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 John Ruskin - “There is never vulgarity in a whole truth, however commonplace. It may be unimportant or painful. It cannot be vulgar. Vulgarity is only in concealment of truth, or in affectation.”  
 Lisa Kudrow - “I have no affectation when I speak.”  
 Francesca Annis - “I'm trying to learn to smoke, which is rather weird when everyone is trying to stop. I'm not a smoker. But my character only smokes as an affectation.”  
 Lord Byron - “I by no means rank poetry high in the scale of intelligence --this may look like affectation but it is my real opinion. It is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake.”  
 Henry Fielding - “The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim.”  
 Lord Chesterfield - “Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding.”  
 Lord Byron - “I by no means rank poetry high in the scale of intelligence -this may look like affectation but it is my real opinion. It is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake.”  
 Josh Billings - “One of the best temporary cures for pride and affectation is seasickness a man who wants to vomit never puts on airs.”  
 Johann Kaspar - “All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich”  
 Robert Blair - “Affectation is certain deformity by forming themselves on fantastic models, the young begin with being ridiculous, and often end in being vicious.”  
 Rex Harrison - “Whatever it is that makes a person charming, it needs to remain a mystery once the charmer is aware of a mannerism or characteristic that others find charming, it ceases to be a mannerism and becomes an affectation. And good Lord, there is nothing less charming than affectations”  
 Horace Mann - “Affectation hides three times as many virtues as charity does sins”  
 Henry Fielding - “The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim”  
 Proverb - “Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than smallpox”  
 William Hazlitt - “The thing is plain. All that men really understand, is confined to a very small compass to their daily affairs and experience to what they have an opportunity to know, and motives to study or practice. The rest is affectation and imposture.”  
 Ralph Waldo Emerson - “...truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, --else it is none.”  
 William Shakespeare - “Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood”  
 Brian Sewell - “A voice coach and a linguistics expert had interesting things to say, but, really, this was a good excuse to listen to some delicious voices and marvel at how Tony Blair so blatantly panders to the working classes with his erratic glottal stopping. I have no repeatable thoughts about Blair as a voice, ... It seems to me he is a man of extraordinary affectation.”  
 Aleksander Solzhenitsyn - “I can say without affectation that I belong to the Russian convict world no less than I do to Russian literature. I got my education there, and it will last forever.”  
 Charles Lamb - “There is a pleasure in affecting affectation”  
 Jean Baudrillard - “Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.”  
 Charles Cooley - “Simplicity is a pleasant thing in children, or at any age, but it is not necessarily admirable, nor is affectation altogether a thing of evil. To be normal, to be at home in the world, with a prospect of power, usefulness, or success, the person must have that imaginative insight into other minds that underlies tact and savoir-faire, morality and beneficence. This insight involves sophistication, some understanding and sharing of the clandestine impulses of human nature. A simplicity that is merely the lack of this insight indicates a sort of defect.”  
 Rex Harrison - “Whatever it is that makes a person charming, it needs to remain a mystery ... once the charmer is aware of a mannerism or characteristic that others find charming, it ceases to be a mannerism and becomes an affectation.”  
 Jacques Barzun - “Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine.”  
 G. C. Lichtenberg - “Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself.”  

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