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Quotes About Fake Things and Faking It

September 13th, 2008

In the Internet marketing world, I have sometimes seen the old saying, “fake it until you make it” used to motivate beginners who do not have the confidence or experience to convince themselves that they are experts in any particular niche. For some people this strategy seems to work, yet others say that there are some things that cannot be faked. This group of quotes deals with the idea of faking it both in terms of physical items and actions. Some of them are funny while others may provoke more serious thought.

Meanwhile, one of the best resources that I have found so far on the subject of fake quotes is a book called They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, and Misleading Attributions. This one was a real eye opener for me; many historical quotes that I had long accepted as true were debunked here, and the author does a very good job of explaining how these false attributions managed to sneak into popular usage.


  • Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a fake messiah. — Richard Bach
  • Most important to any fake story is a plausible, realistic edge with a satirical twist that is topical. — Joey Skaggs
  • The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. — Julian Henry Marx
  • So cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal. — William Seward Burroughs
  • Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision. — Robertson Davies
  • Romance, like the rabbit at the dog track, is the elusive, fake, and never attained reward which, for the benefit and amusement of our masters, keeps us running and thinking in safe circles. — Beverly Jones
  • To fake it is to stand guard over emptiness. — Arthur Herzog
  • The art of life is to show your hand. There is no diplomacy like candor. You may lose by it now and then, but it will be a loss well gained if you do. Nothing is so boring as having to keep up a deception. — Edward V. Lucas
  • Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. — George Burns
  • The surest defense against evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even eccentricity. That is, something that can’t be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn’t be happy with. — Joseph Brodsky

  • Fake food — I mean those patented substances chemically flavored and mechanically bulked out to kill the appetite and deceive the gut — is unnatural, almost immoral, a bane to good eating and good cooking. — Julia Child
  • ID can be hijacked, and cards can be faked. All of the 9/11 terrorists had fake IDs, yet they still got on the planes. If the British national ID card can’t be faked, it will be the first on the planet. — Bruce Schneier
  • After all, it is hard to master both life and work equally well. So if you are bound to fake one of them, it had better be life. — Joseph Brodsky
  • My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them. — Mitch Hedberg
  • You can’t find any true closeness in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake closeness so well. — Carrie Fisher
  • We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons. — Alfred E. Newman
  • True friends are like diamonds, precious but rare. Fake friends are like fall leaves found everywhere. — Author Unknown
  • You can fake your age or mask it, but the passion that moves the characters has to be real. — Victoria Abril
  • The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made. — Jean Giraudoux
  • Sincerity? I can fake that. — Bill Clinton
  • I’m foremost an actor. I feel embarrassed being compared to the guys who really work at it. I fake it, I make believe I know all about it, which is what you’re supposed to do as an actor. — Lloyd Bridges
  • The hair is real; it’s the head that’s a fake. — Steve Allen
  • We all agree that manufacturers have a right to ensure that fake goods are not marketed in their names and that their own goods are not marketed under fake names. — John Conyers
  • It’s better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. — Matt Damon
  • My fake Japanese was smooth enough to earn me the title of ‘The Emperor of Pleasing Graciousness’ in that country. — Wolfman Jack
  • You don’t lose when you lose fake friends. — Joan Jett
  • The rarest of all things in American life is charm. We spend billions every year manufacturing fake charm that goes under the heading of public relations. Without it, America would be grim indeed. — Anita Loos
  • It’ll be nice not to have to use my fake IDs anymore. — Phil Mickelson
  • Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships. — Sharon Stone
  • You can’t fake listening. It shows. — Raquel Welch
  • Fake is as old as the Eden tree. — Orson Welles
  • Modesty in an actor is as fake as passion in a call girl. — Jackie Gleason
  • Honesty: the most important thing in life. Unless you really know how to fake it, you’ll never make it. — Bernard Rosenberg
  • Memory is like an orgasm. It’s a lot better if you don’t have to fake it. — Seymore Cray
  • The fact that I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake. — H. L. Mencken
  • Honesty is the key to a relationship. If you can fake that, you’re in. — Richard Jeni
  • We’re the geniuses of the house because only a person intelligent as we could fake such stupidity. — Bill Cosby
  • The tongue that belongs to a fake friend is sharper than a knife. — Argentine proverb
  • No matter where or what, there are makers, takers, and fakers. — Robert Heinlein
  • Integrity is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake your consciousness, just as honesty is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake existence. — Ayn Rand


Helpful Resources:

The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When

Great Forgers and Famous Fakes


7 Responses to “Quotes About Fake Things and Faking It”

  1. comment number 1 by: Anonymous

    When I see your two-face walking towards me.
    I look down to the ground because you disgust me.
    When you walk right pass me I know you are a hater.
    I know you have no potential in life because you are a faker.
    You get by in life because you are a cheater.
    You fool and betray people because you are a deceiver.
    And please don’t think I don’t know what you’re doing to me.
    You won’t take advantage over by fooling me.
    Honestly, I just want to tell you to shut the hell up.
    So you can walk right pass me and cut the crap.

  2. comment number 2 by: Abbie

    wow i lik’em!! thanks alot.

  3. comment number 3 by: Aneesha

    WOW WOW!!!!! I Love It!!!

  4. comment number 4 by: adit

    dude dat comment 1 rocks , what words seriously i can feel it !!

  5. comment number 5 by: Anonymous

    Number 1 is from the book Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach. Are you saying this quote is faked?

  6. comment number 6 by: anonymous

    perhaps i saw what i wanted to see in him and made him more than he actually truly was

    what comes around goes around, so later on you will feel the pain that i once felt for you

  7. comment number 7 by: JOHN DOE

    SOME OF THIS INFORMATION DESCRIBES MY FORMER PASTOR

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