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There is no worse sickness for the soul, o you who are proud, than this pretence of perfection. - Jalal-Uddin Rumi
The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing. - Abraham Cowley
To copy beauty forfeits all pretence. - Charles Churchill
Alderman: An ingenious criminal who covers his secret thieving with a pretence of open marauding. (The Devil's Dictionary) - Ambrose Bierce
And then he danced; all foreigners excel The serious Angles in the eloquence Of pantomime; he danced, I say right well, With emphasis, and also with good sense, A thing in footing indispensable: He danced without theatrical pretence, Not like a ballet-master in the van Of his drilled nymphs, but like a gentleman. - Lord Byron
He did not object to Gladstone's always having the ace of trumps up his sleeve, but only to his pretence that God put it there. - Henry DuPre Labouchere
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretence of taking care of them. - Thomas Jefferson
A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretence. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent. - Maya Angelou