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Quotations - Hypocrisy


A great deal of what passes for current Christianity consists in denouncing other people's vices and faults. ~ Henry H. Williams.

A man generally has two reasons for doing a thing. One that sounds good, and a real one. ~ J. Pierpoint Morgan.

All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance. ~ Theodore M. Hesburgh.

Almost all of us long for peace and freedom; but very few of us have much enthusiasm for the thoughts, feelings, and actions that make for peace and freedom. ~ Aldous Huxley.

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.

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 in Wonderland.

Children lack morality, but they also lack fake morality. ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960.

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others. ~ Jacob M. Braude.

Few love to hear the sins they love to act. ~ William Shakespeare.

Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all. ~ William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

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

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another. ~ William Shakespeare.

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

How seldom we weigh our neighbors in the same balance as ourselves. ~ Thomas à Kempis.

In the last analysis we must be judged by what we do and not by what we believe. We are as we behave - with a very small margin of credit for our unmanifested vision of how we might behave if we could take the trouble. ~ Geoffrey L. Rudd, The British Vegetarian, September/October 1962.

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them. ~ Alfred Adler.

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, Colonel Potter.

Live truth instead of professing it. ~ Elbert Hubbard.

Many of us believe that wrongs aren't wrong if it's done by nice people like ourselves. ~ Author Unknown.

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

Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. ~ Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar for 1894.

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

People are very inclined to set moral standards for others. ~ Elizabeth Drew, The New Yorker, 16 February 1987.

People will disapprove of you if you're unhappy, or if you're happy in The Wrong Way. ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966.

Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911.

Saying is one thing, doing another. We must consider the sermon and the preacher distinctly and apart. ~ Montaigne, Essays, 1588.

That which we call sin in others is experiment for us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Experience," Essays, 1844.

The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others. ~ Author Unknown.

The devil loves nothing better than the intolerance of reformers. ~ James Russell Lowell.

The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself. ~ Jane Addams.

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. ~ Socrates.

They are not all saints who use holy water. ~ English Proverb.

Those whose conduct gives room for talk are always the first to attack their neighbors. ~ Jean Baptiste Molière, Tartuffe.

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, 1960.

'Tis curious that we only believe as deeply as we live. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

We are irritated by rascals, intolerant of fools, and prepared to love the rest. But where are they? ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960.

We are not hypocrites in our sleep. ~ William Hazlitt.

We have two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice and another which we practice but seldom preach. ~ Bertrand Russell.

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Whatever you condemn, you have done yourself. ~ Georg Groddeck, The Book of the It, 1950.

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. ~ George Bernard Shaw.

When you say that you agree with a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice. ~ Otto von Bismarck.

Your religion is what you do when the sermon is over. ~ Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.