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What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.
Hannah Arendt (more quotes by Hannah Arendt or books by/about Hannah Arendt)
(1906-1975) German-American political theorist, escaped Nazi Germany
On Revolution (1963), ch. 2.
Hypocrisy, Vice, Integrity, Crime, Character