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HYPOCRISY
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[ Also see Affectation Appearance Cant Conspiracy Deceit Disguise Dishonesty Equivocation Falsehood Fraud Imitation Insincerity Knavery Lying Mischief Quackery Self-love Selfishness Treachery Treason ]

A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself, too, if he could.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

As hypocrisy is said to be the highest compliment to virtue, the art of lying is the strongest acknowledgment of the force of truth.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Asleep, nobody is a hypocrite.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

He is a hypocrite who professes what he does not believe; not he who does not practice all he wishes or approves.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Hypocrites do the devil's drudgery in Christ's livery.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry

I know of but one garment which the fashionable social life of this country borrows of Christianity; it is that ample garment of charity which covers a multitude of sins--particularly fashionable sins.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

I detest that man, who hides one thing in the depths of his heart, and speaks forth another.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

Most people have seen worse things in private than they pretend to be shocked at in public.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

Hypocrisy is nothing, in fact, but a horrible hopefulness.
      - Victor Hugo

To live a life which is a perpetual falsehood is to suffer unknown tortures.
      - Victor Hugo

In all ages, hypocrites, called priests, have put crowns upon the heads of thieves, called kings.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

An ounce of hypocrisy is worth a pound of ambition.
      - Michael Korda (1)

When a man puts on a Character he is a stranger to, there's as much difference between what he appears, and what he is really in himself, as there is between a VIzor and a Face.
      - Jean de la Bruyere,
        The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. XI)

Hypocrisy is the homage which vice renders to virtue.
  [Fr., L'hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend a la vertu.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes
         (218)

Some hypocrites and seeming mortified men, that held down their heads, were like the little images that they place in the very bowing of the vaults of churches, that look as if they held up the church, but are but puppets.
      - attributed to Dr. William Laud,
        by Bacon in "Apothegms", no. 273

He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when sentence was about to be pronounced pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Such a man will omit neither family worship, nor a sneer at his neighbor. He will neither milk his cows on the first day of the week without a Sabbath mask on his face, nor remove it while he waters the milk for his customers.
      - George MacDonald

Sin is not so sinful as hypocrisy.
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks invisible, except to God alone.
      - John Milton

For neither man nor angel can discern
  Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks
    Invisible, except to God alone,
      By his permissive will, through heav'n and earth.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. III, l. 682)

The hypocrite who always plays one and the same part ceases at last to be a hypocrite.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.
      - Blaise Pascal


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