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Hypocrisy is not a way of getting back to the moral high ground. Pretending you're moral, saying your moral is not the same as acting morally.
People are sad. People are broke. People are worried about money, people are worried that they're not enough and not amounting to anything and they don't feel good about themselves. People have rough times, and everybody's pretending it's not true, and we need to break that veneer.
I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don't hurt me, because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.
The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it's not going to happen. I'm fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years.
Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.
Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.
J. K. Rowling
I wouldn't say I'm a feminist, but I don't like girls pretending to be stupid because it's easier.
Some people have a difficult time facing truth and reality. They prefer to live in a make-believe world, pretending that certain things aren't happening.
I like playing heavy metal music and pretending I'm a vampire in front of the mirror.
There's something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk.
Acting is a nice childish profession - pretending you're someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself.
There's only one requirement of any of us, and that is to be courageous. Because courage, as you might know, defines all other human behavior. And, I believe - because I've done a little of this myself - pretending to be courageous is just as good as the real thing.
As a kid, you run around the house pretending to be a superhero, and now to be doing it as a job, I feel very lucky.
It's amazing how many things you can do when you're just pretending.
Pretending that we live doesn't make us alive.
There's something magical about spending a Sunday night watching real people at a deli, then watching fake people pretending to be real on TV, then engaging in (arguably) false interaction with (arguably) real people on the Internet. Never at any prior point in time has this been possible.
The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be.
My father and I used to tussle about me becoming an actor. He's from strong, Presbyterian Scottish working-class stock, and he used to sit me down and say, 'You know, 99 percent of actors are out of work. You've been educated, so why do you want to spend your life pretending to be someone else when you could be your own man?'
I made some games, but I'm pretending like I didn't because they all turned out weird.
I've learned that you can call it a band, but unless everyone is contributing, it's not, really. It's pretending that it's a band.
I always approach comedy roles pretending they aren't funny.
When I was a kid, I used to pretend to be Bond; I used to make up scenarios and irritate my sister and annoy my mother and father pretending to be someone else, so I kind of was already acting when I was a child. I just didn't really know it.
I got attention by being funny at school, pretending to be retarded, and jumping around with a deformed hand.
When you're going through a breakup, you should just let yourself feel everything so you can get over it as opposed to pretending everything's okay and dragging it out.
It's not so much religion per se, it's false certainty that worries me, and religion just has more than its fair share of false certainty or dogmatism. I'm really concerned when I see people pretending to know things they clearly cannot know.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
C. S. Lewis
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