If you can wait, and not be tired by waiting ... if you can dream, and not make dreams your master; if you can think, and not make thoughts your aim; if you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same; ... yours is the earth and everything that's in it...

— Rudyard Kipling

Delightful Impostors quotations

I am just a copier, an impostor. I wait, I read magazines. After a while my brain sends me a product.

If you can meet success and failure and treat them both as impostors, then you are a balanced man, my son.

There is only one heaven, one earth and one queen (me) Queen Elizabeth is an impostor.

Before we can realize who we really are, we must become conscious of the fact that the person we think we are, here and now, is at best an impostor and a stranger.

I was an impostor, the worthy associate of a brigand, &c.

, &c., and all this for an atom of chlorine put in the place of an atom of hydrogen, for the simple correction of a chemical formula!

As in the natural life a child must have a father and a mother, so in the supernatural life of grace a true child of the Church must have God for his Father and Mary for his mother. If he prides himself on having God for his Father but does not give to Mary the tender affection of a true child, he is an impostor and his father is the devil.

Indolent and unworthy the beggar may be—but that is not your concern: It is better, said Joseph Smith, to feed ten impostors than to run the risk of turning away one honest petition.

While the impostor draws his identity from past achievements and the adulation of others, the true self claims identity in its belovedness. We encounter God in the ordinariness of life: not in the search for spiritual highs and extraordinary, mystical experiences but in our simple presence in life.

It is because we are all impostors that we endure each other.

The man who does not consent to lie will see the earth shrink under his feet: we are biologically obliged to the false

As we come to grips with our own selfishness and stupidity, we make friends with the impostor and accept that we are impoverished and broken and realize that, if we were not, we would be God. The art of gentleness toward ourselves leads to being gentle with others -- and is a natural prerequisite for our presence to God in prayer.

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same.

It is impossible to feign mastery of an instrument, however skillful the impostor may be.

What can a sculptor do without the chisel and the hammer? And what can an impostor politician do without the ignorants and the uneducated?

All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for impostors to preach and fools to believe.

We have fools in all sects, and impostors in most;

why should I believe mysteries no one can understand, because written by men who chose to mistake madness for inspiration and style themselves Evangelicals?

The more gross the fraud the more glibly will it go down, and the more greedily be swallowed, since folly will always find faith where impostors will find imprudence.

I met another man who considered himself perfect, but he was thoroughly mad;

and I do not believe that any of the pretenders to perfection are better than good maniacs... for while a man has got a spark of reason left in him, he cannot, unless he is the most impudent of impostors, talk about being perfect.

Christ was either the grandest, guiltiest of impostors, by a marvelous and most subtle refinement of wickedness, or He was God manifest in the flesh.

Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy.

He who attempts to make others believe in means which he himself despises is a puffer; he who makes use of more means than he knows to be necessary is a quack; and he who ascribes to those means a greater efficacy than his own experience warrants is an impostor.

Impostor; do not charge most innocent Nature, As if she would her children should be riotous With her abundance; she, good cateress, Means her provision only to the good, That live according to her sober laws, And holy dictate of spare temperance.

Accepting the reality of our sinfulness means accepting our authentic self.

Judas could not face his shadow; Peter could. The latter befriended the impostor within; the former raged against him.

Beware of listening to this impostor;

you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.

The people who make art their business are mostly impostors.

And as to you, Sir, treacherous in private friendship and a hypocrite in public life, the world will be puzzled to decide whether you are an apostate or an impostor; whether you have abandoned good principles, or whether you ever had any.

Big Night and The Impostors are both things that I wrote.

Even The Impostors, as silly as it is, is a very intimate film, in a way.

I will tell you my position now, as somebody who is ardently against [Donald Trump], as the sort of standard-bearer of the Republican Party and as sort of an impostor in the conservative movement, is, frankly, cautiously optimistic.

I don't think I'm identified as the anchorman, I think I'm identified as the impostor anchorman - there's a very clear line there ... I don't think it changes the way they respond.

've always defined a truly alluring story as a journey we're not equipped to take ourselves with a person we're tempted but afraid to emulate. Impostor narratives are exactly that. When they end in disaster, as Clark's did, or as Gatsby's did, we can congratulate ourselves for our own wisdom. We can also experience, safely, at no cost, the terrible thrill of radical self-invention, of trading who we are for who we might be.

There are moments when it frightens us, threatening to expose us as inauthentic.

Well, the big-time impostors we read about in literature run this risk constantly, flirting with destruction, not just humiliation or embarrassment. It's a spectacle that we can't help but find compelling, and it involves a certain level of courage that we sneakily admire, perhaps.

We're all impostors to ourselves. By that I mean that we know instinctively, intimately, the difference between whom we are inside and who we appear to be to others. Most of the time - when we aren't flat lying about something or playing a particularly stylized role in some heightened dramatic situation - this difference between the internal and the external is modest and manageable.

IMPOSTOR n. A rival aspirant to public honors.

When I'm traveling to promote my book, I feel like an artful impostor.

What I really am is when I'm in my (painter's) studio and when I'm writing. With actors, it's the same thing. They're kind of artful impostors in public. When you get to know them, they're different people.