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Quotations about Hypocrisy

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"

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

When thou art on the point of making some ugly fling at thy neighbor, think over first thy own defects. ~Menander (c.342–c.292 BCE), translated by Francis G. Allinson, 1921

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

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

We permit all things to ourselves, and that which we call sin in others is experiment for us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Experience"

Go put your creed into your deed... ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1857

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 deep as we live. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Beauty"

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]

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

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

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

We have actually contrived to invent a new kind of hypocrite. The old hypocrite... was a man whose aims were really worldly and practical, while he pretended that they were religious. The new hypocrite is one whose aims are really religious, while he pretends that they are worldly and practical. ~Gilbert K. Chesterton, "The New Hypocrite," What's Wrong with the World, 1910

Is there a religion today that would not benefit from calling home its missionaries and setting them to work among its hypocrites. ~Robert Brault,

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)]

It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to. ~George Santayana

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]

Children lack morality, but they also lack fake morality. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

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

Live truth instead of professing it. ~Elbert Hubbard

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. ~Oscar Wilde

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. ~Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)

We are irritated by rascals, intolerant of fools, and prepared to love the rest. But where are they? ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

...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, 1963

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,

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

'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

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 of Vice to Virtue. ~François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680), translated from the French

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 Birth-day! How few, his Precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments. ~Benjamin Franklin, 1743

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, "Inga," 1979, written by Alan Alda  [S7, E17, Colonel Potter]

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