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QUOTES ON HYPOCRISY


One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.

MOLIÈRE, The Misanthrope

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The Scarlet Letter

When men are about to commit, or sanction the commission of some injustice, it is not uncommon for them to express pity for the object either of that or some parallel proceeding, and to feel themselves, at the time, quite virtuous and moral, and immensely superior to those who express no pity at all. This is a kind of upholding of faith above works, and is very comfortable.

CHARLES DICKENS, Nicholas Nickleby

It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society.

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The Scarlet Letter

O perilous mouths,
That bear in them one and the self-same tongue,
Either of condemnation or approof;
Bidding the law make court'sy to their will,
Hooking both right and wrong to the appetite,
To follow as it draws!

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Measure for Measure

Sin and hypocrisy are hot jackets, as they will find who put them on.

JAMES FENIMORE COOPER, The Deerslayer

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