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

The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.
— Aleister Crowley

Pretense is the overrating of any kind of knowledge we pretend to.
— Jonathan Swift

Prudishness is pretense of innocence without innocence. Women have to remain prudish as long as men are sentimental, dense, and evil enough to demand of them eternal innocence and lack of education. For innocence is the only thing which can ennoble lack of education.
— Friedrich Von Schlegel