Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are.

You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.

Pride is the mask of one's own faults.

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.

Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

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Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance.

Vice knows that she is ugly, so she puts on her mask.

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Sometimes it's not the people who change, it's the mask that falls off.

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If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith.

There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same faith under another mask?

A mask of gold hides all deformities.

The business of obscuring language is a mask behind which stands the much bigger business of plunder.

Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.

Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness.

An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.

The mask can be a limitation, but you just deal with it.

You do get superhuman strength and pumpkin bombs and all this other stuff to express yourself with.'

Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.

It's a terrible thing to be alone -- yes it is -- it is -- but don't lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath --as terrible as you like --but a mask.

Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.

I was something of a prankster. One time I put a ski mask on my head and used a fake gun on the school secretary so that I could get some of my friends out of detention.

The system wears a mask of civility, yet will quickly reveal its true nature in the form of raw, unadulterated and magnificently-purposed force of violence when needed to suppress any threat to its true grip of absolute control.

Acting deals with very delicate emotions.

It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.

You can lease the peace of mind You bought a mask, I put it on.

You never thought to ask me If I wear it when you're gone

Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face.

As soon as one is aware of being somebody, to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his overanimation. One can either see or be seen.

After all the field of battle possesses many advantages over the drawing-room.

There at least is no room for pretension or excessive ceremony, no shaking of hands or rubbing of noses, which make one doubt your sincerity, but hearty as well as hard hand-play. It at least exhibits one of the faces of humanity, the former only a mask.

It has to be displayed, this face, on a more or less horizontal plane.

Imagine a man wearing a mask, and imagine that the elastic which holds the mask on has just broken, so that the man (rather than let the mask slip off) has to tilt his head back and balance the mask on his real face. This is the kind of tyranny which Lawson's face exerts over the rest of his body as he cruises along the corridors. He doesn't look down his nose at you, he looks along his nose.

Clowns wear a face that's painted intentionally on them so they appear to be happy or sad. What kind of mask are you wearing today?

Tom's great yellow bronze mask all draped upon an iron framework.

An inhibited, nerve-drawn; dropped face -- as if hung on a scaffold of heavy private brooding; and thought.

'Tis not need we know our every thought or see the work shop where each mask is wrought wherefrom we view the world of box and pit, careless of wear, just so the mask shall fit and serve our jape's turn for a night or two.

Imagination helps me to become part of that journey that I'm going through in font of the camera, or in front of an audience. I used to think you had to disappear within a character, but I find that puts a mask on what I do.

Mutual respect implies discretion and reserve even in love itself;

it means preserving as much liberty as possible to those whose life we share. We must distrust our instinct of intervention, for the desire to make one's own will prevail is often disguised under the mask of solicitude.

The Liberal State is a mask behind which there is no face;

it is a scaffolding behind which there is no building.

Who knows what true loneliness is -- not the conventional word, but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion. Now and then a fatal conjunction of events may lift the veil for an instant. For an instant only. No human being could bear a steady view of moral solitude without going mad.

There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served.

With spiritual work, the terms 'is' or 'are' become progressively replaced by the term 'seems to', which is due to the increasing realization of the degree to which perception is the mask that hinders truth.

Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.

A cultivated style would be like a mask.

Everybody knows it's a mask, and sooner or later you must show yourself -- or at least, you show yourself as someone who could not afford to show himself, and so created something to hide behind. You do not create a style. You work, and develop yourself; your style is an emanation from your own being.

Man's great misfortune is that he has no organ, no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought, or all thought, when he wants to.

A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and a mask on his face.

Vice, in its true light, is so deformed, that it shocks us at first sight;

and would hardly ever seduce us, if it did not at first wear the mask of some virtue.

All the discussions about flexi-time or dress-down Fridays or paternity leave only serve to mask the core issue, which is that certain job and career choices are fundamentally incompatible with being meaningfully engaged on a day-to-day basis with a young family.

This Halloween, the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask.

And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him.

I haven't deliberately set out to play the blonde bombshell in my movies.

In fact, it's probably been quite the opposite. After the success of The Mask, I wasn't offered all that many blonde bombshell parts, to be honest. I think people believed from the beginning that I could actually walk and talk at the same time.

I remember hearing someone say that good acting is more about taking off a mask than putting one on, and in movie acting, certainly that's true. With the camera so close, you can see right down into your soul, hopefully. So being able to do that in a way is terrifying, and in another way, truly liberating. And I like that about it.

I wouldn't say one is easier or more difficult, but when you're inside a costume and a mask, you have to endure heat - and, often, difficulty seeing. The vision is not very good in a mask. And you have to cope with that, as well as trying to think about this character.

If your oxygen mask drops down, it's time to take a breather!

For myself I don't like the geisha look. It's like a mask.

Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask.

Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask.

As we ascend the social ladder, viciousness wears a thicker mask.

It's a terrible thing to be alone - yes it is - it is - but don't lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath - as terrible as you like - but a mask.

Who knows what true loneliness is - not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion.

We all have a social mask, right? We put it on, we go out, put our best foot forward, our best image. But behind that social mask is a personal truth, what we really, really believe about who we are and what we're capable of.

Yet, our achievements also mask many continuing failings and seem to expose more future dangers.

The leader of men in warfare can show himself to his followers only through a mask, a mask that he must make for himself, but a mask made in such form as will mark him to men of his time and place as the leader they want and need.