Quotation Explorer - 'Pretend'

You lie and kill in the service of liars and killers. You pretend to be separate, to have your own code, something that makes up for the horrors. But they are part of you. And they will never go away. - Loki, Marvel's The Avengers
Sometimes you meet a person and you just click--you're comfortable with them, like you've known them your whole life and you don't have to pretend to be anyone or anything. - Alexandra Ardonetto
No psychologist should pretend to understand what he does not understand... Only fools and charlatans know everything and understand nothing. - Anton Chekhov
Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first. - Steve Irwin
What’s it like being a writer? Mostly it’s like being a child surrounded by adults. My friends have grown-up careers. They balance spreadsheets, analyze data, negotiate deals. They build things, heal patients, teach children. Meanwhile, I’m over here saying Let’s pretend. - Jennifer Froelich
Don't pretend to be what you're not, instead, pretend to what you want to be, it is not pretence, it is a journey to self realization. - Michael Bassey Johnson
Pretend you are a foolish to the tyrant because if he realizes you are a genius, he might use you to harm others. - A Gentlemen
Why does everyone have to pretend to be stupid and not know long words? - Martin Freeman
Tonight, can we just pretend that you want me too? - N'Zuri Za Austin
May you live a life as holy and perfect as you pretend it to be in Facebook - Maria Nieves
To pretend is to do nothing more than imagine life as something wonderful so that we don’t have to incur the pain that it takes to actually make life wonderful. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
School was the unhappiest time of my life and the worst trick it ever played on me was to pretend that it was the world in miniature. For it hindered me from discovering how lovely and delightful and kind the world can be, and how much of it is intelligible. - E.M. Forster
When you're threatened, or something hard hits you, acknowledge it, embrace it. Don't pretend that you didn't get hurt - hurt, cry, think about it. And then you let it go and try something else. - Teresa Heinz Kerry
I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns. - Sir Winston Churchill
In our society those who are in reality superior in intelligence can be accepted by their fellows only if they pretend they are not. - Marya Mannes
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
If you're creative, if you can think independently, if you can articulate passion, if you can override the fear of being wrong, then your company needs you now more than it ever did. And now your company can no longer afford to pretend that isn't the case. - Hugh Macleod
Points of views that are expressed on Twitter don’t intend to offend, but rather defend and open the conversation up to everyone so that no one has to pretend. - Germany Kent
To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend. - Jacques Derrida
I'm gonna sit around here, stay away from there I'm gonna make pretend I just don't care. I could get up, go get her back or maybe I'll just let her go.Something beyond Love...lines from Love Vs Destiny... - Atul Purohit
Never trust someone that claims they care nothing of what society thinks of them. Instead of conquering obstacles, they simply pretend they don't exist. - Tiffany Madison
I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of. - Clarence Darrow
Don't be afraid. You are never really alone. Just be yourself. You don't ever have to pretend you are someone else. If you try to do that, then you don't have anything to give the world. Accept and give your gifts with love. - Jay Woodman
I'm not like themBut I can pretend - Kurt Cobain
Pretend you are foolish to the foolish, and be yourself when you are alone or with others like you, because if you take the foolish seriously as your friend, you might be a fool yourself. - A Gentlemen
The worst thing about being a writer is having to pretend you know what you're talking about. - Marty Rubin
I cannot pretend that I regard this with favor, but the purpose of life is not what we want but what needs to be done. - Christopher Paolini
Advice to Young Poets Never pretend to be a unicorn by sticking a plunger on your head. - Martín Espada
People pretend not to like grapes when the vines are too high for them to reach. - Marguerite de Navarre
People like us are dead to society unless we’re pretentious, tell people what they want to hear, take off our clothes, or pretend to be like them. - Donna Lynn Hope
If you know something is an illusion, why pretend it is reality? - Lionel Suggs
when you are doubt with someone on how they feel don't pretend that you know what they were thinking, never assume yourself as you know how they feel when you really not at their shoes at all. - Jinnul Jr.
I'm the boss. I gotta pretend to worry. - Code Black
Because that's what it is, boy, it's a fight, or it'd better be. Because if there's something in me that's trying to kill me, maybe I can't get rid of it, but I don't have to make it welcome, and I'm sure not going to pretend it ain't there. - Cruce Stark
That faceless, nameless and ruthless demon you pretend to fight, is nothing but the bastard in your head. - Mamur Mustapha
So she became a woman who held her head high, not in arrogance, or contempt, but because she knew that it was a form of cowardice to make a choice and then pretend you didn’t really make it - Kamila Shamsie
When you are so ashamed of your actions, thoughts, or intentions, you lie rather than accepting yourself for who you really are—or, in this case, pretend something happened when it didn’t. The idea of how others see you becomes more important than the reality of you. - Michael J. Sullivan
Funny how nobody talks on the tubes, isn't it? I rarely catch the tube myself, or lifts. Confined spaces, everybody shuts down. Why is that? Perhaps we think everybody on the tube is a potential psychopath or a drunk,so we close down and pretend to read a book or something. - John Hannah
I didn't pretend to know Eli at all, but even so, I'd noticed that his manner was slightly hard to read. It was something in the way he talked that made it difficult to tell whether he was kidding or serious or what. This bothered me. Or intrigued me. Or both. - Sarah Dessen
It was like being in a car with the gas pedal slammed down to the floor and nothing to do but hold on and pretend to have some semblance of control. But control was something I'd lost a long time ago. - Nic Sheff
You have to pretend like you know what you’re doing before you know what you’re doing. - Cody McLain
No one wants to die alone, even though that's how it happens to all of us, even though we pretend there's some other ways. - James J. Frey
When there's snow on the ground, I like to pretend I'm walking on clouds.
One thing about pretence is that you may not know when you leave what you call the real you behind. Pretend to be happy now and see for yourself. - Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel
When you choose happiness be ready to be called a mad man. Don't waste a single moment of your life, live it, rock it because life's too short to pretend. - Desmond Oshifeso
Life doesn't make any sense, and we all pretend it does. Comedy's job is to point out that it doesn't make sense, and that it doesn't make much difference anyway. - Eric Idle
Pretend to be great; greatness will embrace you. - Debasish Mridha
Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, "Make me feel important." Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life. - Mary Kay Ash
I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure that is all that agnosticism means. - Clarence Darrow
If it be the chief point of friendship to comply with a friend's notions and inclinations he possesses this is an eminent degree; he lies down when I sit, and walks when I walk, which is more that many good friends can pretend to do. - Alexander Pope
If you follow the ancient maps written on the stars, no person will ever understand you. So if you could read these maps, would you follow them? And forever be misunderstood? Or would you close your eyes tightly and pretend to be like everyone else? - C. JoyBell C.
The stories we pretend do not exist, are the stories that will haunt us till the end. - Srividya Srinivasan
Tonight, can we just pretend you want me too? - N'Zuri Za Austin
True love is the most rare thing in the world. Most people just pretend to love. - Debasish Mridha
Wind and breeze are separated todayCrimson twilight denies to fade away Grass blades turn brown to match the soilWe pretend to smile at every turmoil - Munia Khan
There are only two things to be done when a general is angry: One is to get behind the furniture and pretend one is not there; the other is to distract his mind. - Mary Roberts Rinehart
It's ok to be a fool once or twice but never let it be a third time. Be smart and pretend to be a fool and at the end of the hunt make sure you're the one that has the gun. - Surgeo Bell
Pretend to give consent to the advice of others, but if you find it suitable,take it. But if out of the right view, despise and cast it away - Michael Bassey Johnson
The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept. - D. H. Lawrence
It's hard to pretend you're OK. Especially when you're all by urself, alone. :'( - Marlon Roxas
If you want to be an honorable man, then be what you pretend to be. - Shannon L. Alder
Weak people pretend they're perfect. Courageous people acknowledge and confront their weaknesses. - Karim Camara
Perhaps grief, which destroys all patterns, destroys even more: the belief that any patterns exist. But we cannot, I think, survive without such belief. So each of us must pretend to find, or re-erect, a pattern. - Julian Barnes
In the search for an author [of Hebrews] we are virtually stumbling over Priscilla. No longer is it feasible to pretend she isn't there. - Ruth Hoppin
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.…'Tis not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger. - David Hume
How can I pretend that nothing happened? - Diane Samuels
I do not pretend to say that I was not very much pleased with him; but while I have Udolpho to read, I feel as if nobody could make me miserable. - Jane Austen
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. - Socrates
Unlike those who pretend to be immaculate, fallen angels are usually more intriguing because their earthliness is heavenly.
When we need reasons to do something, we pretend to have it. - Junaid Raza
I suppose that it goes to show that you have to be very careful what you pretend to be . . . because, one day, you may wake up to find that's what you are.
We always need a reason to live, and we pretend to have it. - Junaid Raza
If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it. - Stephen Colbert
don't be perfect,don't pretend to be perfect,just stay raw n think at the end of day what you do is right or wrong... - Sachin
Never pretend to be who you are not. It doesn't take long before the truth gets revealed and you'll be left hurt with the results. - Kemi Sogunle
When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane. - Hermann Hesse
Asking storytellers to be genuine is like, asking a chain smoker to quit smoking . Habit of lying isn't easy to fix. Pretend as believing is like selling cigarettes. What else we could do, if we want them to be in our lives... - Heshan Udunuwara
Tonight, can we just pretend you want me to? - N'Zuri Za Austin
Pretend to be poor in reality and you'll notice a decrease in your friends list and request. - Michael Bassey Johnson
Sometimes it's better to pretend as if you know nothing. The vast majority of people can't be trusted, but in God I trust. - S.Z.J. Mtshali
The day had begun to feel tinny: a pretend day, a dream day, that for some unaccountable reason she had to go on and on with as if it were real. - Sarah Waters
At Sunday worship, as in every dimension of our existence, many of us pretend to believe we are sinners. Consequently, all we can do is pretend we have been forgiven. As a result, our whole spiritual life is pseudo-repentance and pseudo-bliss. - Brennan Manning
Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
To know that you do not know is the best.To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease. - Lao-tzu
We all are beautiful, let's not pretend to be ugly. - Indrani sarkar
You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty. - Sacha Guitry
To find yourself jilted is a blow to your pride. Do your best to forget it and if you don't succeed, at least pretend to. - Moliere
Pretend you are dancing or singing a picture. A worker or painter should enjoy his work, else the observer will not enjoy it. - Robert Henri
To put an arrogant 'famous' writer in his place: pretend to be illiterate. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Only those who are brainwashed and foolsbelieve in the existence of a god.Those who are indifferent just pretend. - A.J. Beirens
To present a whole world that doesn’t exist and make it seem real, we have to more or less pretend we’re polymaths. That’s just the act of all good writing. - William Gibson
Belief in God meant belief in the old tribal idol called Jehovah; and I would not pretend I did not know whether it existed or not. - George Bernard Shaw
Love is like a shining light in the darkness, closing eyes to pretend you didn't see it will not wash it away. - Jean Nshimiyimana
i want to go to the gymand pretend the weight machines are drumsand play the longest drum solo on them - Megan Boyle
I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don't want to pretend at magic anymore. I want to be magic. - Charles de Lint
I think are foolish to pretend they are equal to men,they are far superior and always have been. - - William Golding
I don’t even pretend to believe I know everything; I just believe in arguments God told me I had a pretty good chance of winning, while I was traveling through hell. - Shannon L. Alder
We always need a sound reason to move on, and we always pretend to have it. - Junaid Raza
Be careful… not all are what they seem. Some people pretend to be the beach, but they’re actually quicksand. - Steve Maraboli
People want to spend time together and I just couldn't pretend that I wanted to do that. But now I do get it. [..] Though I still don’t do that. - Laura Marling
Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command. - Alan Watts
There are two kinds of people in this world: people who want to be desired, and people who want to be desired so much that they pretend they don't. - Rabih Alameddine
Those who pretend as if they don't love you, are the ones who would hate to see you love another person. - Michael Bassey Johnson
Everyone changes so slowly, they don't even know that they have. And everyone likes to pretend that things are just the same yet they look at you like you could bring something back that's supposed to already be here. But home is a time. Not just a place. - Iain Thomas
If there is one thing worse than being an ugly duckling in a house of swans, it's having the swans pretend there's no difference. - Teena Booth
Feminists often pretend to be angry and offended in order to win debates or, I should say, prevent debates from ever happening. If you can act angry and offended, especially on a college campus, you can shut down the other side using a speech code. - Mike Adams
I've found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it. - Don Roff
I shall not pretend that I do not prefer to have people adore me rather than revile me, but I have always found that it was far easier for me to suffer the disapprobation of others than to amend my behaviour in order to find favour with them. - Kathryn L. Nelson
A question that always haunts me. Why can’t people just be real? It’s easier being real than pretend being real. Give yourself a chance. - Manasa Rao Saarloos
You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be. - Vironika Tugaleva
Hypocrisy is our friend. Power structures have to pretend to hold values in order to win the loyalty of at least some of society. We can use the gap between those professed values and reality to move people to try to change the reality towards the values. - Justin Podur
Sometimes when we find love we pretend it away, or ignore it, or tell ourselves we're imagining it. Because it's the most painful kind of hope there is. By indifference . By death. - Leigh Bardugo
Most people have seen worse things in private than they pretend to be shocked at in public. - Edgar Watson Howe
Summer bachelors like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be. - Nora Ephron
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