quote by George Orwell

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.

— George Orwell

Jaw-dropping Insincere quotations

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.

I am convinced that human life is filled with many pure, happy, serene examples of insincerity, truly splendid of their kind-of people deceiving one another without (strangely enough) any wounds being inflicted, of people who seem unaware even that they are deceiving one another.

If you want the Kingdom speeded, go out and speed it yourselves.

Only obedience rationalizes prayer. Only Missions can redeem your intercessions from insincerity.

It’s about misunderstandings between people and places, being disconnected and looking for moments of connection. There are so many moments in life when people don’t say what they mean, when they are just missing each other, waiting to run into each other in a hallway.


There are many selfish people who are extremely original, then they take those pure ideas and use them to raise themselves up, that is an insincere move.

Hate begets hate, violence engenders violence, hypocrisy is answered by hypocrisy, war generates war, and love creates love.

The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil...

Once you can fake sincerity, you can fake anything.

A faith that does not result in activity of any kind is a dead faith;

it is empty, worthless, insincere.


The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple.

One is sincere and the other insincere. One comes from the heart out; the other from the teeth out. One is unselfish; the other selfish. One is universally admired; the other universally condemned.

All stories are true,” Skarpi said.

“But this one really happened, if that’s what you mean.” He took another slow drink, then smiled again, his bright eyes dancing. “More or less. You have to be a bit of a liar to tell a story the right way. Too much truth confuses the facts. Too much honesty makes you sound insincere.

The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere.

That is why so much of social life is exhausting; one is wearing a mask. I have shed my mask.

Well, youth is the period of assumed personalities and disguises.

It is the time of the sincerely insincere.

Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows.


In friendship we find nothing false or insincere;

everything is straight forward, and springs from the heart.

I would much rather be found guilty of making a serious mistake in judgment, than to be accused of being even a little bit insincere.

What monster have we here? A great Deed at this hour of day? A great just deed -- and not for pay? Absurd -- or insincere?

Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.

I am not protesting against the conduct of the war, but against the political errors and insincerities for which the fighting men are being sacrificed.


It is unhappily true that much insincere Literature and Art, executed solely with a view to effect, does succeed by deceiving the public.

The inflated style is itself a kind of euphemism.

A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outlines and covering up all the details. The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.

I will not let you (or me) make me dishonest, insincere, emotionally tied-up or constricted, or artificially nice and social, if I can help it.

Change does not fail to occur because of insincerity.

The heart patient is not insincere about his wish to keep living, even as he reaches for another cigarette. Change fails to occur because we mean both things. It fails to occur because we are a living contradiction.

It is better to be thought perverse than insincere.


...So Englishmen saw it. Lincoln's insincerity was regarded as proven by two things: his earlier denial of any lawful right or wish to free the slaves; and, especially, his not freeing the slaves in 'loyal' Kentucky and other United States areas or even in Confederate areas occupied by United States troops, such as New Orleans.

I much prefer a compliment, even if insincere, to sincere criticism.

I just don't like people coming up to me and saying something.

It immediately makes you become insincere. There is no way you can react to it sincerely.

The psychological impotence of our enraged generation must be traced to the overwhelming accusation of insincerity which every man and woman has to confront, in the depths of his own soul, when he seeks to love merely for his own pleasure.And yet the men of our time do not love with enough courage to risk even discomfort or inconvenience.

If you're sincere, praise is effective. If you're insincere, it's manipulative.


I know the aspect of my personality, being the vixen, the heartbreaker and the incredibly provocative girl is a very marketable image, but it's not insincere. You just can't take it seriously.

Too much truth confuses the facts. Too much honesty makes you sound insincere.

If you are posing as religious and are not living the life as stressed by God, you should wake up. It is wrong to be insincere. The best time to begin a religious life is when you are youthful and well. If you have a short time to live, you must work harder at it. And if you have along time to live, you should not waste that precious opportunity.

I don't want to pass because I can't stand insincerities and shams.

I am just as much Negro as any of the others identified with the race.

Smiling away your troubles requires a clear conscience that harbors no insincerity.