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OSTENTATION
[ Also see Affectation Boasting Ceremony Display Elegance Luxury Ornament Pedantry Pretension Pride Reserve Vanity ]

An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.
      - Joseph Addison

There is a patience that cackles. There are a great many virtues that are hen-like. They are virtue, to be sure; but everybody in the neighborhood has to know about them.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Education, indeed, has made the fondness for fine things next to natural; the corals and bells teach infants on the breasts to be delighted with sound and glitter.
      - Henry Brooke

Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

As you see in a pair of bellows, there is a forced breath without life, so in those that are puffed up with the wind of ostentation, there may be charitable words without works.
      - Joseph Hall

Deeds of lowly virtue fade before the glare of lofty ostentation.
      - Friedrich O. Klopstock

Excess in apparel is another costly folly. The very trimming of the vain world would clothe all the naked ones.
      - William Penn

Show is not substance; realities govern wise men.
      - William Penn

They used to think they were doing God a favor to print His name in capital letters.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Heaven must scorn the humility which we telegraph thither by genuflection; it must prefer the manliness that stands by all created gifts; and looks itself in the face without pretence of worship.
      - John Weiss


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