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Pretense

  • Sometimes I pose, but sometimes I pose as posing.

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

  • ... pretense is the oil that lubricates society.

  • When one is pretending, the entire body revolts.

  • She's nothing but skim milk pretending to be cream.

  • But I warn you ... I am only really myself when I'm somebody else whom I have endowed with these wonderful qualities from my imagination.

  • How to fool yourself into feeling younger: When you go to restaurants, always check a coat and a skateboard.

  • Let me apologize for all the faces I've worn, none of them my own.

    • Ruth Whitman,
    • title poem, The Marriage Wig and Other Poems ()
  • ... she took a little picture of M. de Turenne from madame d'Elbeuf, who used to wear it on her arm. Madame d'Elbeuf asked her for it several times; she always told her, she had lost it, but we guess it is not lost to every one.

    • Madame de Sévigné,
    • 1675, Letters of Madame de Sévigné to Her Daughter and Her Friends, vol. 3 ()
  • cosmopolitan: / look like you don't really look; / act like you don't really act; / sit like you wouldn't sit if you were home alone.

    • Alta,
    • Letters to Women
    • ()
  • ... I didn't know what she was talking about, so I said 'I know that. Who doesn't know that?'

  • Pretending can be a bold form of experimentation and inventiveness. In pretending joy or happiness, we may discover or enhance our capacity for it.

  • ... the essence of vulgarity seemed to lie in the pretence at being or the attempt to be, something that one really was not, with the resulting lack of ease and dignity and taste.

  • ... Vermer tried a pass at me, after giving me lunch one day, and later had tall tales to tell, but that is not uncommon among inferior men. He was only one of a long series of males, who for one reason or another, to boost their own ego, find it satisfying to boast of what they have not achieved.

  • There is nothing which prevents feeling like shamming it. Pretence dries up the heart.

  • What good for a shrimp to don a dragon's tail?

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

  • In sports, as in love, one can never pretend.