41 Quotes About Pretension

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Artificial beliefs are normally based on a claim made to something that is not necessarily true. These types of falsehoods can be dangerous to society. Here is a look at some great quotes about pretension and the effects it can create in one’s life.

“A snob is that man or woman who is always pretending to be something better–especially richer or more fashionable–than he is.”

“All human beings have gray little souls-and they all want to rouge them up.”

“As a general rule, people who flagrantly pretend to anything are the reverse of that which they pretend to.”

“For in religion as in friendship, they who profess most are ever the least sincere.”

“Frankly – and believe me, I say this without any pretense – when I see the road I’ve taken, I have to say that thanks to good luck, because without good luck one can do nothing, I’ve come out pretty well.”

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.”

“Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.”

“Greatness is a transitory experience. It is never consistent. It depends in part upon the myth-making imagination of humankind. The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he or she is in.”

“I expect nothing of man, and disown the race. The only folly is expecting what is never attained; man is most contemptible when compared with his own pretensions. It is better to laugh at man from outside the universe, than to weep for him within.”

“I have no pretensions whatever to that kind of elegance which consists in tormenting a respectable man.”

“I have to say that my husband and my children are so tough, there really is no space for pretension.”

“I think people can stand to take themselves just a little less seriously. I’m fighting the war against pretension.”

“In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability.”

“It is no disgrace not to be able to do everything; but to undertake, or pretend to do, what you are not made for, is not only shameful, but extremely troublesome and vexatious.”

“It is the care of a very great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest. They support themselves by temporary expedients, and every day is lost in contriving for to-morrow.”

“It would be futile to attempt to fit women into a masculine pattern of attitudes, skills and abilities…”

“Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God.”

“Man is a make-believe animal: he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.”

“Marriage is not a natural phenomenon. It is artificial, arbitrary. And when it disappears you cannot do anything to bring it back. You can pretend, but that pretension makes you a hypocrite.”

“One who preserves all the exterior decencies of ignorance.”

“Political Freedom without economic equality is a pretense, a fraud, a lie; and the workers want no lying.”

“Pretending is a virtue. If you cant pretend, you can’t be king.”

“Pretension almost always overdoes the original, and hence exposes itself.”

“Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth.”

“Some pretences daunt and discourage us, while others raise us to a brisk assurance.”

“The desire of appearing clever often prevents our becoming so.”

“The mark of a man of the world is absence of pretension.”

“The middle class is so funny, it’s the class I know best, and it’s the class where you find the most pretension, so that’s what makes the middle classes so funny.”

“The only good in pretending is the fun we get out of fooling ourselves that we fool somebody.”

“The world is a collective madhouse, its inhabitants are merely faking sanity. It is critical to becoming aware of these aberrations, for pretensions can be the enemy of love.”

“The world is his who can see through its pretension. What deafness, what stone-blind custom, what overgrown error you behold, is there only by sufferance,–by your sufferance.”

“There is nothing finer in the world than the telling of tales. Split atoms if you wish, but splitting an infinitive-and getting away with it-is far nobler.”

“To copy beauty forfeits all pretense to fame; to copy faults is want of sense”

“To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them ratified.”

“True glory strikes root, and even extends itself; all false pretensions fall as do flowers, nor can any feigned thing be lasting.”

“We all wear some disguise, make some professions, use some artifice, to set ourselves off as being better than we are; and yet it is not denied that we have some good intentions and praiseworthy qualities at bottom.”

“We are in a position of financial and social power, and we could be agents of change in our society.”

“What I bring – my team and I, because it’s not only me – is this sense of elegance and casualness, and no pretension. There’s also a sense of loyalty – loyalty to my customers, but also loyalty from my staff.”

“Who makes the fairest show means most deceit.”

“You must not under any pretense allow your mind to dwell on any thought that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.”

“You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.”

A lot of people in life look for some rich quick scheme or something that promises an immediate result. What you will find out in life is not everything is as it seems.