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The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) American playwright.

How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

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 (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.

Better to be known as a sinner than a hypocrite.


With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher.


The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) English intellectual.

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

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) British novelist.

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

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.