Hypocrisy Quotes

 A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 A man that should call everything by its right name, would hardly pass the streets without being knocked down as a common enemy. 
Author: 1st Marquis of Halifax George Savile
Nationality: English
b. 18 July 1633  - d. 19 January 1695
  
 A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is little else than the expression of error. To suppose that sin, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake. Life and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal 
Author: Mary Baker Eddy
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1821  - d. 3 December 1910
  
 Courage and modesty are the most unequivocal of virtues, for they are of a kind that hypocrisy cannot imitate; they too have this quality in common, that they are expressed by the same color. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 Every man alone is sincere; at the entrance of a second person hypocrisy begins. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 He had the wife, the children and the house. and it looked good, but that didn't make a relationship. He was blank, totally self absorbed. One face at home, and another to the world, he had it down to a fine art. 
Author: Suzanne Annette De Michiel
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 January 1947
  
 His mirror meant more to him than his family. 
Author: Suzanne Annette De Michiel
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 January 1947
  
 Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job. 
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1874  - d. 16 December 1965
  
 Hypocrisy, the lie, is the true sister of evil, intolerance and cruelty. 
Author: Raisa M. Gorbachev
Nationality: Russian
b. 5 January 1932  - d. 20 September 1999
  
 I fear for the hundreds of thousands who may be killed in a war. In 1991 the US betrayed the Iraqi opposition, and the US armed Saddam when it suited them. The war is not about removing Saddam. The US wants Iraq's oil. 
Author: Muhammad Hassan Sabbagh
Nationality: Iraqi   
 I have often been asked, ''Do not people bore you?'' I do not understand quite what that means. I suppose the calls of the stupid and curious, especially of newspaper reporters, are always inopportune. I also dislike people who try to talk down to my understanding. They are like people who when walking with you try to shorten their steps to suit yours; the hypocrisy in both cases is equally exasperating. 
Author: Helen Adams Keller
Nationality: American
b. 27 June 1880  - d. 1 June 1968
  
 If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners - let us thank heaven for hypocrisy. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 If the good and evil which have grown out of the Christian Religion could be weighed against one another, which would tip the scales? 
Author: Eleanor Hibbert
Nationality: British
b. 01 September 1906  - d. 18 January 1993
  
 Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy. 
Author: Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Nationality: British
b. 29 December 1814  - d. 26 December 1880
  
 Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Simple doctrine was wrapped round and round with dogma so involved that the seed which had been planted by Jesus Christ was hidden and forgotten: taking the place of the wandering teacher who had given up all his worldly goods to the poor and followed in his Master's footsteps, there were the powerful men of the Church. 
Author: Eleanor Hibbert
Nationality: British
b. 01 September 1906  - d. 18 January 1993
  
 Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes begging. 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 The blatant two-faced hypocrisy of the pious never ceases to amaze me. 
Author: Suzanne Le Moy
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1894  - d.  December 1976
  
 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. 
Author: Hannah Arendt
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1906  - d. 4 December 1975
  
 Where there is no religion, hypocrisy becomes good taste. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy. 
Author: Arthur Schopenhauer
Nationality: German
b. 22 February 1788  - d. 21 September 1860
  
 If you would not step into the harlot's house, do not go by the harlot's door. 
Author: Thomas Secker
Nationality: English
b. December 1693  - d.  December 1768
  
 It's also worth knowing if a politician is a liar and hypocrite, which he is if he's campaigning with his wife and canoodling with someone else. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 True, you can't nail Arnold on hypocrisy. He told this story on himself 26 years ago and hasn't troubled to deny it since it re-emerged. In fact, if there is any dishonesty here, it may be in the anecdote itself. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. 
Author: Rev. Mary Manin Morrissey
Nationality: American
b. December 1949
  
 Hypocrisy is the outside of cynicism. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 By a lie a man throws away and, as it were, annihilates his dignity as a man. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 When I saw corruption, I was forced to find truth on my own. I couldn't swallow the hypocrisy. 
Author: Barry White
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1944  - d. 4 July 2003
  
 Man is an evasive beast, given to cultivating strange notions about himself. He is humiliated by his simian ancestry, and tries to deny his animal nature, to persuade himself that he is not limited by its weaknesses nor concerned in its fate. And this impulse may be harmless, when it is genuine. But what are we to say when we see the formulas of heroic self-deception made use of by unheroic self-indulgence? What are we to say when we see asceticism preached to the poor by fat and comfortable retainers of the rich? What are we to say when we see idealism become hypocrisy, and the moral and spiritual heritage of mankind twisted to the knavish purposes of class-cruelty and greed? What I say is - Bootstrap-lifting! 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 When we abolish the slavery of half of humanity, together with the whole system of hypocrisy that it implies, then the 'division' of humanity will reveal its genuine significance and the human couple will find its true form. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 Dealing with anything, it is hypocrisy I hate most. In religion, in relationships, in marriage - people hide behind things. With religion, evil people hide behind the cloth. In marriage, cowardly people hide behind the vows. In relationships, people hide behind lies. Hypocrisy distorts everything - what you see is not what you get. 
Author: Suzanne Annette De Michiel
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 January 1947
  
 It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the "fronts" people assume before one another's eyes, and the "front" a writer puts on the face of reality. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 One day after laying a wreath at the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr., President Bush appoints a federal judge who has built his career around dismantling Dr. King's legacy. 
Author: Hilary Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 26 October 1947
  
 The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they're not. 
Author: Hilary Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 26 October 1947
  
 It’s clear that some journalists now are in a market category where the amount of money that they can make on extracurricular activities raises, in my mind, exactly, and, clearly, in the public’s mind, exactly the same kind of conflict-of-interest questions that we are constantly raising with people in public life. 
Author: David S. Broder
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1929
  
 This is a formidable enemy. To dismiss it as a bunch of 'cowards' perpetuating 'senseless acts of violence' is complacent nonsense. People willing to kill thousands of innocents while they kill themselves are not cowards. They are deadly vicious warriors and need to be treated as such.  
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 You see, if I was a guy, and I was sitting here with a cigarette in my hand, grabbing my crotch and talking about how I make music because I like fast cars and fucking girls, you'd call me a rockstar. But when I do it in my music and in my videos, because I'm a female, because I make pop music, you're judgmental and you say that it is distracting. I'm just a rockstar. 
Author: Lady Gaga
Nationality: American
b. 28 March 1986
  
 If you give Falwell an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read: “All men are created equal except negroes, foreigners and Catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer immigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty–to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 It's a tragedy what is happening, what Bush is doing. All Bush wants is Iraqi oil. There is no doubt that the U.S. is behaving badly. Why are they not seeking to confiscate weapons of mass destruction from their ally Israel? This is just an excuse to get Iraq’s oil. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Rush Limbaugh, who has made a career preaching that anybody who does drugs has got to go right to jail - do not pass go, no questions asked, right to jail - gets caught doing thirty oxycontin a day. Thirty oxycontin?! Do you have any idea how high that is?! I don't, and I've been pretty high! 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Jim Bakker spells his name with two k's because three would be too obvious. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 I have sinned against you, my Lord. 
Author: Jimmy Swaggart
Nationality: American
b. 15 March 1935
  
 Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction. 
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Nationality: English American
b. 13 April 1949  - d. 15 November 2011
  
 You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do. 
Author: Fran Lebowitz
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1950
  
 I'd have to acknowledge that I have a weakness for the fairer sex - and I hope I never get over it. 
Author: Chuck Spittal Robb
Nationality: American
b. 26 June 1939
  
 If one removed from the New Testament, or from the eighth century prophets, for example, all the references to justice for the poor and loving one’s enemies. there wouldn’t be much left. 
Author: Richard Hughes
Nationality: Welsh
b. 19 April 1900  - d. 28 April 1976
  
 In a lot of religions in this world, gays and lesbians are not accepted… from my point of view, and I would say from a Buddhist point of view, gay and lesbian are welcome in my world. I’m happy to see how they love and take responsibility for each other and for their family. 
Author: Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
Nationality: Welsh
b. 17 September 1990
  
 Buddha never said to be gay is not good; to be lesbian is not good. 
Author: Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
Nationality: Welsh
b. 17 September 1990
  
 Buddha only cares about your happiness. God only cares for your happiness. If they do not care about your happiness, what are they talking about? What is their point? 
Author: Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
Nationality: Welsh
b. 17 September 1990
  
 So don’t be sad, don’t be unhappy if you are gay or lesbian. 
Author: Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
Nationality: Welsh
b. 17 September 1990
  
 In a relationship, it is appreciation of the other that is most important. This is the quality that will bring you happiness… whether you are heterosexual, gay or lesbian. 
Author: Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
Nationality: Welsh
b. 17 September 1990
  
 In some relationships love comes first, deep appreciation comes later; in others appreciation comes first and love comes later. It doesn’t matter as long as you are happy in yourself and happy in your relationship. 
Author: Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
Nationality: Welsh
b. 17 September 1990
  
 From outside everything looks very beautiful. But looking behind the glossy cover of the magazine, the reality is quite different. I really feel that a lot needs to be changed: Young children are mainly brought to the monastery to become monks because of their families’ financial difficulty. This is not the choice of the children . 
Author: Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
Nationality: Welsh
b. 17 September 1990
  
 Then they receive a religious education but not a regular education. This means that when the children grow up, if they decide to leave the monastery they have no way to live a good life. I have close friends who left the monastery when they became 19 or 20 yrs old, and now they are washing dishes in a restaurant or driving taxi. Since they have no training or education for living in the world, they will have a very difficult time to have a full and happy life. This breaks my heart. 
Author: Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
Nationality: Welsh
b. 17 September 1990
  
 Also I see the young monks learning about Dharma without having any direct experience of life; nor without the expericnce of Dharma in life. For example, I learned, as many young monks learn, that samsara lies outside the walls of the monastery; that those who are in relationship, those who are married, those who work and are fully engaged in life are in samsara while those of us in the monastery are not in samsara. We are educated with this kind of pride, this kind of prejudice. Some of these monks then go into retreat and come out as Lamas. They are invited to the west to live and teach in a Buddhist center. And when they arrive, they discover that “Samsara is Beautiful”. They then want to experience everything that life has to offer, and too often get involved in dharma business, and abusing and taking advantage of innocent people. Too often they use the Dharma to cover up and justify their personal behavior. 
Author: Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
Nationality: Welsh
b. 17 September 1990
  
 Another person might grow up outside the monastery, receive a regular education, and experience the joys and difficulties of life. And then having really understood that samsara is our own state of mind and our own attachment, decide to enter the monastery and follow a spiritual path. This to me is a much better approach. 
Author: Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
Nationality: Welsh
b. 17 September 1990
  
 So my idea is to create a school for children whose families have financial difficulty. The children will receive both normal and religious training. Then when the children reach 19 or 20 years of age, they can freely decide if they want to leave and have a personal life with work and family which they can do in a good way, with full appreciation of Dharma in their lives; if they want to join the school and education system, they will be welcome; and if they want to enter the monastery and follow a spiritual path they will do so fully and completely as their own decision. 
Author: Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
Nationality: Welsh
b. 17 September 1990
  
 For me the point of Dharma is to give us freedom and possibilities. Currently the system does not do that. I hope that this new approach will do so in my monasteries and Dharma communities. This is my vision. And I am determined to make it happen. 
Author: Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche
Nationality: Welsh
b. 17 September 1990
  
 But it has an even deeper lesson to teach us: the problems inherent to a spiritual philosophy that dehumanizes us. When we believe in supernatural realities to the extent that some young kid is somehow considered to be the reincarnation of a “Supremely Wise Being” we have essentially erased the person, the human being, behind all of our idealizations. Critiquing the corruptive power of such spiritual idealization is an oft cited and very relevant observation to make - which definitely applies to the monks who abused Kalu - but Kalu’s story is more than that. It is the story of a young man who is and was being crushed beneath the cultural and religio-political burdens of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is definitely a remarkable young man. Very few human beings are subjected to such a powerful machine of personal erasure as the Tulku tradition and yet he has come out of it with his humanity, while bruised, intact. 
Author: Shyam Dodge
Nationality: Welsh
b. 31 December 1984
  
 Again, I can relate to this. As a young boy my yogic community held me in high regard and, by the time I was twenty-five, had officially declared me to be a fully enlightened being. This conferment of spiritual authority produced a revelation in me, but not the one expected. 
Author: Shyam Dodge
Nationality: Welsh
b. 31 December 1984
  
 What I saw so clearly were four things, two of which Kalu touches upon in his video: 1. We are all human beings, no one person is superhuman or has some privileged connection to a hidden domain of consciousness kept just out of the reach of other normal human beings - no matter their title or religious esteem (or cultural pedigree for that matter). 2. There are very dark politics seething beneath all forms of religious hierarchy. Kalu describes a key motivator behind this cutthroat political underbelly and the attempts on his life when he states, “and then my own manager tried to kill me… I mean my teacher. And it’s all about money, power, controlling. Because, if you can control the president you can get what you want” (min 5:03 - 5:14). Disheartening words for a spiritual tradition that promotes selflessness and compassion. The third awakening is one that Kalu barely and only briefly gestures to in his video. This elision has to do with a number of things but most importantly: he is still operating as Kalu Rinpoche, which only perpetuates the hypocrisy he has been the victim of. If this revelation has dawned upon him he has yet to put it into practice. I will describe this third awakening in the paragraph below. But here I want to say that I have profound sympathy for Kalu. He has so much personal trauma to work through, so many cultural and religio-political burdens placed on his shoulders, and - not to sound condescending - a very significant educational gap to overcome due to his monastic training (I speak from experience). He needs a lot of help and my heart goes out to him. Nonetheless, he has yet to leave the Tulku machine. I know I will get a lot of flak for saying this, but, I truly hope he does. Of course, I understand that he is living under intense social pressure, as a Tibetan. Still, that doesn’t change his very human need for help, which requires the time and appropriate space to heal. I don’t see this type of healing as forthcoming in his maintaining the role of spiritual educator, and divine incarnation, in an orthodox tradition. 3. The third observation has to do with the pernicious effects of mind-body dualism. Whether it be Tibetan Buddhism, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, or Christian mysticism, there is a deep and abiding disgust for the human body. This negative view of our human biology stems from a belief in the existence and superiority of the spirit. Most traditional forms of spirituality (whether Eastern or Western) are predicated upon a metaphysical identification with an invisible spirit that survives the death of the body and contains our essence. In Tibetan Buddhism this spiritual “imprint” may be devoid of “true self” but it nonetheless survives the death of the body and contains the continuity of self necessary for the demands of reincarnation. The second commonality within religious traditions is that the body is viewed as an obstacle to the evolution of the spirit. In Patanjali’s system, this problem is resolved through the abnegation of the body’s essential needs and wants, including food, sex, intimacy, and love. Both the Buddhist and yogic traditions teach us to not grieve the dead, for all things are impermanent. This speaks to not only a profound fear of death but it is also a fear of life - for it is life denying. In order to guard against death, life itself is rejected in the form of militating against the physical body via spiritual detachment. I spent years engaging in this form of metaphysical asceticism. I rejected my body, denied it sex, fasted continuously and abstained from all “impure” foods. I was starving for intimacy, for love, for the permission to grieve those cherished ones who had died (including my father). I was desperate to be human. And yet, my whole spiritual life was predicated on denying my essential humanity. This note of desperation I do hear in Kalu’s video. He implores us to take care of our families, to be human. And I applaud him for that. But I, personally, think this effort to be human demands a reinvestment in the body itself. (See Julian Walker’s excellent article that touches upon these same themes, and in greater depth) It is, in many ways, an ethical decision. In order to treat others well I must value them, not an imaginary supernatural idea of “who they truly are as invisible spiritual beings,” but as living breathing persons that I can touch and know and speak to right now with my own body and my own eyes made of flesh. This also means that I can hurt those people if I don’t invest in the value of the human body. Spiritual idealizations, such as mind-body dualism, have the tendency to not only obscure but also erase the value of the physical - for it is the physical body that invalidates and casts doubts/threatens the world of spiritual idealizations. These are the dangers engendered by losing contact with the real, the tangible, the physical, for it is the erasure of persons replacing them with concepts - which is anti-body and therefore has profound implications for our very human lives. 4. The fourth observation I made soon after being officially declared a superhuman divinity is intimately connected to this third awakening. It has to do with the implications of reinvesting in the body. It is a revisioning of spirituality and ethics. 
Author: Shyam Dodge
Nationality: Welsh
b. 31 December 1984
  
 When we understand the importance of this living breathing human body, the questions are no longer about metaphysics, but ethics. The question is no longer “what is the meaning of life?” but is much more vitally “what should I do with this life?” This kind of spirituality, which is rooted in the reality of the body, elicits an interpersonal experience we can all share in. And it therefore generates an ethic of intimacy. This re-embodiment of our common humanity, based upon the value of the body itself, is in fact an ethical practice. 
Author: Shyam Dodge
Nationality: Welsh
b. 31 December 1984
  
 By reinvesting in the body, we reinvest in our ecology, economy, and society. Understanding that all things lean into one another we can develop an ethical philosophy that has immense force. The force of this ethic is grounded in the experience of inhabiting your own skin. From there we inhabit our environment, our community, and this earth. If I invest in my body then I naturally care about the rivers and the lakes, from which I get water to live. By investing in my own body I come into greater intimacy with the bodies of others, which makes me care for the wellbeing of others as well as myself. Therefore, the ethics of this embodied life are about intimacy and the world of relationship. By this simple act, this reinvestment in my humanity, the ethical and environmental ramifications are enormous. I have in one simple philosophical shift become an environmentalist and an embodied humanist.  
Author: Shyam Dodge
Nationality: Welsh
b. 31 December 1984
  
 The fourth observation I’ve come to call embodied spirituality (see Julian Walker’s wonderful sutra on this very topic), which is a type of embodied ethics and embodied ecology. Of course, I have not originated any of these ideas but they have been the touchstones by which I have learned to heal myself from years of metaphysical asceticism. It is also why I am no longer a monk or a guru, for both “occupations” perpetuate and engender beliefs I consider to be harmful to myself and others. Hence, my weariness regarding the Tulku theocracy via belief in reincarnation and its tendency to breed the kinds of exploitation and scandal Kalu is simultaneously mired in and exposing. 
Author: Shyam Dodge
Nationality: Welsh
b. 31 December 1984
  
 It is inhuman to deny yourself the pleasures of the body and it is inhuman to deny the overwhelming precedence and value of our embodied lives. If such an embodied spirituality were to gain traction in the world, as I am advocating for, we would see less moral travesties, exploitation, and sexual abuse in the guise of religious holiness, such as the sad story of Kalu Rinpoche. I also believe that if such an embodied spirituality were to take hold it might stir a revolution in ethics, that would extend into all spheres of our religious, political, and social lives. For it is about becoming more human, not less. 
Author: Shyam Dodge
Nationality: Welsh
b. 31 December 1984
  




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