Fake People Quotes

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Tired of the fakers? These fake people quotes will help you spot them ad teach you how to see through their inauthentic tendencies.

Modern technology and communication makes it easier than ever to stay in touch and informed, but it also has a downside. Fake people!

From mass media coverage to our own social media, we see fake people all the time. So learn to spot the posers with the best fake people quotes and see how to be more authentic in your own life now.

Top 10 Fake People Quotes

Fake people have an image to maintain. Real people just don’t care.

Hachiman Hikigaya

Fake people talk about other people being fake. Real people worry about their business, and no one else’s.

Ziad K. Abdelnour
Tomichan Matheikal quote "Fake people always think others are fake"
“Fake people always think others are fake.” – Tomichan Matheikal

Stay away from people who makes you feel like you are wasting their time.

Paulo Coelho

The realest people don’t have a lot of friends.

Tupac Shakur

We never lose friends, fake ones are exposed.

Carlos Wallace

I love fake people provided they are mannequins.

Pushpa Rana
Orson Welles quote "Fake is as old as the Eden tree"
“Fake is as old as the Eden tree.” – Orson Welles

Feigned interest is worse than brutal honesty.

Stewart Stafford

Most people want to see you do better, but not doing better than them.

London Mond

Quotes about Fake People

Not many people are true, fake as the lies they tell.

Kid Cudi

Fake people are like costume jewelry: They look great for a while, then all of a sudden, their true selves shine through.

Nitya Prakash

The problem is, people are being hated when they’re real and loved when they’re fake.

Bob Marley

Real people are actively trying to live like fake people, so real people are no less fake.

Chuck Klosterman

Because I hate fake people and I always think I’m never fake.

Victoria Jackson

Anything that consoles is fake.

Iris Murdoch

People say they hate having fake people around, but when you keep it real, they hate you even more.

DeMarcus Cousins

Share your weaknesses. Share your hard moments. Share your real side. It’ll either scare away every fake person in your life or it will inspire them to finally let go of that mirage called ‘perfection.’

Dan Pearce

Sometimes those who don’t socialize much aren’t actually anti-social, they just have no tolerance for drama and fake people.

Nneil Sedaka quote "As far as I’m concerned, all politicians are fake people"
“As far as I’m concerned, all politicians are fake people.” – Neil Sedaka

It’s beautiful when your realness is tested by fake people.


The only thing more frustrating than slanderers is those foolish enough to listen to them.

Criss Jami

Life is too short for fake butter or fake people.

Karen Salmansohn

I prefer to surround myself with people who reveal their imperfection, rather than people who fake their perfection.

Charles F. Glassman

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

Oprah Winfrey

It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.

Alfred Adler

I can’t stand fake people. I can feel it when someone feigns it.

Jacqueline Fernandez

Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.

Adrienne Rich

I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness.

Christopher Hitchens

Someone who smiles too much with you can sometimes frown too much with you at your back.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Make sure the lions you roll with aren’t snakes in disguise.

Genereux Philip
"I hate those who play with feelings of others"
“I hate those who play with feelings of others.” – Dominic Carey

Over a small misunderstanding, God will expose how people really feel about you.

Gugu Mofokeng

Time passes and you begin to see, people for who they really are and not who they pretend to be.

Scarlet Koop

If they talk about other people with you, they will talk about you with other people.

Carlos Wallace

Just because you loved a fake person does not mean your love was not real.

Steph Feels

The fake people do not dare to come out from their mask and face the truth of the real ones.

Ehsan Sehgal

Some soap opera, you know, real people pretending to be fake people with made-up problems being watched by real people to forget their real problems.

Chuck Palahniuk

If I doubt your intentions I will never trust your actions.

Carlos Wallace

Fake realities will create fake humans. Or, fake humans will generate fake realities and then sell them to other humans, turning them, eventually, into forgeries of themselves. So we wind up with fake humans inventing fake realities and then peddling them to other fake humans.

Philip K. Dick

Fake Friends Quotes

A strong and lasting friendship can be one of the most fulfilling relationships we enjoy. But what about fake friends? Sometimes we face the disappointing reality that our friends aren’t what we thought they were.

Maybe they were using you, talking about you behind your back, or not valuing you as much as you were them. These fake friends quotes show the drawbacks of letting fake people get closer than others do so you can avoid wasting time and energy on them.

Real friends celebrate your wins. Fake friends downgrade them.

Dan Go

False friends leave you in times of trouble.

Joan Jett quote "You don’t lose when you lose fake friends"
“You don’t lose when you lose fake friends.” – Joan Jett

Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. They pretend to be your friend first.

Steve Irwin

Better an honest enemy than a false friend.

Germa Proverb

Stay away from lazy parasites, who perch on you just to satisfy their needs, they do not come to alleviate your burdens, hence, their mission is to distract, detract and extract, and make you live in abject poverty.

Michael Bassey Johnson

A friend to all, is not a friend to anyone.

Mike Skinner

Fake friends are like shadows: always near you at your brightest moments, but nowhere to be seen at your darkest hour.

Habeeb Akande

To all of you, uh, all you phonies, all of you two-faced friends, you sycophantic suck-ups who smile through your teeth at me, please leave me in peace. Please go. Stop smiling. It’s not a joke. Please leave. The party’s over. Get out.

Christian Bale, Batman Begins

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

Alice Walker

The most dangerous creature on Earth is a fake friend.

Megan Margery

You should be aware of fake friends because it is the hardest to be aware of.

Eraldo Banovac

Fake friends will bring you down no matter what’s happening, and they’ll do it in a way that you may not even realize consciously.

Tom Bilyeu

Fake friends believe in rumors. Real friends believe in you.

Yolanda Hadid
Mokokoma Mokhonoana quote "A genuine enemy is more useful than a fake friend"
“A genuine enemy is more useful than a fake friend.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Fire false friends as early as possible. Do it before they dig out the dream seeds you’ve planted. The earlier, the better; the quicker, the safer.

Israelmore Ayivor

Everybody isn’t your friend. Just because they hang around you and laugh with you doesn’t mean they’re for you.

Trent Shelton

Buy a gift for a dog and you will be amazed at the way it will dance and swerve its tail, but if you don’t have anything to offer it, it won’t even recognize your arrival; such are the attributes of fake friends.

Michael Bassey Johnson

It may…be judged indecent in me to come forward on this occasion; but when I see a fellow-creature about to perish through the cowardice of her pretended friends, I wish to be allowed to speak, that I may say what I know of her character.

Mary Shelley

Being Fake Quotes

We’re all guilty of being fake from time to time. From famous people down to the average joe’s with generous Instagram filters, people are often not what they seem.

Being fake is a choice we don’t need to make, but are often pressured to. So choose to be real and let your authentic self shine through, and you’ll get to know people who appreciate you for who you are.

Being fake is so common now that being real is seen as offensive.

Chris Ruden

Removing the wrong relationships from your life are as important as cultivating the right ones.

Shane Parrish

Fake smiles lead to real break ups.

Mel Robbins

You don’t look fake when you unconsciously pretend.

Toba Beta

Don’t we all just really try to fake it well?

Yancy Butler

We fake perfect so others don’t have to experience any unpleasant realities, because their life is just as fake as ours.

Bryant H. McGill

In a world where there’s so much fake, find it in your heart to be yourself. Be you. Don’t be a hypocrite. No apologies. Say no when you don’t want something. Don’t be forced into saying yes. Be honest. Be authentic. Don’t be part of anything fake.

Mufti Menk
Blazac fake people quote "A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity"
“A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity.” – Honoré de Balzac

Some people think that the truth can be hidden with a little cover-up and decoration. But as time goes by, what is true is revealed, and what is fake fades away.

Ismail Haniyeh

When you see the genuine, you don’t deal with the fakes anymore.

Nima Davani

Mostly, I think people are fake. Well, what do you expect? The fake world we live in conspires to make us all fakes.

Benjamin Alire Saenz

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.

Alexis de Tocqueville

I would rather wear honest tears than the most beautiful and elaborately faked smile.

Tyler Knott Gregson

A clear rejection is always better than a fake promise.

Zig Ziglar

Faking your own death is illegal, yet faking your own life is celebrated

Dean Cavanagh

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

William Shakespeare

No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.

Nathaniel Hawthore

The thing about chameleoning your way through life is that it gets to where nothing is real.

John Green

You can’t fake listening. It shows.

Raquel Welch

You can’t fake it when you’re alone with God, you know.

Jim Bakker

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.

T.S. Eliot

Insecure people often falsify the past, in order to make the future pure.

Shannon L. Alder

Don’t pretend to be what you’re not, instead, pretend to be what you want to be. It is not pretense, it is a journey to self-realization.

Michael Bassey Johnson

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.

Shannon L. Alder

The stories people tell you about themselves seem to retain the possibility of being false. But what you discover about them by yourself seems to be the truth.

John Verdon

If you’re gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.

Marilyn Monroe

Since I am not actually a real human being, my emotional responses are generally limited to what I have learned to fake.

Jeff Lindsay

Phony Quotes

The only thing worse than a coach or CEO who doesn’t care about his people is one who pretends to care. People can spot a phony every time.

Jimmy Johnson

Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony.

Larry Bird

People striving for approval from others become phony.

Ichiro Suzuki
Mike Tyson quote "I'm just happy I'm not a phony"
“I’m just happy I’m not a phony.” – Mike Tyson

I do think that young children can spot a phony a mile away.

Fred Rodgers

In a town full of phonies, I’m not afraid to be me.

Kyle Richards

I let people see the cracks in my life. We can’t be phony. We’ve got to keep it real.

Charles R. Swindoll

You don’t want to come in and be phony and be someone you’re not.

Jimmy Garoppolo

Are there memories left that are safe from the clutches of phony anniversaries?

Pope Paul VI

Al Gore couldn’t be more phony if he were a professional Al Gore impersonator.

Dennis Miller

It’s one of those places that are supposed to be very sophisticated and all, and the phonies are coming in the window.

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Politicians make phony promises all the time that they can’t deliver.

Larry Hogan

You’ve got to be yourself, and if you’re not, you’re a phony. It comes shining through if you’re not careful.

Jack Harbaugh

Just be honest with who you are. Don’t pretend to be something you’re not. Don’t be a phony. Walk your talk. That’s how God works, so doing it is emulating how Source works.

Wayne Dyer

All the women in the world want a phony rock star who plays guitar.

John Mellencamp
"We're phonies if we're not exactly who we are"
“We’re phonies if we’re not exactly who we are.” – Dolly Parton

What we need is a rebirth of satire, of dissent, of irreverence, of an uncompromising insistence that phoniness is phony and platitudes are platitudinous.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

There are phony teachers who profess all kinds of things, and I think you will figure out real fast who they are. They just don’t feel right.

Frederick Lenz

People respect you because they feel you’ve survived hard times and endured, and although you’ve become famous, you haven’t become phony.

Marilyn Monroe

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that those who choose acting as a profession are phonies who live in a fantasy world. What is surprising is how many of them are blissfully unaware of it.

Julie Burchill

Hippies are so phony and fake.

George Harrison

And without so much as an apology, you ran off with that sideshow phony.

Jack Nicholson, Batman

We hope our fake people quotes taught you how to spot the phonies and see through their acts. Being authentic is hard, but is a huge part of being yourself and interacting genuinely with others.

Indeed, those who embrace who they are and what they do best are more likely to be happy and less likely to indulge fake people in their lives.

So double check these fake people quotes whenever you feel like someone doesn’t have honest intentions. They may even help you benefit from being honest about yours.

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's editor, and has collected and shared inspiring quotes and stories since 2005. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.