You must not under any pretense allow your mind to dwell on any thought that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.
— Emmet Fox

He who has a mind to do mischief will always find a pretense.
Publilius Syrus pretenses quote

Success plus Self-esteem equals Pretensions.
— William James

Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
— Margot Fonteyn

The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
— pretenses quotation by Frederic Raphael