Monday, May 18, 2009



Among the numerous stratagems by which pride endeavors to recommend folly to regard, there is scarcely one that meets with less success than affectation, or a perpetual disguise of the real character by fictitious appearances.—


Great vices are the proper objects of our detestation, smaller faults of our pity, but affectation appears to be the only true source of the ridiculous.—Fielding.

We are never made so ridiculous by the ijualities we have, as by those we affect to have.—Rochefoucauld.

Affectation is certain deformity; by forming themselves on fantastic models, the young begin with being ridiculous, and often end in being vicious.—Blair.

In all the professions every one affects a particular look and exterior, in order to appear what he wishes to be thought; so that it may be said the world is made up of appearances.—


Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than the small-pox.—St. Evremond.

Paltry affectation, strained allusions, and disgusting finery are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; they are but too frequently the badges of ignorance or of stupidity, whenever it would endeavor to please.—


Affectation hides three times as many virtues M Charity does sins.—Horace Mann.

Affectation is to be always distinguished from hypocrisy, as being the art of counterfeiting those qualities, which we might with innocence and safety, be known to want. Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villany ; affectation part of the chosen trappings of folly.—Jolirnon.

Die of a rose in aromatic pain.—Pope.

Affectation proceeds from one of these two causes, — vanity or hypocrisy; for as vanity puts us on affecting false characters, in order to purchase applause ; so hypocrisy sets us on an endeavor to avoid censure, by concealing our vices under an appearance of their opposite virtues.—Fielding.

Affectation in any part of our carriage is lighting up a candle to sec our defects, and never fails to make us taken notice of, either as wanting sense or sincerity.—Locke.

All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich.—Lavater.

When Cicero consulted the oracle at Del- phos, concerning what course of studies he should pursue, the answer was, " Follow Nature." If every one would do this, affectation would be almost unknown.—./. Beaumont.

Avoid all affectation and singularity. What is according to nature is liest, and what is contrary to it is always distasteful. Nothing is graceful that is not our own.—Jeremy Collier.

Hearts may be attracted by assumed qualities, but the tifl'ections are only to be fixed by those that are real.—De May.

I will not call vanity and affectation twins, because, more properly, vanity is the mother, and affectation is the darling^ daughter. Vanity is the sin, and affectation is the punishment; the first may be called the root of self-love, the other the fruit. Vanity is never at its full growth till it spreadeth into affectation, and then it is complete.—Sir II. Saville.

There is a pleasure in affecting affectation.—


Affectation naturally counterfeits those excellences which are placed at the greatest distance from possibility of attainment, because, knowing our own defects, we eagerly endeavor to supply them with artificial excellence.—


Affectation is as necessary to the mind a* dress is to the body.—llazlitt.

It is remarkable that great affectation and great absence of it (unconsciousness) are at first sight very similar; they are both apt to produce singularity.—Bishop Whately.

Affectation discovers sooner what one is than it makes known what one would fain appear to be.—Stanislaus.

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