.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night VIII, l. 336)


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