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  • "The only work that spiritually purifies us is that which is done without personal motives."
    Sri Aurobindo (18721950), Indian philosopher, mystic, and nationalist
    Source: Quoted in Ethics in Management: Vedantic Perspectives (S. K. Chakraborty, 1995)
  • "The secret of success is sincerity: once you can fake that, you've got it made."
    Jean Giraudoux (18821944), French diplomat, novelist, and playwright
    Source: Quoted in Murphy's Law Book Two: More Reasons Why Things Go Wrong (Arthur Bloch, 1980)
  • "Some of the worst men in the world are sincere and the more sincere they are the worse they are."
    Lord Hailsham (Quintin Hogg) (19071990), British politician
    Source: Quoted in “Sayings of the Week,” Observer (London) (January 7, 1968)
  • "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
    Martin Luther King (19291968), US pastor and civil rights leader
    Source: Strength to Love (1963)
  • "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 ink."
    George Orwell (19031950), British novelist, critic, and essayist
    Source: “Politics and the English Language,” Shooting an Elephant (1950)
  • "Few people would not be the worse for complete sincerity."
    F. H. Bradley (18461924), British philosopher
    Source: Collected Essays (1935)
  • "Men are always sincere. They change sincerities, that's all."
    Tristan Bernard (18661947), French novelist and dramatist
    Source: Ce que l'on dit aux Femmes (1922), Act 3
  • "We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity."
    G. K. Chesterton (18741936), British novelist, poet, and critic
    Source: Heretics (1905)
  • "A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."
    Oscar Wilde (18541900), Irish writer and wit
    Source: “The Critic As Artist” (1890)
  • "Profound sincerity is the only basis of talent as of character."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882), US essayist, lecturer, and poet
    Source: “Natural History of Intellect,” Essays: First Series (1841)
  • "Sincerity has to do with the connexion between our words and thoughts, and not between our beliefs and actions."
    William Hazlitt (17781830), British essayist and journalist
    Source: “On Cant and Hypocrisy,” London Weekly Review (December 6, 1828)
  • "Weak people cannot be sincere."
    François La Rochefoucauld (16131680), French epigrammatist
    Source: Reflections: or, Sentences and Moral Maxims (5th ed, 1678)
  • "Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life."
    Seneca (4? bcad 65), Roman politician, philosopher, and writer
    Source: Letters to Lucilius (1st century ad)
  • "Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it."
    Harry S. Truman (18841972), US president
    Source: Attributed

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