The Best Quotes About Hypocrisy 

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A list of the best hypocrisy quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous hypocrisy quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic hypocrisy quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational hypocrisy quotes from that same writer.

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The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite! Tennessee Williams
Better to be known as a sinner than a hypocrite.
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
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. Hannah Arendt
Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue. Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld
A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could. William Hazlitt
Clean your finger before you point at my spots. Benjamin Franklin
Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job. W. Somerset Maugham
How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say. Oscar Wilde
With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy. Arthur Schopenhauer
Often a noble face hides filthy ways. Euripides
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Jesus Christ
With affection beaming in one eye, and calculation shining out of the other. Charles Dickens
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity. G. K. Chesterton
The wicked work harder to preach hell than the righteous do to get to heaven.
At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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. Charles Cooley
The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it. Oscar Wilde
When you see a great deal of religion displayed in his shop window, you may depend on it, that he keeps a very small stock of it within. Charles Spurgeon
Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised. Leo Tolstoy
And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats, none knew so well as I: for he who lives more lives than one more deaths than one must die. Oscar Wilde
No habit or quality is more easily acquired than hypocrisy, nor any thing sooner learned than to deny the sentiments of our hearts and the principle we act from: but the seeds of every passion are innate to us, and nobody comes into the world without them. Bernard Mandeville
The only vice which cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy. William Hazlitt
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Jesus Christ
Keep thy smooth words and juggling homilies for those who know thee not. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron