Affectation Quotes

One of the best temporary cures for pride and affectation is seasickness; a man who wants to vomit never puts on airs

Josh Billings

All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Affectation proceeds from one of these two causes,--vanity or hypocrisy; for as vanity puts us on affecting false characters, in order to purchase applause; so hypocrisy sets us on an endeavor to avoid censure, by concealing our vices under an appearance of their opposite virtues

Henry Fielding

Paltry affectation, strained allusions, and disgusting finery are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; they are but too frequently the badges of ignorance or of stupidity, whenever it would endeavor to please

Oliver Goldsmith

Affectation is to be always distinguished from hypocrisy as being the art of counterfeiting those qualities, which we might with innocence and safety, be known to want. Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy; affectation part of the chosen trappings of folly

Samuel Johnson

The man of affectation may, perhaps, be reclaimed, by finding how little he is likely to gain by perpetual constraint and incessant vigilance, and how much more securely he might make his way to esteem, by cultivating real, than by displaying counter

Samuel Johnson

Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine

Jacques Barzun

It is indeed not easy to distinguish affectation from habit; he that has once studiously developed a style, rarely writes afterwards with complete ease

Samuel Johnson

The thing is plain. All that men really understand, is confined to a very small compass; to their daily affairs and experience; to what they have an opportunity to know, and motives to study or practice. The rest is affectation and imposture

William Hazlitt

Affectation is certain deformity; by forming themselves on fantastic models, the young begin with being ridiculous, and often end in being vicious

Robert Blair

I must confess I am a fop in my heart; ill customs influence my very senses, and I have been so used to affectation that without the help of the air of the court what is natural cannot touch me.

Sir George Etherege

Don`t laugh at a youth for his affectations; he`s only trying on one face after another till he finds his own

Logan Pearsall Smith

All affectation; 'tis my perfect scorn; Object of my implacable disgust

William Cowper

Great vices are the proper objects of our detestation, smaller faults of our pity, but affectation appears to be the only true source of the ridiculous

Henry Fielding

Affectation naturally counterfeits those excellences which are placed at the greatest distance from possibility of attainment, because, knowing our own defects, we eagerly endeavor to supply them with artificial excellence

Samuel Johnson

Among the numerous stratagems by which pride endeavors to recommend folly to regard, there is scarcely one that meets with less success than affectation, or a perpetual disguise of the real character by fictitious appearances

Samuel Johnson

We are never so ridiculous from the habits we have as from those we affect to have

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Affection endeavors to correct natural defects, and has always the laudable aim of pleasing, though it always misses it.

John Locke

We are never rendered so ridiculous by qualities which we possess, as by those which we aim at, or affect to have.

Old French Saying

There Affectation, with a sickly mien, Shows in her cheek the roses of eighteen

Alexander Pope

Affectation discovers sooner what one is than it makes known what one would fain appear to be

Leszczynski Stanislaus

It is remarkable that great affectation and great absence of it (unconsciousness) are at first sight very similar; they are both apt to produce singularity

Archbishop Richard Whately

Among the numerous stratagems by which pride endeavors to recommend folly to regard, scarcely one meets with less success than affectation, which is a perpetual disguise of the real character by false appearances

Johnson

Affectation lights a candle to our defects, and though it may gratify ourselves, it disgusts all others

Johann Kaspar Lavater

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Updated On : October 16, 2009
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