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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

The hypocrite is too good to be true. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

For neither man nor angel can discern
Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks
Invisible, except to God alone,
By his permissive will, through heaven and earth;
And oft, though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps
At wisdom's gate, and to simplicity
Resigns her charge, while goodness thinks no ill
Where no ill seems.
~John Milton

Sometimes we're all hypocrites. ~Frank Renzulli, Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, and David Chase, The Sopranos, "Bust Out," original airdate 19 March 2000, spoken by the character Meadow Soprano

Let your conscience speak more, and your tongue less. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

But the whole run of their opinion was against me, and their conclusion was that you would do well to trouble less about the actions of others, and to take a little more pains with your own; that one ought to look a long time into one's self before thinking of condemning others; that we should add the weight of an exemplary life to the corrections we desire to make in our neighbours, and that it would be still better for us to leave this matter to those in whose hands heaven has placed it. ~Molière, Le Misantrope (Célimène)

Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins. We parry and fend the approach of our fellow-man by compliments, by gossip, by amusements, by affairs. We cover up our thought from him under a hundred folds. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Friendship," Essays, 1841

He does not believe who does not live according to his belief. ~Thomas Fuller

Whatever you condemn, you have done yourself. ~Georg Groddeck, The Book of the It, 1950

The most illustrious expounders of the law have often been its most notorious violaters. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Many of us believe that wrongs aren't wrong if it's done by nice people like ourselves. ~Jason Rainbow, c.1979

Your religion is what you do when the sermon is over. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all. ~William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, c.1590  [III, 3, Henry VI]

As no roads are so rough as those that have just been mended, so no sinners are so intolerant as those that have just turned saints. ~Charles Caleb Colton

All reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for. ~Logan Pearsall Smith

The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself. ~Jane Addams

That which we call sin in others is experiment for us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Experience"

Don't judge others simply because they sin differently than you. ~Author Unknown

All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance. ~Theodore M. Hesburgh

Go put your creed into your deed. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most melancholy thing about human nature, is, that a man may guide others into the path of salvation, without walking in it himself; that he may be a pilot, and yet a castaway. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911

'Tis curious that we only believe as deeply as we live. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don't never have any trouble in regulating my own conduct, but to keep other folks' straight is what bothers me. ~Josh Billings, "Shooting Stars"  [spelling standardized —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners — let us thank heaven for hypocrisy. ~Aldous Huxley

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. ~H.G. Wells

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than smallpox. ~English Proverb

The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales. ~Aesop, Fables

The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core. ~Hannah Arendt, On Revolution, 1963

Because hypocrisy stinks in the nostrils one is likely to rate it as a more powerful agent for destruction than it is. ~Rebecca West, The Strange Necessity, 1928

Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. ~Mark Twain

In the last analysis we must be judged by what we do and not by what we believe. We are as we behave — with a very small margin of credit for our unmanifested vision of how we might behave if we could take the trouble. ~Geoffrey L. Rudd, The British Vegetarian, September/October 1962

Most everyone seems willing to be a fool himself, but he can't bear to have anyone else one. ~Josh Billings

They are not all saints who use holy water. ~English Proverb

But then I sigh; and, with a piece of scripture,
Tell them that God bids us do good for evil:
And thus I clothe my naked villany
With old odd ends stolen out of holy writ;
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.
~William Shakespeare, Richard III, c.1592  [I, 3, Richard III (Duke of Gloucester)]

The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity. ~André Gide

If you treat a man like a brute, he is justified, of course, in acting like one toward you. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another. ~William Shakespeare, Hamlet, c.1600  [III, 1, Hamlet]

How seldom we weigh our neighbors in the same balance as ourselves. ~Thomas à Kempis

We are not hypocrites in our sleep. ~William Hazlitt

Children lack morality, but they also lack fake morality. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

VULGARITY  The conduct of others. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Foolish Dictionary, Executed by Gideon Wurdz, Master of Pholly, Doctor of Loquacious Lunacy, etc., 1904

When you say that you agree with a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice. ~Otto von Bismarck

Hypocrite reader — my fellow — my brother! ~St Jerome

Almost all of us long for peace and freedom; but very few of us have much enthusiasm for the thoughts, feelings, and actions that make for peace and freedom. ~Aldous Huxley

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. ~George Bernard Shaw

The devil loves nothing better than the intolerance of reformers. ~James Russell Lowell

Live truth instead of professing it. ~Elbert Hubbard

Those whose conduct gives room for talk are always the first to attack their neighbors. ~Jean Baptiste Molière, Tartuffe

Most of us are aware of and pretend to detest the barefaced instances of that hypocrisy by which men deceive others, but few of us are upon our guard or see that more fatal hypocrisy by which we deceive and over-reach our own hearts. ~Laurence Sterne, 1760

Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. ~Elbert Hubbard

Saying is one thing, doing another. We must consider the sermon and the preacher distinctly and apart. ~Michel de Montaigne

We are irritated by rascals, intolerant of fools, and prepared to love the rest. But where are they? ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

A man generally has two reasons for doing a thing. One that sounds good, and a real one. ~J. Pierpoint Morgan

History is the chronicle of divorces between creed and deed. ~Louis Fischer

...This outward-sainted deputy,
Whose settled visage and deliberate word
Nips youth i' the head and follies doth emmew
As falcon doth the fowl, is yet a devil
His filth within being cast, he would appear
A pond as deep as hell.
~William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, c.1604  [III, 1, Isabella]

Throughout our lives, we see in the mirror the same innocent trusting face we have seen there since childhood. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state. ~Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God Is Within You

I don't lie and cheat, but I don't always avoid actions that would be lying and cheating if someone else did them. ~Robert Brault,

People are very inclined to set moral standards for others. ~Elizabeth Drew, The New Yorker, 1987 February 16th

A man who should act, for one day, on the supposition that all the people about him were influenced by the religion which they professed would find himself ruined by night. ~Thomas Macaulay

We have two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice and another which we practice but seldom preach. ~Bertrand Russell

Few love to hear the sins they love to act... ~William Shakespeare, Pericles, c.1608  [I, 1, Pericles]

He rightly reads scripture who turns words into deeds. ~Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

'Be what you would seem to be'—or, if you'd like it put more simply—'Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.' ~Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Loud indignation against vice often stands for virtue in the eyes of bigots. ~J. Petit-Senn

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. ~Socrates

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others. ~Jacob M. Braude

The sins of others are filthy smelly dung; our own sins have the golden sparkle and aroma of a fine ale. ~Terri Guillemets

Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault (1613–1680)

A great deal of what passes for current Christianity consists in denouncing other people’s vices and faults. ~Henry Williams (Bishop of Carlisle), c.1928

The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others. ~Author Unknown

How many observe Christ's birthday! How few his precepts!
O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.
~Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1757

Just remember, there's a right way and a wrong way to do everything and the wrong way is to keep trying to make everybody else do it the right way. ~M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter

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