Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
Self-respect is something that can’t be killed. The worst thing is to kill a man’s pretense at it.
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.