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Published Saturday, July 06, 2013 @ 8:52 AM EDT
Jul 06 2013

A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
-Benjamin Disraeli

A hypocrite is a person who- but who isn't?
-Don Marquis

As religion is imitated and mocked by hypocrisy, so public duty is parodied by patriotism.
-J. E. Thorold Rogers

Don't stay away from church because there are so many hypocrites. There's always room for one more.
-A.R. Adams

Early in life, I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasions to change.
-Frank Lloyd Wright

Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Force may make hypocrites, but it can never make converts.
-William Penn

Hubris and hypocrisy are a deadly combination.
-Anne-Marie Slaughter

Hypocrisy is better than no standards at all.
-William Bennett

Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.
-Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Hypocrisy is the lubricant of society.
-David Hull

Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practised at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.
-W. Somerset Maugham

Hypocrite: a guy who writes a book on atheism and prays that it sells.
-Woody Allen

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.
-Oscar Wilde

I'm disappointed that my own Catholic Church has decided that capital punishment is wrong. Which is pretty hypocritical if you think about it, because they wouldn't even have a religion if it wasn't for capital punishment.
-Stephen Colbert

In all ages hypocrites, called priests, have put crowns upon the heads of thieves, called kings.
-Robert G. Ingersoll

It's silly to go on pretending that under the skin we are all brothers. The truth is more likely that under the skin we are all cannibals, assassins, traitors, liars, hypocrites, poltroons.
-Henry Miller

Manners are the hypocrisy of nations.
-Honoré de Balzac

No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.
-Samuel Johnson

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

Public prayer is no evidence of piety. It is practiced by an abundance of hypocrites. But private prayer is a thing for which the hypocrite has no heart.
-Charles H. Spurgeon

Same old hypocrisy. Life is a fight, and the strongest wins. All civilization does is hide the blood and cover up the hate with pretty words!
-Ursula K. LeGuin

Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes a begging.
-Martin Luther

The good thing about being a hypocrite is that you get to keep your values.
-Alan Alda

The greatest and truest zeal gives us no security against hypocrisy: The most open impiety is attended with a secret dread and compunction.
-David Hume

The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself.
-Hannah Arendt

The inevitable hypocrisy, which is associated with the all the collective activities of the human race, springs chiefly from this source: that individuals have a moral code which makes the actions of collective man an outrage to their conscience.
-Reinhold Neibuhr

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

We are not hypocrites in our sleep.
-William Hazlitt

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