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Quotes of pretense

  1. If our countries had war the one with the other that was no cause that he should put us to death with which they were out of heart that their cruel pretense failed them For which God be forever -more praised – William Adams
  2. Political Freedom without economic equality is a pretense a fraud a lie and the workers want no lying – Mikhail Bakunin
  3. The basic fault lines today are not between people with different beliefs but between people who hold these beliefs with an element of uncertainty and people who hold these beliefs with a pretense of certitude – Peter L. Berger
  4. To copy beauty forfeits all pretense to fame to copy faults is want of sense – Charles Churchill
  5. The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague enormous and menacing – Aleister Crowley
  6. You must not under any pretense allow your mind to dwell on any thought that is not positive constructive optimistic kind – Emmet Fox
  7. It seems to me that socialists today can preserve their position in academic economics merely by the pretense that the differences are entirely moral questions about which science cannot decide – Friedrich August von Hayek
  8. It would be futile to attempt to fit women into a masculine pattern of attitudes skills and abilities and disastrous to force them to suppress their specifically female characteristics and abilities by keeping up the pretense that there are no differences between the sexes – Arianna Huffington
  9. I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them – Thomas Jefferson
  10. Frankly and believe me I say this without any pretense when I see the road I've taken I have to say that thanks to good luck because without good luck one can do nothing I've come out pretty well – James MacArthur
  11. Comics at least in periodical form exist almost entirely free of any pretense the critical world of art hardly touches them and they're 100% personal – Chris Ware
  12. Most of the confidence which I appear to feel especially when influenced by noon wine is only a pretense – Tennessee Williams

Usage examples for pretense

  1. We may shout God's praise loud enough to be heard two blocks away but if we are not obeying him he knows it is a pretense and it will not work the machine – Heart Talks by Charles Wesley Naylor
  2. The blood flew to Desmond's face and he bent down on pretense of examining the cushions to hide his confusion – Okewood of the Secret Service by Valentine Williams
  3. The youngster was intense and alert hair trigger schooled taught to pretend in such detail that the pretense was reality to him a precise pretense that would become reality for all of them if the machine failed – Breaking Point by James E. Gunn
  4. We are glad now that we see the facts with no veil of false pretense about them to fight thus for the ultimate peace of the world and for the liberation of its people the German people included for the rights of nations great and small the privilege of men everywhere to choose their way of life and of obedience – America's War for Humanity by Thomas Herbert Russell
  5. She's absolutely without pretense and she has a world of common sense – Clover and Blue Grass by Eliza Calvert Hall
  6. As has already been said there are relatively few propositions in geometry that have any practical applications applications that are even honest in their pretense – The Teaching of Geometry by David Eugene Smith
  7. He thought of Ben Zayb as a source of information but finding the writer armed to the teeth and using two loaded revolvers for paper weights took his leave in the shortest possible time to shut himself up in his house and take to his bed under pretense of illness – The Reign of Greed Complete English Version of 'El Filibusterismo' by Jose Rizal
  8. She smiled a very feeble smile but at least there was no pretense in it – Christian's Mistake by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  9. But her reply tore all pretense aside – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  10. Ever since that night of lying and dirty pretense he's he's I've lost him – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  11. “ I took it into my head to turn about and to go to Salins under the pretense of going to see M de Marian the nephew of M Dupin who had an employment at the salt works and formerly had given me many invitations to his house – The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Book XI. by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  12. “ I have been trying to pretend to myself ever since we left Washington that we are traveling through a strange country but it is a mere pretense – Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches by Joel Chandler Harris
  13. At last the pretense ended and we went to our separate rooms to dress for dinner – Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn
  14. It was impossible to say that Christianity had produced in them any type of character wholly and radically different from that which might be found in multitudes of men and women who made no pretense of Christian sentiment – The Empire of Love by W. J. Dawson
  15. She would be content with the hollow pretense their life together would be missing only her good times ” – The House of Toys by Henry Russell Miller
  16. He looked at a letter he'd been reading and gave up pretense – Space Tug by Murray Leinster
  17. She often said that she could never feel at home with pretense even if the intention behind it was kindly – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  18. “ I carried my radio under false pretense slung from my shoulder and started downtown on foot – Four-Day Planet by Henry Beam Piper
  19. Your request is but a pretense I said – The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer
  20. He was on his travels having left Athens to be absent ten years under the pretense of wishing to see the world but really to avoid being forced to repeal any of the laws which at the request of the Athenians he had made for them – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume I (of X) - Greece by Various