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Pretension Quotes

These are some of the best 'Pretension' quotations and sayings.

As a general rule, people who flagrantly pretend to anything are the reverse of that which they pretend to. A man who sets up for a saint is sure to be a sinner, and a man who boasts that he is a sinner is sure to have some feeble, maudlin, snivelling bit of saintship about him which is enough to make him a humbug.

He who gives himself airs of importance, exhibits the credentials of impotence.

Hearts may be attracted by assumed qualities, but the affections are not to be fixed but by those that are real.

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.

The crafty person is always in danger; and when they think they walk in the dark, all their pretenses are transparent.

The desire of appearing clever often prevents our becoming so.

The higher the character or rank, the less the pretence, because there is less to pretend to.

The more accomplished way of using books at present, is to serve them as some do lords - learn their titles, and then boast of their acquaintance.

The more honesty a man has, the less he affects the air of a saint.

There is a false modesty, which is vanity; a false glory, which is levity; a false grandeur, which is meanness; a false virtue, which is hypocrisy, and a false wisdom, which is prudery.

True glory takes root, and even spreads; all false pretenses, like flowers, fall to the ground; nor can any counterfeit last long.

We are only vulnerable and ridiculous through our pretensions.

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.

Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed; nature never pretends.

Who makes the fairest show, means most deceit.