Be hypocritical, be cautious, be Not what you seem but always what you see.
Lord Byron, Don Juan (1818-24), Canto XI, Stanza 86.
Away, and mock the time with fairest show; False face must hide what the false heart doth know.william shakespeare
And the veil Spun from the cobweb fashion of the times, To hide the feeling heart?mark akenside
And prate and preach about what others prove, As if the world and they were hand and glove.william cowper
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy; affectation, part of the chosen trappings of folly! The one completes a villain, the other only finishes a fop. Contempt is the proper punishment of affectation, and detestation the just consequence of hypocrisy.samuel johnson
When a man puts on a Character he is a stranger to, there's as much difference between what he appears, and what he is really in himself, as there is between a Vizor and a Face.
Society mediates between the extremes of, on the one hand, intolerably strict morality and, on the other, dangerously anarchic permissiveness through an unspoken agreement whereby we are given leave to bend the rules of the strictest morality, provided we do so quietly and discreetly. Hypocrisy is the grease that keeps society functioning in an agreeable way, by allowing for human fallibility and reconciling the seemingly irreconcilable human needs for order and pleasure.
[Y]ou never come right out and admit you have stretched the rules for your own benefit. You do it and shut up about it, and hope you don't get caught, because if you are caught no one or no one who has any sense will come forward and say he has done the same thing himself.
For neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks Invisible, except to God alone, By his permissive will, through heav'n and earth.john milton
He was a man Who stole the livery of the court of Heaven To serve the Devil in.robert pollok
In sermon style he bought, And sold, and lied; and salutations made In Scripture terms. He prayed by quantity, And with his repetitions long and loud, All knees were weary.robert pollok
Constant at Church and 'Change; his gains were sure; His givings rare, save farthings to the poor.Alexander Pope
Thou hast prevaricated with thy friend, By underhand contrivances undone me: And while my open nature trusted in thee, Thou hast slept in between me and my hopes, And ravish'd from me all my soul held dear. Thou hast betray'd me.nicholas rowe
'Tis too much proved that with devotion's visage And pious action we do sugar o'er The devil himself.william shakespeare
I will speak daggers to her, but use none; My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites.william shakespeare
O, what may man within him hide, Though angel on the outward side!william shakespeare
O serpent heart, hid with a flowering face! Did ever a dragon keep so fair a cave?william shakespeare
A man I knew who lived upon a smile, And well it fed him; he look'd plump and fair, While rankest venom foam'd through every vein.Edward Young
Thus 'tis with all; their chief and constant care Is to seem everything but what they are.Oliver Goldsmith
Woe unto thee if after all thy profession thou shouldst be found under the power of ignorance, lost in formality, drowned in earthly-mindedness, envenomed with malice, exalted in an opinion of thine own righteousness, leavened with hypocrisy and carnal ends in God's service.
Hypocrites do the devil's drudgery in Christ's livery.
When you see a man with a great deal of religion displayed in his shop window, you may depend upon it he keeps a very small stock of it within.
If you think that you can sin, and then by cries avert the consequences of sin, you insult God's character.
Men turn their faces to hell, and hope to get to heaven; why don't they walk into the horsepond, and hope to be dry?
A hypocrite is in himself both the archer and the mark, in all actions shooting at his own praise or profit.thomas fuller
How inexpressible is the meanness of being a hypocrite! how horrible is it to be a mischievous and malignant hypocrite.