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What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. 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.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? [Matthew 7:3]

Author: Bible

Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian

Keep thy smooth words and juggling homilies for those who know thee not.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

If we divine a discrepancy between a man's words and his character, the whole impression of him becomes broken and painful; he revolts the imagination by his lack of unity, and even the good in him is hardly accepted.

Author: Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929)

Profession: American Sociologist

With affection beaming in one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.

Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Profession: British Novelist

There are two sorts of hypocrites; ones that are deceived with their outward morality and external religion; and the others; those that are deceived with false discoveries and elevation; which often cry down works, and men's own righteousness, and talk much of free grace; but at the same time make righteousness of their discoveries, and of their humiliation, and exalt themselves to heaven with them.

Author: Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

Profession: British Theologian, Metaphysician

At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Often a noble face hides filthy ways.

Author: Euripides

Profession: Greek Tragic Poet

Clean your finger before you point at my spots.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

Never to talk to ones self is a form of hypocrisy.

Author: Fredrich


A favorite has no friend!

Author: Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

Profession: British Poet

A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist

The only vice which cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist

Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.

Author: Jean Kerr (1923)

Profession: American Author, Playwright