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Hypocrisy itself does great honor, or rather justice, to religion, and tacitly acknowledges it to be an ornament to human nature. The hypocrite would not be at so much pains to put on the appearance of virtue, if he did not know it was the most proper and effectual means to gain the love and esteem of mankind.
      - Joseph Addison

And the veil
  Spun from the cobweb fashion of the times,
    TO hid the feeling heart?
      - Mark Akenside, Pleasure of Imagination
         (bk. II, l. 147)

A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint.
      - Francis Bacon

Great hypocrite are the real atheists.
      - Francis Bacon

Hypocrisy is oftenest clothed in the garb of religion.
      - Hosea Ballou

It will not do to be saints at meeting and sinners everywhere else.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

No task is more difficult than systematic hypocrisy.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Saint abroad, and a devil at home.
      - John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress (pt. I)

Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.
      - Edmund Burke

Hypocrisy is no cheap vice; nor can our natural temper be masked for many years together.
      - Edmund Burke

Oh, for a forty-parson power to chant
  Thy praise, Hypocrisy! Oh, for a hymn
    Loud as the virtues thou dost loudly vaunt,
      Not practise!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto X, st. 34)

Be hypocritical, be cautious, be
  Not what you seem but always what you see.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto XI, st. 86)

Hypocrisy is folly. It is much easier, safer, and pleasanter to be the thing which a man aims to appear, than to keep up the appearance of being what he is not.
      - Lord David Cecil (Edward Christian David Cecil)

For every man's nature is concealed with many folds of disguise, and covered as it were with various veils. His brows, his eyes, and very often his countenance, are deceitful, and his speech is most commonly a lie.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

If Satan ever laughs, it must be at hypocrites; they are the greatest dupes he has.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

And prate and preach about what others prove,
  As if the world and they were hand and glove.
      - William Cowper, Table Talk (l. 173)

When men think and believe in one set of symbols and act in ways which are contrary to their professed and conscious ideas, confusion and insincerity are bound to result.
      - John Dewey

Lord love you! when we see what some people do all the week--people who are stanch at church, remember--I can't help thinking there are a good many poor souls who are only Christians at morning and afternoon service.
      - Charles Dickens

Clean your finger before you point at my spots.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Every man is a hypocrite.
      - Frederick IV

Trust not him that seems a saint.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

A hypocrite is in himself both the archer and the mark, in all actions shooting at his own praise or profit.
      - Thomas Fuller (1),
        Holy and Profane States--The Hypocrite
         (maxim I, bk. V, ch. VIII)

Thus 'tis with all; their chief and constant care
  Is to seem everything but what they are.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Epilogue to The Sisters
         (l. 25)

Surely the mischief of hypocrisy can never be enough inveighed against. When religion is in request, it is the chief malady of the church, and numbers die of it; though because it is a subtle and inward evil, it be little perceived. It is to be feared there are many sick of it, that look well and comely in God's outward worship, and they may pass well in good weather, in times of peace; but days of adversity are days of trial.
      - Joseph Hall

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

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