I love to read the dedications of old books written in monarchies for they invariably honor some (usually insignificant) knight or duke with fulsome words of sycophantic insincerity, praising him as the light of the universe (in hopes, no doubt, for a few ducats to support future work); this old practice makes me feel like such an honest and upright man, by comparison, when I put a positive spin, perhaps ever so slightly exaggerated, on a grant proposal.
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.
That's what show business is--sincere insincerity.
The basis of insincerity is the idealized image we hold of ourselves and wish to impose on others.anaïs nin
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.
Social intercourse, with its ... hypocrisy ... is highly productive of thought-hindering insincerity.
Those who err in one direction, always take care to let you know that they are quite free from error in the opposite direction. A boorish man thanks God very loudly that he is not insincere nobody having ever thought of accusing him even of that small and wretched approach to politeness, which is sometimes flavored by insincerity.
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns instinctively to long words and exhausted idiomslike cuttlefish squirting out ink.