Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Which one among you ain’t posing and playacting?
~ Old Grimes, a character in an episode of Perry Mason
If there is a wide gulf between your faith and feelings right now because of the hurt and pain you are feeling, that’s not hypocrisy—that’s honesty.
~ Joey O’Connor, in Heaven’s Not a Crying Place: Teaching Your Child About Funerals, Death, and the Life Beyond
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Hypocrisy desires to seem good rather than to be so; honesty desires to be good rather than seem so.
~ Arthur Warwick
But then I sigh, and with a piece of scripture tell them that God bids us do good for evil. And thus I clothe my naked villainy with odd old ends stol’n forth of holy writ, and seem a saint when most I play the devil.
~ William Shakespeare, in King Richard III