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AFFECTATION
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[ Also see Appearance Cant Coxcomb Foppery Hypocrisy Imitation Insincerity Ostentation Pretension Simplicity Sincerity Snobs Vanity ]

There is a false gravity that is a very ill symptom; and it may be said that as rivers, which run very slowly, have always the most mud at the bottom, so a solid stiffness in the constant course of a man's life is a sign of a thick bed of mud at the bottom of his brain.
      - John Faucit Saville

'T is too much proved that with devotion's visage and pious action we do sugar o'er the devil himself.
      - William Shakespeare

Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he's only trying on one face after another till he finds his own.
      - Logan Pearsall Smith

Affectation discovers sooner what one is than it makes known what one would fain appear to be.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

Affectation is the wisdom of fools, and the folly of many a comparatively wise man.
      - Unknown

Great affectation and great absence of it are at first sight very similar.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

It is remarkable that great affectation and great absence of it (unconsciousness) are at first sight very similar; they are both apt to produce singularity.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

By giving sixty-five's pale wither'd mien,
  The blooming roses of sixteen.
      - Dr. John Wolcot (Wolcott or Woolcott) (used pseudonym Peter Pindar)


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