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Quotes about pretension:


  • "It is worth noticing that those who assume an imposing demeanor and seek to pass themselves off for something beyond what they are, are not unfrequently as much underrated by some as overrated by others."
  • "Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed: nature never pretends."
  • "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."
  • "True glory strikes root, and even extends itself; all false pretensions fall as do flowers, nor can anything feigned be lasting."
  • "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."
  • "He who gives himself airs of importance, exhibits the credentials of impotence."
  • "The desire of appearing clever often prevents our becoming so."
  • "The more honesty a man has, the less he affects the air of a saint."


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  • Klopsch, Louis, 1852-1910 (1896). Many Thoughts of Many Minds.