A hypocrite is in himself both the archer and the mark, in all actions shooting at his own praise or profit.
Hypocrisy is the homage which vice renders to virtue.
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.
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.
How inexpressible is the meanness of being a hypocrite! how horrible is it to be a mischievous and malignant hypocrite.
I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.
An ounce of hypocrisy is worth a pound of ambition. ´Michael Korda We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity. ´G. K. Chesterton Often a noble face hides filthy ways. ´Euripides The only vice which cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.
The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.
With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
Umbrellas, like faces, acquire a certain sympathy with the individual who carries them. May it not be said of the bearers of these inappropriate umbrellas, that they go about the streets 'with a lie in their right hand?' Except in a very few cases of hypocrisy joined to a powerful intellect, men, not by nature, umbrellarians, have tried again and again to become so by art, and yet have failed, have expended their patrimony in the purchase of umbrella after umbrella, and yet have systematically lost them, and have finally, with contrite spirits and shrunken purses, given up their vain struggle, and relied on theft and borrowing for the remainder of their lives.
If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay, in solid cash, the tribute which Philistinism owes to culture, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners. Let us thank heaven for hypocrisy.
Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.
Hypocrisy itself does great honor, or rather justice, to religion, and tacitly acknowledges it to be an ornament to human nature. The hypocrite would not be at so much pains to put on the appearance of virtue, if he did not know it was the most proper and effectual means to gain the love and esteem of mankind.
No task is more difficult than systematic hypocrisy.
Hypocrisy is no cheap vice; nor can our natural temper be masked for many years together.
Oh, for a forty-parson power to chant Thy praise, Hypocrisy! Oh, for a hymn Loud as the virtues thou dost loudly vaunt, Not practise!
If Satan ever laughs, it must be at hypocrites; they are the greatest dupes he has.
Surely the mischief of hypocrisy can never be enough inveighed against. When religion is in request, it is the chief malady of the church, and numbers die of it; though because it is a subtle and inward evil, it be little perceived. It is to be feared there are many sick of it, that look well and comely in God's outward worship, and they may pass well in good weather, in times of peace; but days of adversity are days of trial.
A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself, too, if he could.
As hypocrisy is said to be the highest compliment to virtue, the art of lying is the strongest acknowledgment of the force of truth.
He is a hypocrite who professes what he does not believe; not he who does not practice all he wishes or approves.
Hypocrisy is nothing, in fact, but a horrible hopefulness.
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