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These are some of the best 'Affectation' quotations and sayings.

Affectation differs from hypocrisy in being the art of counterfeiting qualities which we might with innocence and safety be known to want. - Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy; affectation, a part of the chosen trappings of folly.

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

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than the smallpox.

Affectation is certain deformity. - By forming themselves on fantastic models the young begin with being ridiculous, and often end in being vicious.

Affectation naturally counterfeits those excellencies which are farthest from our attainment, because knowing our defects we eagerly endeavor to supply them with artificial excellence.

Affectation proceeds either from vanity or hypocrisy; for as vanity puts us on affecting false characters to gain applause, so hypocrisy sets us on the endeavor to avoid censures by concealing our vices under the appearance of their opposite virtues.

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

All affectation proceeds from the supposition of possessing something better than the rest of the world possesses. Nobody is vain of possessing two legs and two arms, because that is the precise quantity of either sort of limb which everybody possesses.

All false practices and affectations of knowledge are more odious than any want or defect of knowledge can be.

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

Avoid all singularity and affectation. - What is according to nature is best, while what is contrary to it is always distasteful. Nothing is graceful that is not our own.

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

Hearts may be attracted by assumed qualities, but the affections can only be fixed and retained by those that are real.

Paltry affectation and strained allusions are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; but they are but the badges of ignorance or stupidity when it would endeavor to please.

We are never so ridiculous by the qualities we have, as by those we affect to have.