Pretending Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old pretending quotes, pretending sayings, and pretending proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Hypocrisy is not a way of getting back to the moral high ground. Pretending you're moral, saying you're moral is not the same as acting morally.     

Alan Dershowitz

Pretending that we live doesn't make us alive.     

Serj Tankian

Pretending to know everything closes the door to finding out what's really there.     

Neil deGrasse Tyson

I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.     

Oscar Wilde

The best way to not get your heart broken, is pretending you don't have one.     

Charlie Sheen

Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical.     

John Fowles

You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.     

American Indian Proverb, Navajo

Pretending is not just play. Pretending is imagined possibility. Pretending, or acting, is a very valuable life skill and we do it all the time.     

Meryl Streep

When one is pretending the entire body revolts.     

Anais Nin

Wearing a mask wears you out. Faking it is fatiguing. The most exhausting activity is pretending to be what you know you aren't.      

Rick Warren

The only good in pretending is the fun we get out of fooling ourselves that we fool somebody.     

Booth Tarkington

Wisdom consists partly in not pretending anymore, in discarding artifice.     

Julian Barnes

It's much more interesting to embrace who you really are rather than waste energy pretending to be someone else.     

Adam Levine

The terrible immoralities are the cunning ones hiding behind masks of morality, such as exploiting people while pretending to help them.      

Vernon Howard

You're pretending this isn't your life. You think it's going to happen some other time. When you're dead you'll realise you were alive now.      

Caryl Churchill

Everybody wants to lie to himself, pretending that there's something else besides only the normal life you're living in.      

Gaspar Noe

There’s no use of pretending to be good in front of people who are also doing same to us.. Mutual deceptions don’t lead anywhere.     

Rajneesh Sharma

Everyone in a position of authority is hysterical, and everyone else is pretending to be asleep.      

Samuel R. Delany

Nobody really knows what they're doing. Some are just better at pretending like they do.     

Kumail Najiani

Half the trouble in life is caused by pretending there isn't any.     

Edith Warthon

There is weakness in pretending to know more than you know or in stating less than you know.     

Robert Henri

You don't get anything worth getting by pretending to know things you don't know.     

Sam Harris

Pretending that there are no choices to be made - reading only books, for example, which are cheery and safe and nice - is a prescription for disaster for the young.     

Louis Lowry

You gain power by pretending to be weak.     

Chuck Palahniuk

Confidence is very important - even pretending to be confident. If you make a mistake but do not let your opponent see what you are thinking then he may overlook the mistake.      

Viswanathan Anand

We are born knowing how to be just. And we die knowing we spent a lifetime pretending we didn't.      

Susan Meissner

Good people protect people they love even if that means that pretending that everything is okay.      

Ron McLarty

I think any hardship is better than pretending to do what one is paid for, and never really doing it.      

George Eliot

Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.     

Alan Watts