Hypocrisy.

Author:Matthews, Anne
Position:Commonplace Book
 
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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. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.

--HANNAH ARENDT, On Revolution, 1963

Go to bed early, get up early--this is wise. Some authorities say get up with the sun; some say get up with one thing, others with another. But a lark is really the best thing to get up with. It gives you a splendid reputation with everybody to know that you get up with the lark; and if you get the right kind of lark, and work at him right, you can easily train him to get up at haft past nine, every time--it's no trick at all.

--MARK TWAIN

"Advice to Youth," 1882

The smiler with the knife under the cloak.

--GEOFFREY CHAUCER

"The Knight's Tale," ca. 1380

Deep in the heart of every public figure lies the impulse to prove that he is not the sum of his handlers. The more their words, gestures, wardrobe, travel schedules, offhand remarks, and moral values have become products of professional operatives, the more anxious they are to demonstrate that they are, in fact, self-directed human beings.... In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt copied the typewritten draft of his inaugural address in longhand, the better to prove that he had, in fact, written it himself. The only thing he had to fear was an overly inquisitive historian.

--JEFF GREENFIELD

The People's Choice, 1995

The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.... He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist?... It was quite simple. M1 that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. "Reality control," they called it; in Newspeak, "doublethink."

--GEORGE ORWELL

Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1949

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?... To him ... your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy--a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.

--FREDERICK DOUGLASS

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