Pretension is a claim or aspiration to a particular status or quality.


  • True glory strikes root, and even extends itself; all false pretensions fall as do flowers, nor can anything feigned be lasting.
    • Cicero, as quoted in Great Catches; or, Grand Matches (1861) by Eleanor Frances Blakiston, p. 82
  • Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed: nature never pretends.
  • The more honesty a man has, the less he affects the air of a saint.
    • Johann Kaspar Lavater, as quoted in Many Thoughts of Many Minds (1862) edited by Henry Southgate, p. 290

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