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- Affectation is an awkward and forced Imitation of what should be genuine and easy, wanting the Beauty that accompanies what is natural.
- John Locke, On Education, Section 66, Affectation, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 11.
- There Affectation, with a sickly mien,
Shows in her cheek the roses of eighteen.
- Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock (1712), Canto 4.
- Affectation hides three times as many virtues as charity does sins.
- Affectation is the wisdom of fools, and the folly of many a comparatively wise man.
- Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than the small-pox.
- All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich.
- We are never rendered so ridiculous by qualities which we possess, as by those which we aim at, or affect to have.