With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
Those who are believed to be most self-abased and humble, are generally in reality the most ambitious and envious.
There is at Christmas time a great deal of hypocrisy, honourable hypocrisy, hypocrisy undertaken pour le bon motif, c’est entendu, but nevertheless hypocrisy!
Hypocrisy is a privileged vice, which, with its own hand, closes the mouth of all the world, and peacefully enjoys a sovereign impunity.[L’hypocrisie est un vice privilégié qui, de fa main, serme la bouche à tout le monde, et jouit en repos d’une impunité souveraine.]