74 Quotes About Pretense

Pretense quotes are often used to criticize someone who exaggerates, pretends, or embellishes their actions. The term originated in the late 18th century, but it appeared in its current form in the early 19th century. By the end of that century it had become a standard insult. It is commonly used to describe someone who exaggerates or lies about their accomplishments Read more

It is also used to criticize someone with little merit or achievement.

That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending - performing. You get to love your pretence. It's true, we're locked in an image, an act - and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you're trying to steal their most precious possession. Jim Morrison
I cannot encourage any fabrication even for the sake of making people feel good. If I were to fabricate consciously and knowingly, I would not only be ordaining myself their enemy, but also ordaining myself God's enemy. Criss Jami
I don't impressed if you're a religious person. I just wanna know about soul behind that mask. Toba Beta
For a sane person to sincerely be happy that someone...
For a sane person to sincerely be happy that someone has succeeded, they have to either be profiting or likely to profit from that person’s success, or be that person. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Most sane human beings’ chances of being alive in a...
Most sane human beings’ chances of being alive in a thousand years’ time are a hundred times higher than their chances of being sincerely happy for at least ten consecutive days. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
If we get separated there’s not much hope of us...
If we get separated there’s not much hope of us ever meeting anywhere, but I need to keep up the pretense of hope because that may be all we have. Susan Ee
Most human beings would have never been pained by the...
Most human beings would have never been pained by the death of a human being if they had never seen a human being or pretending to be pained by that. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
When you aren't sincere you need to pretend, and by...
When you aren't sincere you need to pretend, and by pretending you end up believing yourself; that's the basic principle of every faith. Alberto Moravia
I was utterly convinced that an intellectual could never be anything but an intellectual, was simply not capable of being anything else, that his intellectuality would, sooner or later, erode his faith or erode whatever he'd masked it with . For example, intellectuals like to dress themselves up as peasants . but it never works. The intellectual's constitution is impervious to such things - it permits only one object of worship - oneself. Generally speaking, an intellectual in the contemporary version is an exceptionally resourceful and, essentially, pitiful being. . Leonid Borodin
So may the outward shows be least themselves: The world is still deceived with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error, but some sober brow Will bless it and approve it with a text, Hiding the grossness with fair ornament? There is no vice so simple but assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts. William Shakespeare
I do not consider it an insult, but rather a...
I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure – that is all that agnosticism means. Clarence Darrow
Dear my strong girls, you will all go through that phase of life making a mistake of helping a toxic girl whose friendship with you turns into her self-interest. This kind of girls is a real burden towards the empowerment of other females as they can never get past their own insecurity and grow out of high-school-like drama. Despite how advanced we are in educating modern women, this type will still go through life living in identity crisis, endlessly looking for providers of any kind at the end of the day. They can never stand up for others or things that matter because they can't stand up for themselves. They care what everyone thinks only doing things to impress men, friends, strangers, everyone in society except themselves, while at the same time can't stand seeing other women with purpose get what those women want in life. But let me tell you, this is nothing new, let them compete and compare with you as much as they wish, be it your career, love or spirit. You know who you are and you will know who your true girls are by weeding out girls that break our girlie code of honor, but do me a favor by losing this type of people for good. Remind yourself to never waste time with a person who likes to betray others' trust, never. Disloyalty is a trait that can't be cured. Bless yourself that you see a person's true colors sooner than later. With love, your mama. XOXO . Shannon L. Alder
Art should be pretentious. The place to be sincere is...
Art should be pretentious. The place to be sincere is in one's relationships. Marty Rubin
People pretend to be other people because they have never...
People pretend to be other people because they have never thought of their true selves Sunday Adelaja
Some people wish they were as happy as or happy...
Some people wish they were as happy as or happy like some people think they are. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Some disabled people spend a significant amount of their energy...
Some disabled people spend a significant amount of their energy on trying to come across as abled or as not that disabled. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
To evade insanity and depression, we unconsciously limit the number...
To evade insanity and depression, we unconsciously limit the number of people toward whom we are sincerely sympathetic. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
It was masturbation, not willpower, that made it possible for...
It was masturbation, not willpower, that made it possible for gazillions of women to walk down the aisle with their reputation and their hymen still intact. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Some women have been faking orgasms for so long that...
Some women have been faking orgasms for so long that they sometimes fake one when they are masturbating. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
A man cannot really be called (sexually) confident if he...
A man cannot really be called (sexually) confident if he has never bought his woman a vibrator. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Some men do not know the father of 'their' children.
Some men do not know the father of 'their' children. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
The primary goal of a righteous parent who has a daughter is to minimize the number of boys and men for whom their daughter will have willingly opened her legs come her wedding day; the closer to zero, the more righteous they will seem. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Some people are so sexually unattractive that the thought of...
Some people are so sexually unattractive that the thought of masturbating turns them off. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Coco Chanel is said to have said that a girl...
Coco Chanel is said to have said that a girl should be two things: who and what she is. I say a girl should do two things: what and who she wants. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Those who are esteemed umpires of taste, are often persons who have acquired some knowledge of admired pictures or sculptures, and have an inclination for whatever is elegant; but if you inquire whether they are beautiful souls, and whether their own acts are like fair pictures, you learn that they are selfish and sensual. Their cultivation is local, as if you should rub a log of dry wood in one spot to produce fire, all the rest remaining cold. Their knowledge of the fine arts is some study of rules and particulars, or some limited judgment of color or form which is exercised for amusement or for show. It is a proof of the shallowness of the doctrine of beauty, as it lies in the minds of our amateurs, that men seem to have lost the perception of the instant dependence of form upon soul. . Ralph Waldo Emerson
Look on beauty, And you shall see 'tis purchased by the weight; Which therein works a miracle in nature, Making them lightest that wear most of it: So are those crisped snaky golden locks Which make such wanton gambols with the wind, Upon supposed fairness, often known To be the dowry of a second head, The skull that bred them in the sepulchre. Thus ornament is but the guiled shore To a most dangerous sea; the beauteous scarf Veiling an Indian beauty; in a word, The seeming truth which cunning times put on To entrap the wisest. William Shakespeare
Character that is fruit-producing can be summed up in the mastery of these 5 qualities: morals, but a sense of humor; love, but respect for criticism; intelligence without pretense; humility without self-loathing; and a mind open, but with solid convictions. Criss Jami
Science is knowledge meeting humility meeting curiosity: ever-evolving, always learning. Atheism is often but knowledge meeting arrogance: a masquerade under the wing of the beauty of science. Religion is infamously a weight under the one wing; then under the other is atheism, the championed masquerade. Criss Jami
There was always a screen behind which one could hide– a superior who in turn had his superior– orders, instructions, duties, commands– and finally the many-headed monster, morale, necessity, hard reality, responsibility, or whatever it was called– there was always a screen behind which to evade the simple law of humanity. Erich Maria Remarque
Culture is a symbolic veil with which we hide our animal nature from ourselves … and other animals. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Being called ‘love’ or ‘my love’ by someone doesn’t necessarily mean that you are loved or even liked by them. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
I don't like bullshit and pretense. I can't enjoy the joy at church...without some cash in my wallet. Toba Beta
But these were essentially the accoutrements that appeal to all people who are not actually rich but who want to look rich, though all they manage to do is look like each other: damasks, ebony, plants, rugs and bronzes, anything dark and gleaming-everything that all people of a certain class affect so as to be like all other people of a certain class. And his arrangements looked so much like everyone else's that they were unremarkable, though he saw them as something truly distinctive. Leo Tolstoy
The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend! Edith Wharton
Pretense cannot sustain blind power. Dejan Stojanovic
Knowledge of Self is very important, you can't be living in a world pretending to be someone you're not. No one will ever believe in you, when you don't have the courage to believe in yourself. You can not live to impress others solely not giving thought to express your true being. No one wants to interact with a pretender, a fake, a wannabe. Amaka Imani Nkosazana
Fiction: a game of pretend. Marty Rubin
Novelists are basically inviting their readers to play a game of pretend. That's what fiction is: a game of pretend. Marty Rubin
To give herself a measure of credible autonomy, she had decided to invent a husband. Then, in a subsequent flash of inspiration, she had just as quickly killed him off. Tracy Anne Warren
My correspondence has certainly the charm of variety, and the humbler are usually the more interesting. This looks like one of those unwelcome social summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie. Arthur Conan Doyle
Everyone is watching you. If you don’t believe it, just pretend to fail and you’ll see many mockers. For this reason, work hard as if you are doing everyone’s business! Israelmore Ayivor
Perfect' - the most misattributed word in English language A 'perfect' thing can never be improved - at least by what the meaning implies. Why should anyone want to be perfect? Unfortunately, this happens to be my greatest flaw. Turning a relative idea into an absolute one. Seeking perfection in others - or should I say 'subconsciously seeking perfection in myself' and projecting a benchmark based in fantasy on others. Makes one come across as judgmental, intolerant, arrogant or impatient - in short, a platinum-class jerk. But you, my friend, are too kind to tell me. Or you'd rather bear for the moment and cuss me roundly when I'm gone. That's unfair to us both. If I have ever done this to you, I am sincerely sorry. Accept my profound apologies. Eniitan Akinola
When things are like hunky dory, every enemy comes in the name of friend, but when things are twisted like turmoil, every friendly enemy shows you their colour. Michael Bassey Johnson
Whatever is above will be managed by the powers above you. Don’t live as a man, pretending to be God. Do what you can do; leave what you can’t to God! Israelmore Ayivor
Cowardice is when you hide away from your real self, and wear another self in pretense. Be yourself; that is bravery. If yourself is not better for you to be, change yourself and live in that changed self! Israelmore Ayivor
I was thinking that being a demon and a ghost must be very difficult, even for Charles; if he ever forgot, or let his disguise drop for a minute, he would be recognized at once and driven away; he must be extremely careful to use the same voice every time, and present the same face and the same manner without a slip; he must be constantly on guard against betraying himself. I wondered if he would turn back to his true self when he was dead. Shirley Jackson
In a world of selfie-addiction smile usually is the brand name for an essential drug called pretense Munia Khan
Like a Columbus of the heart, mind and soul I have hurled myself off the shores of my own fears and limiting beliefs to venture far out into the uncharted territories of my inner truth, in search of what it means to be genuine and at peace with who I really am. I have abandoned the masquerade of living up to the expectations of others and explored the new horizons of what it means to be truly and completely me, in all my amazing imperfection and most splendid insecurity. Anthon St. Maarten
How much self-love comes in the guise of selfless devotion! Susan Sontag
As you recover, you will find yourself letting go of many of your negative beliefs. You will discover that many of the so-called truths you were raised with and forced to believe are not truths at all. With this perspective, you will come to see, for example, that the names you were called as a child are simply not true. You are not ‘stupid, ’ ‘lazy, ’ ‘ugly, ’ or a ‘liar’. You can discover just who you really are. You can let go of your pretenses and masks and discover who the real person is underneath. Beverly Engel
Some human beings in their craftiness thought they can pretend to be good when they are actually bad. Bamigboye Olurotimi
To put an arrogant 'famous' writer in his place: pretend to be illiterate. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
I can do everything with my language but not with my body. What I hide by my language, my body utters. I can deliberately mold my message, not my voice. By my voice, whatever it says, the other will recognize "that something is wrong with me". I am a liar (by preterition), not an actor. My body is a stubborn child, my language is a very civilized adult... Roland Barthes
Well, do you suppose I made up my mind then that what I had seen was something sickening? Not a bit of it. 'If it was done with such assurance and everyone thought it was necessary, then they must have known something I didn't, ' was what I thought, and I tried to find out what it was. But I couldn't, no matter how hard I exerted myself. And since I couldn't, I couldn't join the army as I'd planned to, and not only did I not join the army, I couldn't find a place for myself anywhere in society, and ended up being no good for anything, as you can see.' Oh yes, we know all about how you're no good for anything, ' said one of us, 'But tell us: how many men would be no good for anything if it weren't for the likes of you?. Leo Tolstoy
You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it. Alan Moore
Adopting the language of a pretense only serves to ease participation in it. Bartok
There's a difference between playing and playing games. The former is an act of joy, the latter – an act. Vera Nazarian
I became good at pretending. I became so good that after a while the lines blurred between my truth and fiction. And sometimes, when I did a really good job of pretending, I even fooled myself. Ruta Sepetys
Pretension, dear love, does not buy truth into lies, nor alter its course. Sreesha Divakaran
The vice president (Nixon) seems like a man who is acting like a nice man rather than being one. Ann Whitman
I live there...where the birds are infiniteeverywherewhere they fleeit's a place your eyes can wanderbut never see Where everyone accepts me, Without any pretense It's a place your mind can picturebut never really comprehend. Sanober Khan
As they walked out of the store, Ifemelu said, “I was waiting for her to ask ‘Was it the one with two eyes or the one with two legs?’ Why didn’t she just ask ‘Was it the black girl or the white girl?’” Ginika laughed. “Because this is America. You’re supposed to pretend that you don’t notice certain things. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Employment is an employee’s kissing of an employer’s ass. A salary is the employer’s pretense to be cleaning his ass. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
There are two kinds of love: the love that is and the love that isn't. Marty Rubin
I don't damsel well. Distress, I can do. Damseling? Not so much. James Patterson
The Jews have made him [Yahweh] the assassin of the human species, to make room for the religion of the Jews. The Christians have made him the murderer of himself, and the founder of a new religion to supersede and expel the Jewish religion. And to find pretence and admission for these things, they must have supposed his power or his wisdom imperfect, or his will changeable; and the changeableness of the will is the imperfection of the judgement. Thomas Paine
[E]verywhere I'm looking at kids, adults mostly don't seem to like them, not even the parents do. They call the kids gorgeous and so cute, they make the kids do the thing all over again so they can take a photo, but they don't want to actually play with them, they'd rather drink coffee talking to other adults. Sometimes there's a small kid crying and the Ma of it doesn't even hear. Emma Donoghue
It is better to lack the semblance of honor but possess it than to possess the semblance and lack the honor. Lynn Flewelling
After all, what was adult life but one moment of weakness piled on top of another? Most people just fell in line like obedient little children, doing exactly what society expected of them at any given moment, all the while pretending that they’d actually made some sort of choice. Tom Perrotta
To put an arrogant 'famous' singer in her place: pretend to be deaf. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
The problem with wearing a facade is that sooner or later life shows up with a big pair of scissors. Craig D. Lounsbrough
Above the keyhole the door has a latch. It is pretending to be an authentic old latch. The door is pretending to be an authentic old door. Maybe everything there is isn't authentic any more. Maybe everything there is is a kind of pretending. Ali Smith
A monster is a person who has stopped pretending. Colson Whitehead