Pretense Quotes

Quotes tagged as "pretense" (showing 1-30 of 112)
Jim Morrison
“That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending - performing. You get to love your pretence. It's true, we're locked in an image, an act - and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you're trying to steal their most precious possession.”
Jim Morrison

Patrick Rothfuss
“We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Alan Moore
“You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.”
Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

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

James Patterson
“I don't damsel well. Distress, I can do. Damseling? Not so much.”
James Patterson, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

Jody Gehrman
“I despise the rituals of fake friendship. I wish we could just claw each other's eyes out and call it a day; instead we put on huge radiant smiles and spout compliments until our teeth hurt from the saccharine sweetness of it all.”
Jody Gehrman, Babe in Boyland

Zora Neale Hurston
“Those that don't got it, can't show it. Those that got it, can't hide it.”
Zora Neale Hurston

Clarence Darrow
“I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure — that is all that agnosticism means.”
Clarence Darrow

Ruta Sepetys
“I became good at pretending. I became so good that after a while the lines blurred between my truth and fiction. And sometimes, when I did a really good job of pretending, I even fooled myself.”
Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea

Kate Chopin
“He could see plainly that she was not herself. That is, he could not see that she was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.”
Kate Chopin, The Awakening

Vera Nazarian
“There's a difference between playing and playing games. The former is an act of joy, the latter — an act.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Tom Perrotta
“After all, what was adult life but one moment of weakness piled on top of another? Most people just fell in line like obedient little children, doing exactly what society expected of them at any given moment, all the while pretending that they’d actually made some sort of choice.”
Tom Perrotta, Little Children

Virginia Woolf
“Half the time she did things not simply, not for themselves; but to make people think this or that; perfect idiocy she knew for no one was ever for a second taken in.”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

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

Roland Barthes
“I can do everything with my language but not with my body. What I hide by my language, my body utters. I can deliberately mold my message, not my voice. By my voice, whatever it says, the other will recognize "that something is wrong with me". I am a liar (by preterition), not an actor. My body is a stubborn child, my language is a very civilized adult...”
Roland Barthes, A Lover's Discourse: Fragments

William Shakespeare
“So may the outward shows be least themselves:
The world is still deceived with ornament.
In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt,
But, being seasoned with a gracious voice,
Obscures the show of evil? In religion,
What damned error, but some sober brow
Will bless it and approve it with a text,
Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?
There is no vice so simple but assumes
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

A.W. Tozer
“The heart of the world is breaking under this load of pride and pretense. There is no release from our burden apart from the meekness of Christ.”
A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine

Elizabeth Gaskell
“Mrs Forrester ... sat in state, pretending not to know what cakes were sent up, though she knew, and we knew, and she knew that we knew, and we knew that she knew that we knew, she had been busy all the morning making tea-bread and sponge-cakes.”
Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford

Criss Jami
“I cannot encourage any fabrication even for the sake of making people feel good. If I were to fabricate consciously and knowingly, I would not only be ordaining myself their enemy, but also ordaining myself God's enemy.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Toba Beta
“I don't like bullshit and pretense.
I can't enjoy the joy at church...
without some cash in my wallet.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Toba Beta
“I don't impressed if you're a religious person.
I just wanna know about soul behind that mask.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

William Shakespeare
“Look on beauty,
And you shall see 'tis purchased by the weight;
Which therein works a miracle in nature,
Making them lightest that wear most of it:
So are those crisped snaky golden locks
Which make such wanton gambols with the wind,
Upon supposed fairness, often known
To be the dowry of a second head,
The skull that bred them in the sepulchre.
Thus ornament is but the guiled shore
To a most dangerous sea; the beauteous scarf
Veiling an Indian beauty; in a word,
The seeming truth which cunning times put on
To entrap the wisest.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Leonid Borodin
“I was utterly convinced that an intellectual could never be anything but an intellectual, was simply not capable of being anything else, that his intellectuality would, sooner or later, erode his faith or erode whatever he'd masked it with . . . For example, intellectuals like to dress themselves up as peasants . . . but it never works. The intellectual's constitution is impervious to such things - it permits only one object of worship - oneself. Generally speaking, an intellectual in the contemporary version is an exceptionally resourceful and, essentially, pitiful being.”
Leonid Borodin, Partings

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some women do not masturbate for pleasure; they masturbate to make a political statement: to remind us that women do not really need men (or at least not as much and as frequently as every single male chauvinist and every single misogynist believes).”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, On Masturbation: A Satirical Essay

Erich Maria Remarque
“There was always a screen behind which one could hide— a superior who in turn had his superior— orders, instructions, duties, commands— and finally the many-headed monster, morale, necessity, hard reality, responsibility, or whatever it was called— there was always a screen behind which to evade the simple law of humanity.”
Erich Maria Remarque, Arch of Triumph: A Novel of a Man Without a Country

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Those who are esteemed umpires of taste, are often persons who have acquired some knowledge of admired pictures or sculptures, and have an inclination for whatever is elegant; but if you inquire whether they are beautiful souls, and whether their own acts are like fair pictures, you learn that they are selfish and sensual. Their cultivation is local, as if you should rub a log of dry wood in one spot to produce fire, all the rest remaining cold. Their knowledge of the fine arts is some study of rules and particulars, or some limited judgment of color or form which is exercised for amusement or for show. It is a proof of the shallowness of the doctrine of beauty, as it lies in the minds of our amateurs, that men seem to have lost the perception of the instant dependence of form upon soul.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Poet

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“It was masturbation, not willpower, that made it possible for gazillions of women to walk down the aisle with their reputation and their hymen still intact.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, On Masturbation: A Satirical Essay

Dejan Stojanovic
“Pretense cannot sustain blind power.”
Dejan Stojanovic

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some women have been faking orgasms for so long that they sometimes fake one when they are masturbating.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, On Masturbation: A Satirical Essay

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Most sane human beings’ chances of being alive in a thousand years’ time are a hundred times higher than their chances of being sincerely happy for at least ten consecutive days.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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