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Quotations about Hypocrisy


Hypocrisy refers to the act of pretending to hold certain values or principles while behaving in a contradictory manner. It is a phenomenon that has been observed throughout history, in both individuals and institutions. Hypocrisy often elicits a mix of amusement, frustration, and even outrage, as it reveals the gap between what is professed and what is practised. In this compilation, we delve into the lighter side of hypocrisy, presenting a collection of funny quotations that shed light on the amusing, ironic, and sometimes absurd aspects of this complex human behaviour. So, sit back, observe with a wry smile, and get ready to explore the intriguing world of hypocrisy.

Hold on to your sense of irony as we present a compilation of funny quotations about hypocrisy. While hypocrisy is often a serious matter, there are moments of hilarity, paradox, and biting wit that arise when exploring this complex human behaviour. From witty observations on double standards to humorous remarks on the contradictions and pretences that abound in our society, these quotes offer a lighthearted perspective on the amusing and often absurd nature of hypocrisy.

quotations about hypocrisy

"A hypocrite is a person who – but who isn't?" Don Marquis (American poet and journalist, 1878-1937)

"Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue." Francois de La Rochefoucauld (Prince of Marcillac, 1613-1680)

"Politeness, n: The most acceptable hypocrisy." Ambrose Bierce (c. 1914 American writer, 1842-)

"In all ages hypocrites, called priests, have put crowns on the heads of thieves, called kings." Anon

"I can’t believe this – both of my boyfriends are cheating on me." Anon

"The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual, crime." Max Stirner (German philosopher, 1806-1856)

"Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds." Logan Pearsall Smith (American-born man of letters, 1865-1946)

"There are moments when we in the British press can show extraordinary sensitivity; these moments usually coincide with the death of a proprietor, or a proprietor's wife." Craig Brown (British satirist, 1957-)

"He combines the manners of a Marquis with the morals of a Methodist." W. S. Gilbert (English writer, 1836-1911)

"If I were two-faced would I be wearing this one?" Abraham Lincoln (American statesman, 1809-65)

"In 1969, I published a small book on Humility. It was a pioneering work which has not, to my knowledge, been superseded." Lord Longford (British Labour politician and philanthropist, 1905-2001)

"An orgy looks particularly alluring seen through the mists of righteous indignation." Malcolm Muggeridge (British journalist, 1903-90)

"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 (Irish dramatist and poet, 1854-1900)

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