Insincerity Quotes

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J.D. Salinger
“I am always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Edith Wharton
“The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!”
Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

Sigmund Freud
“Where the questions of religion are concerned people are guilty of every possible kind of insincerity and intellectual misdemeanor.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

George Orwell
“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”
George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

Criss Jami
“Being nice merely to be liked in return nullifies the point.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Thomas Bernhard
“You've always lived a life of pretense, not a real life-- a simulated existence, not a genuine existence. Everything about you, everything you are, has always been pretense, never genuine, never real.”
Thomas Bernhard, Woodcutters

Criss Jami
“You can't let the truth bring out the worst and let it get the best of you.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Criss Jami
“A sign of a lover of wisdom is his delight in not running his mouth about things he doesn't know.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Alberto Moravia
“When you aren't sincere you need to pretend, and by pretending you end up believing yourself; that's the basic principle of every faith.”
Alberto Moravia, The Time of Indifference

Joseph Conrad
“I let him run on, this papier-maché Mephistopheles, and it seemed to me that if I tried I could poke my forefinger through him, and would find nothing inside but a little loose dirt, maybe.”
Jospeh Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Reif Larsen
“I had trouble listening to adults who didn't really mean anything that they said; it was as if their language poured into my ears only to drain right out a little spigot in the back of my head.”
Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

John Updike
“The difficulty with humorists is that they will mix what they believe with what they don’t—whichever seems likelier to win an effect.”
John Updike, Rabbit, Run

Jane Austen
“Miss Bingley's congratulations to her brother, on his approaching marriage, were all that was affectionate and insincere.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Ernest Bramah
“It is a mark of insincerity of purpose to spend one's time in looking for the sacred Emperor in the low-class tea-shops.”
Ernest Bramah, Wallet of Kai Lung

Samuel Johnson
“The reciprocal civility of authors is one of the most risible scenes in the farce of life.”
Samuel Johnson

Stewart Stafford
“Feigned interest is worse than brutal honesty.”
Stewart Stafford

“I feel like teenagers get a bad rap for changing things up all the time. We're fake or we're insincere or we're superficial. But if you do it to please yourself, what's insincere about that?”
Agnes Borinsky, Sasha Masha

Stewart Stafford
“The foundation of Hollywood alchemically turned celluloid into gold and insincerity into an art form.”
Stewart Stafford

Eve Tushnet
“When you say, 'I do,' you cannot be sincere, because you cannot know what you're doing. You may want some idea called 'being married' but you have no idea what being married will actually require of you. And so your sincerity and your strength of character don't really matter. If you are a morally weak person you can still marry. You don't have to wait until you're ready, because you're never ready. And so it is with 'I'm sorry.”
Eve Tushnet, Amends

Reham Khan
“My fierce, blind loyalty to those who were insincere to me was spotted by her early on. After I stood up in class to defend Nadia one day, the teacher took me out and gently explained why I needed to not take risks for other people. She tried to warn me that not all people were worthy of my earnest support, but I did not listen. The friend in question would later abandon me on all key junctures of my life. My H.E teacher had perhaps been through it herself, and could recognise the vulnerability behind my tough, practical joker exterior. But it would be thirty years before I learned to put myself first. We listen to people, but do we hear what they are saying?”
Reham Khan, Reham Khan

“Insincerity is so boring; speak from your heart.”
Marty Rubin

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We are generally pleased the most by compliments that are insincere.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Josef Škvorecký
“Social conscience is a fashion, it changes every year.”
Josef Škvorecký, The Engineer of Human Souls

Javier Marías
“People say it far too much, 'I'll be eternally grateful' is one of the most vacuous statements ever uttered and yet one hears it often, always with that unvarying epithet, always that same irresponsible 'eternally', another clue to its absolute lack of reality, or truth or meaning”
Javier Marías, Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear / Dance and Dream / Poison, Shadow, and Farewell

“The best definition of man is the fairweather friend.”
Marty Rubin

E.M. Forster
“The tide had begun to ebb. Margaret leant over the parapet and watched it sadly. Mr. Wilcox had forgotten his wife, Helen her lover; she herself was probably forgetting. Every one moving. Is it worth while attempting the past when there is this continual flux even in the hearts of men?”
E.M. Forster, Howards End

Wayne Gerard Trotman
“Some people will rip out your heart with a steak knife then say, “Oops, sorry, do you need a plaster?”
Wayne Gerard Trotman

“A love of convenience, an insincere love, always ends in betrayal.”
Marty Rubin

“No words are more obscene than "I love you" when you don't mean it.”
Marty Rubin

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Two of the biggest problems with language is that you can say what you do not mean to say, and that you can say what you do not mean.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, P for Pessimism: A Collection of Funny yet Profound Aphorisms

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