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When Cicero consulted the oracle at Delphos, concerning what course of studies he should pursue, the answer was, "Follow Nature." If every one would do this, affectation would be almost unknown.
      - J. Beaumont

Affectation is certain deformity; by forming themselves on fantastic models, the young begin with being ridiculous, and often end in being vicious.
      - Hugh Blair

Affectation is the product of falsehood.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Avoid all affectation and singularity. What is according to nature is best, and what is contrary to it is always distasteful. Nothing is graceful that is not our own.
      - Jeremy Collier

All affectation; 'tis my perfect scorn;
  Object of my implacable disgust.
      - William Cowper

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than the small-pox.
      - Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis de Saint-Evremond

Affectation proceeds from one of these two causes,--vanity or hypocrisy; for as vanity puts us on affecting false characters, in order to purchase applause; so hypocrisy sets us on an endeavor to avoid censure, by concealing our vices under an appearance of their opposite virtues.
      - Henry Fielding

Great vices are the proper objects of our detestation, smaller faults of our pity, but affectation appears to be the only true source of the ridiculous.
      - Henry Fielding

Paltry affectation, strained allusions, and disgusting finery are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; they are but too frequently the badges of ignorance or of stupidity, whenever it would endeavor to please.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Affectation is as necessary to the mind as dress is to the body.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Affectation is to be always distinguished from hypocrisy as being the art of counterfeiting those qualities, which we might with innocence and safety, be known to want. Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy; affectation part of the chosen trappings of folly.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Affectation naturally counterfeits those excellences which are placed at the greatest distance from possibility of attainment, because, knowing our own defects, we eagerly endeavor to supply them with artificial excellence.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Among the numerous stratagems by which pride endeavors to recommend folly to regard, there is scarcely one that meets with less success than affectation, or a perpetual disguise of the real character by fictitious appearances.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

There is a pleasure in affecting affectation.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

In all the professions every one affects a particular look and exterior, in order to appear what he wishes to be thought; so that it may be said the world is made up of appearances.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We are never so ridiculous from the habits we have as from those we affect to have.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Affectation in any part of our carriage is lighting up a candle to see our defects, and never fails to make us taken notice of, either as wanting sense or sincerity.
      - John Locke (1)

Affection endeavors to correct natural defects, and has always the laudable aim of pleasing, though it always misses it.
      - John Locke (1)

Affectation is an awkward and forced Imitation of what should be genuine and easy, wanting the Beauty that accompanies what is natural.
      - John Locke (1), On Education
         (sec. 66, Affectation)

Affectation hides three times as many virtues as charity does sins.
      - Horace Mann

We are never rendered so ridiculous by qualities which we possess, as by those which we aim at, or affect to have.
      - Old French Saying

On the rich quilt sinks with becoming woe,
  Wrapt in a gown, for sickness and show.
      - Alexander Pope

There Affectation, with a sickly mien,
  Shows in her cheek the roses of eighteen.
      - Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock
         (canto 4)

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