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A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.
If he who employs coercion against me could mould me to his purposes by argument, no doubt he would. He pretends to punish me because his argument is strong; but he really punishes me because his argument is weak.
A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween.
Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.
Flattery in courtship is the highest insolence, for whilst it pretends to bestow on you more than you deserve, it is watching an opportunity to take from you what you really have.
Psychoanalysis pretends to investigate the Unconscious. The Unconscious by definition is what you are not conscious of. But the Analysts already know what's in it - they should, because they put it all in beforehand.
Even crushed against his brother in the Tube the average Englishman pretends desperately that he is alone.
The only thing worse than a coach or CEO who doesn't care about his people is one who pretends to care. People can spot a phony every time.
Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.
A diva is someone who pretends to know who she is and looks fabulous doing it.
A superstition which pretends to be scientific creates a much greater confusion of thought than one which contents itself with simple popular practices.
Sometimes people ask me, 'You do stand-up?' I try explaining what I do, and I don't think they really get it. So: 'Yeah, I do stand-up.' I wish there was one word to express what I do - that way, I don't sound arrogant. Whenever I say I'm a performer, people think I'm a performance artist: 'She paints herself white and pretends to be a flower.'
The telecom industry pretends like it's not getting paid.
Iran stands behind a substantial number of terrorist actions against us, together with Hizballah and the Islamic Jihad. It pretends to care for the Palestinians.
I am not one of those guys who pretends not to enjoy his own work.
No one pretends anymore that the Olympics are just about sports. It's routine to talk about what effect holding the Games in this or that capital will have on the host country's international reputation, how a nation's prestige can be raised by its medal count.
Economics pretends to be a science. Its practitioners fill blackboards with equations and clog computers with data. But it is really a faith, or more accurately a set of overlapping and squabbling faiths, each with its own doctrines.
An actor is someone who pretends to be somebody else. A movie star is somebody who pretends that somebody else is them.
Quite frankly, I would prefer to have a non-Christian like Mitt Romney who at least pretends to embrace biblical principles over a professing Christian like Barack Obama who embraces very unbiblical positions on abortion.
Sometimes I get ideas from childhood. In 'The Hat', Hedgie starts getting teased about his hat, and he just pretends that everything is okay. That's the advice that my mother gave me - not to get mad and pretend that everything is okay. And it worked.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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