Quotes and Sayings about Hypocrisy



"Politeness, n: The most acceptable hypocrisy."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Hypocrisy, Politeness)

"Most terrorists are people deeply concerned by what they see as social, political, or religious injustice and hypocrisy, and the immediate grounds for their terrorism is often retaliation for an action of the United States."
- William Blum
(Related: People, Action, Hypocrisy, Injustice, Religious, states, Terrorism, United)

"Morality becomes hypocrisy if it means accepting mothers' suffering or dying in connection with unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions and unwanted children."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Morality, Children, Connection, Dying, Hypocrisy, Mothers, Suffering)

"Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Hypocrisy, Nothing, Promise, Promises)

"In England the only homage which they pay to Virtue - is hypocrisy."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Virtue, England, Hypocrisy)

"I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating... because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition."
- Fidel Castro
(Related: War, Capitalism, Causes, Competition, Hypocrisy)

"Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy."
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin
(Related: Hypocrisy, Ostentation)

"If privacy ends where hypocrisy begins, Kitty Kelley's steamy expose is a contribution to contemporary history."
- Eleanor Clift
(Related: History, Hypocrisy, Privacy)

"Hypocrisy is the outside of cynicism."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Cynicism, Hypocrisy)

"Hypocrisy is a value that I think has been embraced by the Republican Party. We get lectured by people all day long about moral values by people who have their own moral shortcomings."
- Howard Dean
(Related: People, Values, Day, Hypocrisy, Party, Republican)

"I will use whatever position I have in order to root out hypocrisy. Democrats have strong moral values. Frankly, my moral values are offended by some of the things I hear on programs like "Rush Limbaugh," and we don't have to put up with that."
- Howard Dean
(Related: Values, Democrats, Hypocrisy, Order, Will)

"A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Government, Conservative, Hypocrisy)

"The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right. And I think that Christian voters should start looking at global warming and extreme poverty as a religious issue that speaks to the culture of life."
- Al Franken
(Related: Life, Christian, Culture, Extreme, Global warming, Hypocrisy, Poverty, Religious, Right)

"Our fear of hypocrisy is forcing us to live in a world where gluttons are fine, so long as they champion gluttony."
- Jonah Goldberg
(Related: Fear, Gluttony, Hypocrisy, World)

"The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Hypocrisy, Repentance, Vice)

"Amin is the shame of the whole world. The fact that he managed to rule so long and commit so many crimes was only possible thanks to the hypocrisy of the East and the West who were waging the Cold War for world domination."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: War, Fact, Hypocrisy, Shame, World)

"Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy."
- Christine Keeler
(Related: Discretion, Hypocrisy, Word)

"When we walk away from global warming, Kyoto, when we are irresponsibly slow in moving toward AIDS in Africa, when we don't advance and live up to our own rhetoric and standards, we set a terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy."
- John F. Kerry
(Related: Global warming, Hypocrisy, Rhetoric)

"An once of hypocrisy is worth a pound of ambition."
- Michael Korda
(Related: Ambition, Hypocrisy, Worth)

"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 de Mandeville
(Related: Quality, Habit, Act, Hypocrisy, Passion, World)

"Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy."
- Jose Marti
(Related: Hypocrisy, Liberty, Man, Right)

"Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin, but a virtue."
- Judith Martin
(Related: Virtue, Hypocrisy, Sin)

"Democracy is hypocrisy without limitation."
- Iskander Mirza
(Related: Democracy, Hypocrisy)

"Reagan and Bush... made the world safe for hypocrisy."
- Julia Phillips
(Related: Hypocrisy, World)

"Honest discussions - even and perhaps especially on topics about which we disagree - can help us resist hypocrisy and arrogance. They can also help us live up to the basic ideals, such as liberty and justice for all, on which our country was founded."
- David E. Price
(Related: Arrogance, Country, Help, Hypocrisy, Ideals, Justice, Liberty)

"There's a lot more hypocrisy than before. Racism has gone back underground."
- Richard Pryor
(Related: Hypocrisy, Racism)

"Rural towns aren't always idyllic. It's easy to feel trapped and be aware of social hypocrisy."
- Bill Pullman
(Related: Hypocrisy)

"There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy, hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny."
- Frederick William Robertson
(Related: Fraud, Hypocrisy, Mercy, Tyranny, World)

"Hypocrisy is great fodder for comedy."
- Mo Rocca
(Related: Comedy, Hypocrisy)

"Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Virtue, Hypocrisy, Vice)

"There is so much hypocrisy in sports."
- Dennis Rodman
(Related: Sports, Hypocrisy)

"You begin to realize that hypocrisy is not a terrible thing when you see what overt fascism is compared to sort of covert, you know, communal politics which the Congress has never been shy of indulging in."
- Arundhati Roy
(Related: Politics, Congress, Fascism, Hypocrisy)

"With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Talent, People, Honesty, Ability, Hypocrisy, Modesty)

"It's to be a person who's able to shoot little arrows into sacred cows and knock politicians off their pedestals, to look out for hypocrisy, advocate for all sorts of things from social justice to peace."
- Jonathan Shapiro
(Related: Peace, Cows, Hypocrisy, Justice, Politicians)

"I would think a sense of the absurd is more important for a political cartoonist, because that could define things like a sense of hypocrisy or a sense of the things one has to be skeptical about."
- Jonathan Shapiro
(Related: Hypocrisy, Sense)

"When part of what you're trying to get at is the truth hidden under a taboo, or when you want to nail a hypocrisy, laughter is a very useful tool. I want to show the painful side of existence, but there is no question I also want to make people laugh."
- Todd Solondz
(Related: Truth, People, Existence, Hypocrisy, Laughter, Question, Trying, Want)

"Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness."
- Stendhal
(Related: Hypocrisy, Mathematics)

"Hypocrisy is the essence of snobbery, but all snobbery is about the problem of belonging."
- Alexander Theroux
(Related: Hypocrisy, Snobbery)

"Even modern English people are imperious, superior, ridden by class. All of the hypocrisy and the difficulties that are endemic in being British also make it an incredibly fertile place culturally. A brilliant place to live. Sad but true."
- Pete Townshend
(Related: People, Being, Class, Difficulties, English, Hypocrisy)

"There's no hypocrisy in Hell's Kitchen."
- Ethel Waters
(Related: Hell, Hypocrisy, Kitchen)

"The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy."
- Paul Wellstone
(Related: Idea, Democracy, Hypocrisy)

"Because hypocrisy stinks in the nostrils one is likely to rate it as a more powerful agent for destruction than it is."
- Rebecca West
(Related: Destruction, Hypocrisy)

"When I saw corruption, I was forced to find truth on my own. I couldn't swallow the hypocrisy."
- Barry White
(Related: Truth, Corruption, Hypocrisy)

"Rude contact with facts chased my visions and dreams quickly away, and in their stead I beheld the horrors, the corruption, the evils and hypocrisy of society, and as I stood among them, a young wife, a great wail of agony went out from my soul."
- Victoria Woodhull
(Related: Dreams, Society, Wife, Soul, Corruption, Facts, Hypocrisy, Visions, Wail)

"Why does the rest of the world put up with the hypocrisy, the need to put a happy face on sorrow, the need to keep on keeping on?... I don't know the answer, I know only that I can't."
- Elizabeth Wurtzel
(Related: Hypocrisy, Rest, Sorrow, World)