Masquerade Sayings and Quotes

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


Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.     

Oscar Wilde

Life is a masquerade. Everywhere you look are people hiding behind masks.     

Ridze Khan

His appearance in reality a hidden masquerade.     

Justin Bienvenue

The defenders of the status quo often masquerade as the preservers of harmony.     

Mark Sheppard

We are so accustomed to masquerade ourselves before others that we end by deceiving ourselves.      

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Stripped of all their masquerades, the fears of men are quite identical: the fear of loneliness, rejection, inferiority, unmanageable anger, illness and death.     

Joshua L. Liebman

The mask in which you choose to disguise yourself uncovers who you subconsciously are or want to be. Masks reveal in the eyes the face that lies hidden as if the mask is a dark glass mirroring your soul.     

Chloe Thurlow

Why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe?     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.     

Howard Thurman

Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly cynics.     

Stephen Colbert

And many more destructions played in this ghastly masquerade, all disguised, even to the eyes, like bishops, lawyers, peers, or spies.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Freedom is no guarantee of anything. It is only defined today by what it is not. What it is takes forms strange and of infinite variety - bizarre as in a masquerade.     

Josephine Winslow Johnson

Modern society is a biological disaster masquerading as progress.     

Steven Magee

Pretending can be a bold form of experimentation and inventiveness. In pretending joy or happiness, we may discover or enhance our capacity for it.     

Harriet Lerner

No one can long hide behind a mask; the pretense soon lapses into the true character.     

Seneca The Younger

Let's be honest. You let yourself be pulled in because it felt good to be wanted, needed. But then it went too far, as projected images always do. If it's not a real image, but one that has been projected on to you, then you can keep up the masquerade for only so long before the mask cracks and the paint on the mask peels away.     

Tori Amos

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

A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man's self-respect and inherent human dignity.     

Aung San Suu Kyi

Masks reveal the shape of your soul and the state of the world and, in today's world, everyone wears a mask.     

Chloe Thurlow

And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade.     

Alexander Pope

All is as if the world did cease to exist. The city's monuments go unseen, its past unheard, and its culture slowly fading in the dismal sea.     

Nathan Reese Maher

Civilization is the lamb's skin in which barbarism masquerades.     

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

You were my favorite mistake. A masquerade that nice guys can persuade with such charming ways and leave you with such heartache.      

Celia Rouge Hofin

Precise forecasts masquerade as accurate ones.     

Nate Silver

Such subtle covenants shall be made, 'til peace itself is war in masquerade.     

John Dryden

Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense.     

Tennessee Williams

The present always masquerades as a beginning; maybe we couldn't endure it if we realized at the time that it was a peak, or even an ending.     

Robin Morgan

Masks reveal. They don't conceal. Masks reveal your cravings, your passion, your deepest most secret desires.     

Chloe Thurlow

The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

Because these consequences are distributed globally, the problem masquerades as a distraction. Because the length of time between causes and consequences stretches out longer than we're used to dealing with, it gives us the illusion that we have the luxury of time. Neither of those things is true.     

Al Gore