Affectation is an awkward and forced imitation of what should be genuine and easy, wanting the beauty that accompanies what is natural.
—John Locke (1632–1704) English Philosopher, Physician
All affectation; ’tis my perfect scorn;
Object of my implacable disgust.
—William Cowper (1731–1800) English Anglican Poet, Hymn writer
Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.
—Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) French Sociologist, Philosopher
Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine.
—Jacques Barzun (b.1907) French-born American Historian, Philosophers
We are never so ridiculous from the habits we have as from those that we affect to have.
—Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613–80) French Writer
Your virtue is your greatest affectation.
—William Wycherley (c.1640–1716) English Dramatist
Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist
Affectation is certain deformity. — By forming themselves on fantastic models the young begin with being ridiculous, and often end in being vicious.
—Hugh Blair (1718–1800) Scottish Preacher, Scholar, Critic