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Marilyn MonroeIf you're gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.

—  Marilyn Monroe, 1926-1962, American actress

Bette DavisThere was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen.

—  Bette Davis, 1908-1989, American actress

Joseph RouxThere are people who laugh to show their fine teeth; and there are those who cry to show their good hearts.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

Arthur SchopenhauerWe forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Ambrose BiercePoliteness , n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

JuvenalThere is nothing worse than words of kindness that lie.

—  Juvenal, 1st-2nd cent. AD, Roman satiric poet

Charles de GaulleIn order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

La RochefoucauldHypocrisy is an homage that vice pays to virtue.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

La RochefoucauldNothing prevents us being natural so much as the desire to appear so.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Joseph StalinIf 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, 1879-1953, Soviet leader

William ShakespeareGod hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Hamlet

La RochefoucauldWe confess to little faults only to persuade ourselves we have no great ones.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Anton ChekhovOrdinary hypocrites pretend to be doves; political and literary hypocrites pretend to be eagles. But don't be disconcerted by their aquiline appearance. They are not eagles, but rats or dogs.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Marcel ProustIn a separation it is the one who is not really in love who says the more tender things.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

William ShakespeareThe lady doth protest too much, methinks.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Hamlet

Funny Quotes

Abraham LincolnIf I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?

—  Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, American President


Ancient Greek

HomerWelcome words on their lips, and murder in their hearts.

Έσθλ' αγορεύοντες, κακά δε φρεσί βυσσοδόμευον.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Odyssey XVII


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