44 of the Best Hypocrisy Quotes

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Hypocrisy occurs when a person criticizes a behavior or view of the world and claims to have strong beliefs about that. But then their behavior shows that they do not actually believe what they are saying deep down, because their behavior is totally different.

Some have even likened it to wearing a mask. For example, a politician may put on a big act in public about being concerned about global climate change and trying to convince their constituents that society should use less fossil fuels and pollute the environment less. And then fly frequently on a private jet and use a lot of fuel and generate a lot of pollution which means their actual behavior is the opposite of what they are saying in public.

In this post we share the best 44 quotes about being a hypocrite – enjoy!

Hypocrisy Quotes

1. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”–Jane Austen, Persuasion

2. “Do you know who The real hypocrite is? It’s The federal government and The Justice Department. It’s a fraud; it’s a lie. They have no interest in The education of black children. They are only interested in The politics of it.”– James Meredith

3. “If any foreign minister begins to defend to The death a peace conference, you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships And airplanes.”–Joseph Stalin, Soviet leader

4. “No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself And another to The multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be The true.”–Nathaniel Hawthorne

5. “When a child hits a child, we call it aggression. When a child hits an adult, we call it hostility. When an adult hits an adult, we call it assault. When an adult hits a child, we call it discipline.”– Haim G. Ginott

6. “Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing The magic And delicious power of reflecting The figure of man at twice its natural size.”– Virginia Woolf.

7. “Hypocrisy is a condition of survival. The law of adaptation to environment, whether in The higher or lower forms of animal life, is a law dependent on flexibility. How quickly can We change? How quickly can we put away our previous selves and engender newer attitudes? Turn-coat, Volte-face, and Trimmer always survive in the struggle for existence.”–Benjamin De Casseres

8. “I have been known for some time as a person who speaks The truth And speaks it strongly. I have always called a liar a liar And a hypocrite a hypocrite.”–Cindy Sheehan

9. “A man can sleep around, no questions asked, but if a woman makes nineteen or twenty mistakes she’s a tramp.”–Joan Rivers

10. “It is farmers who are nice to The cows and The pigs And then kill them. It’s even more hypocritical than hunters. At least The hunters don’t flatter The animals.”–Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer

11. “A woman knows very well that, though a wit sends her his poems, praises her judgment, solicits her criticism, And drinks her tea, this by no means signifies that he respects her opinions, admires her understanding, or will refuse, though The rapier is denied him, to run through The body with his pen.”–Virginia Woolf, Orlando

12. “Hypocrites are those who apply to others The standards that they refuse to accept for themselves.”–Noam Chomsky, philosopher.

13. “It is humiliating to realize that when you drive yourself underground, when you fake who you are, often you do so for people you do not even like or respect.”–Nathaniel Branden

14. “None of us can claim to be fair And square in love – And I’m definitely not a hypocrite! Humans are built to evolve with time. It depends on The nature of The relationship you share with a person. It is there today, tomorrow it may be gone; c’est la vie.”–Randeep Hooda

15. “And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in The native land of The hypocrite.”–Oscar Wilde

16. “My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, And viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.”–Mary Wollstonecraft

17. “A hypocrite is The kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount The stump And make a speech for conservation.”–Adlai E. Stevenson II

18. “Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it; anything but live for it.”–Charles Caleb Colton

19. “Satire was evidently designed by Heaven for The purpose of unveiling hypocrites And rendering The vile ridiculous.”–Able Brewster

20. “Hypocrites in The Church? Yes, And in The lodge And at The home. Don’t hunt through The Church for a hypocrite. Go home And look in The mirror. Hypocrites? Yes. See that you make The number one less.”–Billy Sunday

21. “I wore black because I liked it. I still do, And wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion — against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.”–Johnny Cash

22. “I think that generally one of The things that–one of The things that I sort of feel like is The meta issue in The type of political commentary that I do is that nobody really cares about hypocrisy–everybody expects hypocrisy from politicians. And so, you tell a politician they are being a hypocrite, And they say, oh, you have such a nasty tune, stop saying those rude things, because they don‘t care about The substance of it.”–Rachel Maddow

23. “I don’t want to go back to The national team And play The hypocrite when some of them asked for me to be kicked out.”–Samir Nasri

24. “He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.”–Sigmund Freud

25. “Nothing prevents us being natural so much as The desire to appear so.”–La Rochefoucauld, French writer

26. “I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked And being good all The time. That would be hypocrisy.”|–Oscar Wilde.

27. “I will speak daggers to her, but use none; My tongue And soul in this be hypocrites.”–William Shakespeare

28. “We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.”–Thomas Fuller

29. “We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one which we preach, but do not practice, And another which we practice, but seldom preach.”–Bertrand Russell, British philosopher

30. “When you turn your back on hypocrisy And do nothing you don’t change The hearts of others you change yours.”–Shannon L. Alder

31. “Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him — or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know How many great women have had great fathers And husbands behind them.”–Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

32. “Hypocrisy is a quality found in others. I am an optimist. I believe that saying The right thing will eventually cause people to do The right thing for me.”–Bauvard

33. “It is not possible to read a person at first sight. The virtues are usually covered by The veil of modesty, while The flaws wear The mask of hypocrisy.”–Jean DE La Bruyère, French writer

34. “The people who make wars, The people who reduce their fellows to slavery, The people who kill And torture And tell lies in The name of their sacred causes, The really evil people in a word–these are never The publicans and The sinners. No, they’re The virtuous, respectable men, who have The finest feelings, The best brains, The noblest ideals.”–Aldous Huxley

35. “For me, The key is I always have to be The same person. If someone was to hear me say something on Fox And hear me say something different on NPR, they would say, ‘The guy is a hypocrite.’ “–Juan Williams

36. “I was not a hypocrite, with one real face And several false ones. I had several faces because I was young And didn’t know who I was or wanted to be.”–Milan Kundera, The Joke

37. “When you aren’t sincere you need to pretend, And by pretending you end up believing yourself. That’s The basic principle of every faith.”–Alberto Moravia, Italian writer

38. “When I do see a picture of myself that has been touched up too much, I do get a bit sad… it makes me look like a hypocrite. It breaks my heart. I would rather shoot a magazine And shoot my flaws, but that’s not up to me.”–Kendra Wilkinson

39. “Pretension usurps The highest seats, puts on The robe of sanctity And utters aloud, to be heard of men, The prayers that The true heart breathes in silent confidence into The ear of a loving Father. Nowhere is The hypocrite a greater usurper than in The realm of religion.”–Henry F. Kletzing & Elmer L. Kletzing=

40. “A hypocrite is more dangerous than a dishonest man. A dishonest man deceives And cheats, And a hypocrite betrays And swindles.”–Dr T.P.Chia

41. “I care not for a man’s religion whose dog And cat are not The better for it.”–Abraham Lincoln

42. “The core problem of hypocrisy is that it precludes The accurate appraisal of moral worth, privileging appearance over reality.”–Ronald C. Naso

43. “I think I wear my hypocrisy on my sleeve. I would never say I’m not a complete hypocrite.”–Bo Burnham

44. “It’s amazing How much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.”–Thomas Sowell.


Hypocrites are people who will basically say one thing and then do another.  It is most pronounced when they have a very very strong opinion about one thing but then do another.

For example, let’s say that someone has very strong opinions about the climate and is in protests about global climate change. And then you realize they just bought a new car that is an SUV that gets poor mileage. So it uses a lot of gas and generates a lot of carbon emissions.

What the person is saying publicly about how concerned they are about the environment and how much things should change. And then instead of helping to be part of the change, their behaviors are basically the opposite.