Just Pretending

Sunday, February 22, 2009 – Just Pretending


Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble. ~ Samuel Johnson


It’s silly to go on pretending that under the skin we are all brothers. The truth is more likely that under the skin we are all cannibals, assassins, traitors, liars, hypocrites, poltroons. ~ Henry Miller, Op-Ed page, New York Times, September 7, 1974


If all the world’s a stage, I want to operate the trap door. ~ Paul Beatty


Before I met my husband, I’d never fallen in love, though I’d stepped in it a few times. ~ Rita Rudner


When one is pretending, the entire body revolts. ~ Anais Nin


We are all pretending. The important thing is to maintain a straight face. ~ Maurice Valency


Acting is a nice childish profession – pretending you’re someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself. ~ Katharine Hepburn


Acting is pretending that you’re not pretending when you’re actually pretending. ~ Ted Danson


It’s not that Shakespeare is frivolous, but you spend your time just getting people to dress up in other people’s costumes and pretending to be people that they’re not, and you think, after the years go by, well, what on earth was all that about? ~ Jonathan Miller


I’m not sure that acting is something for a grown man to be doing. ~ Steve McQueen


I knew when I grew up, I always wanted to be a liar, and if you’re in television, you’re lying because you’re just pretending to be yourself – much like I’m doing now. ~ John Ritter


I’ve always believed you can get closer to the truth by pretending not to speak it. ~ Armistead Maupin


Popularity comes from allowing yourself to be bored by people while pretending to enjoy it. ~ Karol Newlin


The only good in pretending is the fun we get out of fooling ourselves that we fool somebody. ~ Booth Tarkington


Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical. ~ John Fowles


Lisa, vampires are make-believe, like elves, gremlins, and eskimos. ~ Homer Simpson


The great dream merchant Disney was a success because make-believe was what everyone seemed to need in a spiritually empty land. ~ Arthur Erickson


With Epcot Center the Disney corporation has accomplished something I didn’t think possible in today’s world. They have created a land of make-believe that’s worse than regular life. ~ P. J. O’Rourke


To philosophize is only another way of being afraid and leads hardly anywhere but to cowardly make-believe. ~ Louis Ferdinand Celine


When ideas fail, words come in very handy. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


It’s not a matter of whether or not someone’s watching over you. It’s just a question of their intentions. ~ Randy K. Milholland


When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice. ~ Marquis de la Grange


If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality. ~ Dan Millman


Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision. ~ Robertson Davies


Pretending that we live doesn’t make us alive. ~ Serj Tankian


The world has been doing little else but playing at make-believe all its lifetime. ~ William Hazlitt


We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we’re in the present, but we aren’t. The present we know is only a movie of the past. ~ Tom Wolfe


Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms inside your head, and people in them, acting. People you know, yet can’t quite name. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld