Really to be a hypocrite must require a horrible strength of character.  An ordinary man such as you or I generally fails at last because he has not enough energy to be two men.  It is said that a liar should have a good memory.  But a hypocrite must not only have a good memory of the past, but a consistent and creative vision of the future; his unreal self must be so far real to him.  The perfect hypocrite should be a trinity of artistic talent.  He must be a novelist like Dickens to create a false character.  He must be an actor like Garrick to act it.  And he must be a business man like Carnegie to profit by it.  Such a genius would not be easy to find in any country; but I think it can fairly be said that it would be exceptionally difficult to find him in England.

The Illustrated London News, 17 July 1909.

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