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Insincerity

  • Avoid that romantic trap: saying more than you feel, forcing yourself to feel more than you've said!

    • Natalie Clifford Barney,
    • "Scatterings" (1910), in Anna Livia, ed., A Perilous Advantage: The Best of Natalie Clifford Barney ()
  • The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere.

  • ... a manufactured interest has no staying quality — especially if it involves any hard work.


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  • Dramatic natures are not often insincere, they are only unreal.

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    • The Way to Peace ()
  • Our danger is now, not of expressing and feeling too little, but of expressing more than we feel.

  • Only a Californian would have observed that it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell the real fake from the fake fake.

  • We none of us talk to people as we do behind their backs.

  • But in my life, in my personality, there is an essence of falseness and insincerity. A thin, fine vapor of fraud hangs always over me and dampens and injures some things in me that I value.

  • Once you can fake sincerity, you can fake anything.

  • He realized ... that the loudest are the least sincere, that arrogance is a quality of the ignorant, and that flatterers tend to be vicious.