49 Quotes About Hypocrisy


There are many parts of the world around us that we view as hypocritical to society. Avoiding critiquing every part of our lives to check on consistency, here are some great quotes about hypocrisy that are encouraging.

“A man generally has two reasons for doing a thing. One that sounds good, and a real one.”

“A man who should act, for one day, on the supposition that all the people about him were influenced by the religion which they professed would find himself ruined by night.”

“Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than smallpox.”

“All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance.”

“All reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.”

“Almost all of us long for peace and freedom; but very few of us have much enthusiasm for the thoughts, feelings, and actions that make for peace and freedom.”

“As no roads are so rough as those that have just been mended, so no sinners are so intolerant as those that have just turned saints.”

“Because hypocrisy stinks in the nostrils one is likely to rate it as a more powerful agent for destruction than it is.”

“Children lack morality, but they also lack fake morality.”

“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”

“Don’t judge others simply because they sin differently than you.”

“Go put your creed into your deed.”

“He does not believe who does not live according to his belief.”

“He rightly reads scripture who turns words into deeds.”

“How seldom we weigh our neighbors in the same balance as ourselves.”

“Hypocrite: the man who murdered both his parents… pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.”

“I don’t never have any trouble in regulating my own conduct, but to keep other folks’ straight is what bothers me.”

“If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners — let us thank heaven for hypocrisy.”

“If you treat a man like a brute, he is justified, of course, in acting like one toward you.”

“It is a good divine that follows his own instructions.”

“Just remember, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything and the wrong way is to keep trying to make everybody else do it the right way.”

“Let your conscience speak more, and your tongue less.”

“Loud indignation against vice often stands for virtue in the eyes of bigots.”

“Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.”

“Many of us believe that wrongs aren’t wrong if it’s done by nice people like ourselves.”

“Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.”

“Most everyone seems willing to be a fool himself, but he can’t bear to have anyone else one.”

“Most of us are aware of and pretend to detest the barefaced instances of that hypocrisy by which men deceive others, but few of us are upon our guard or see that more fatal hypocrisy by which we deceive and over-reach our own hearts.”

“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.”

“People are very inclined to set moral standards for others.”

“Saying is one thing, doing another. We must consider the sermon and the preacher distinctly and apart.”

“That which we call sin in others is experiment for us.”

“The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.”

“The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.”

“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”

“The hypocrite’s crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one.”

“The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales.”

“The most illustrious expounders of the law have often been its most notorious violaters.”

“The most melancholy thing about human nature, is, that a man may guide others into the path of salvation, without walking in it himself; that he may be a pilot, and yet a castaway.”

“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.”

“The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs, of his neighbor.”

“Those whose conduct gives room for talk are always the first to attack their neighbors.”

“Throughout our lives, we see in the mirror the same innocent trusting face we have seen there since childhood.”

“We are irritated by rascals, intolerant of fools, and prepared to love the rest. But where are they?”

“We have two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice and another which we practice but seldom preach.”

“Whatever you condemn, you have done yourself.”

“When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.”

“When you say that you agree with a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.”

“Your religion is what you do when the sermon is over.”

Dealing with a hypocrite can be a difficult task to undertake.

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